Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Show us the money

ALMOST RM1 million! That is how much is owed to players and coaches by just six State FAs in the M-League. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have ordered teams to pay up before the end of November or risk being kicked out of the domestic leagues.

However, it is yet to be seen if the States can pay off their debts and start the new season on a clean sheet. The new season is expected to start in January.

This is in addition to the whopping RM6,291,481 owed by State FAs to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF). Malacca top the list of errant employers, owing players and coaches RM286,378.99.

Perak aresecond with RM272,000, followed by Penang (RM46,216.25), Kelantan (RM63,400) and Sarawak (RM48,500). Negri Sembilan, meanwhile, have yet to settle their dues to former Slovakian import Marian Juhas totalling US$60,500 (RM214,321).

Juhas played for Slovakian Super League club FC Kosice and Perak before plying his trade with the Deers last season.

Perak, Penang and Kelantan played in the Super League this season while Malacca and Sarawak are in the Premier League. Perak still owe skipper S. Subramaniam two months wages totalling RM12,000.
The Kinta Valley side are also struggling to pay their former players, including Hardi Jaafar (RM28,000). Hardi now plays for Super League champions Selangor. All teams must clear all outstanding payments (wages and EPF), place a deposit of RM150,000 and at least RM2.5 million in their accounts.

Teams in the Premier League, meanwhile, must have a minimum of RM1.5 million and deposit RM100,000 with FAM.

“While it’s good that FAM are finally being strict about money matters, we hope they will not cave in to the demands of the States which will definitely ask for a relaxation of the rules,” said an official who declined to be named.

Another official claimed that such mismanagement will only result in more players looking for “dirty” money, implying rampant match-fixing.

“What is so professional about our league when the States are not even paying the players and coaches on time? Why don’t those running the teams take a pay cut for two months and see how they manage,” said a former player.

“People tend to ask why players get involved in matchfixing. Well, isn’t it obvious now?”

From Malay Mail

COMMENT - will anything change? There is a lot of exciting young talent in Malaysian football but I fear they will never get to realise their quality all the time the status quo remains the same

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