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KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April 2017:
FA of Malaysia president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has warned of more drastic action against teams competing in the Malaysia League that still have not settled players salary arrears.
Tunku Ismail was fuming because the national football governing body had to cough up RM27 million to settle debts of the teams and for incentives – despite it itself facing financial problems.
“I believe there are still several players who are waiting for their salary arrears to be settled and I hope the parties responsible act on it quickly or face dire consequences.
“I do not want to hear excuses that they failed to do so because FAM still owed them money. As such, after this, if there are still teams which fail to clear the salary arrears of their players, more drastic action will be taken against them,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said FAM had settled its outstanding debts to the tune of RM9 million involving 24 teams – that is RM500,000 to Super League teams and RM250,000 for those in the Premier League.
He said FAM had also settled its annual incentive payments for 2017 – namely RM1 million each for Super League teams and RM500,000 each for those in the Premier League, totalling RM18 million.
“I hope the money will be put to good use in running their teams.”
Players salary arrears has been a never ending saga in this country and Tunku Ismail, who was newly-elected as FAM president, wants an end to it.
Prior to this, Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam had said six teams would have their points docked if they failed to settle the salary arrears of their players.
He said two of these were Super League teams and four from the Pemier League – which together had failed to settle arrears totalling RM5 million, apart from income tax payments and Employees Provident Fund contributions.