AGENTS COMPLAIN OF HIGH FEE

FAM charge close to RM50,000 for li­cence

New Straits Times - - SPORT - AZIMAN ROSDI, ZULFAIZAN MANSOR and SYAFIQ ADZNAN nst­sport@nstp.com.my

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.

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