AGENTS COMPLAIN OF HIGH FEE
FAM charge close to RM50,000 for licence
THE RM47,700 fee imposed by the FA of Malaysia (FAM) on foreign football agents is one of the highest in the world. “How can this be!” said a foreign agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“The fee is very high compared to other countries.”
“How can a fee of close to RM50,000 be imposed? I am also a registered agent in Australia where it costs only US$550 (RM2,144) to get registered.
“And in South Korea, it is around US$1,000 (RM3,899), while Colombia only charges US$600 (RM2,339) a year.
“So why is FAM imposing such high fees just to get a licence to do business here? This is puzzling.
“Perhaps, this is the reason why some agents do not want to register with FAM.”
NSTP Sport disclosed on Tuesday that there were only four registered agents in the country.
The small number of registered agents simply does not make sense as the Super League and Premier League have a total of 612 local and 108 foreign players this season.
FAM want to clamp down on unlicensed agents as they do not want players to get a raw deal over contractual issues.
As for local agents, they need to fork out RM10,600 for a licence.
However, agents who renew their licences for the following season only need to pay half of the initial registration fee.
The agent, whose players are representing Kelantan, Penang and PKNS, hopes FAM will reduce the registration fees.
“The fee for foreign agents is just too high. I hope FAM will look into this,” he added.
An unlicensed local agent said the lack of enforcement is the reason why many do not register with FAM.
“I want to see how serious is FAM in making it compulsory for all agents to register. So far unlicensed agents can still do business just like those who are registered.
“What does a licensed agent get in terms of benefits? “It is not a problem for me to pay the fee, but I want to see the terms first.
“FAM should step up and enforce the new ruling to ensure that only registered agents can operate and do business in the MLeague,” he said.