KUALA LUMPUR – Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) urged the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) to stop manipulating facts and politicising the issue related to the registration of a foreign player.
FMLLP in a statement today chided KAFA for refusing to follow the guidelines set for filling up documents related to the registration of players like other teams that had also faced FMLLP’s disciplinary action.
Early last month, FMLLP had docked six points from four M-League teams – Kelantan, T-Team, Perlis and Armed Forces – and barred the teams from registering new players after failing to settle the outstanding wages and failing to complete the registration form of players.
Three of the four teams penalised by FMLLP had submitted the necessary documents and submitted an appeal, prompting FMLLP to lift the ban on players and reduce the penalty of six points to three, (T-Team and Perlis) while Armed Forces’ case is still under consideration.
“A letter from FMLLP dated May 2, 2017 clearly stated that teams that did not submit the relevant documents before May15, 2017 would not be allowed to register new players.
“If KAFA had financial problems, they should inform FMLLP and explain the situation clearly so that we can help or consider the next course of action. However, there was no such initiative from KAFA. The requirements are simple, just provide us the relevant documents as per the guidelines.
“No document means there is no registration and therefore action can be taken like docking points or banning the registration of players in the future,” said FMLLP in the statement.
The spat between KAFA and FMLLP worsened when KAFA adviser Tan Sri Annuar Musa criticised FMLLP for not approving the registration of a new foreign player – Syedi L Imam – from Lebanon, to replace Alessandro Padovani Celin who has not been performing well.
Annuar had also urged FMLLP to retract the transfer of Kelantan’s Lebanese import Mohammed Ghaddar to Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) because the association had failed to fulfill the guidelines set by the governing body.
FMLLP today said teams can only register new players if such a signing brought benefits to the team.
“For example, selling Mohammad Ghaddar to JDT will be a gain for KAFA and the money can be used to pay the outstanding wages of players. This is FMLLP’s clear objective, that of to help teams that faced financial problems,” said the statement.. – BERNAMA