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KANGAR, 4 May 2017:
Perlis Football Association (PFA) president Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman said he is disappointed with Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) for deducting the team’s points in the 2017 Premier League season, without consideration.
Rozabil said the move was made in haste and FMLLP should have first investigated the problem which caused PFA to be not to be able to complete its due process to update players’ remuneration in time.
He said what happened in Perlis was beyond the control of PFA as it was due to a misunderstanding which led to a technical error by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
“The EPF payments for each player had been sent to EPF Kangar since last December. Then they sent a letter to EPF Kuala Lumpur for it to be processed but there has been no response until now, although PFA has followed up on the status of the process with them.”
FMLLP’s chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam announced on Tuesday two Premier League teams – Perlis and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) – and two Super League squads Kelantan and T-Team would have six-points deducted from their tally effective immediately, following their alleged failure to settle players’ wages on time.
Meanwhile, T-Team’s chief operating officer Aidi-Naim Mohamad Samsani said he hoped FMLLP would reconsider its harsh decision, adding that the team had sent a letter of appeal to the country’s football league administrator as soon as they received the email on the points deduction.
He said T-Team had never faced any problems in paying players’ salaries but there was some delay in updating contributions to EPF, Social Security Organisation and Inland Revenue Board.
“There was a delay in updating the football information management and MYPass, but we had already informed about this matter before the deadline given by the FMLLP on March 31,” he said in a statement.
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