“Don’t demotivate my players” – Datuk Seri Vida to FAM

Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) honourary advisor Datuk Seri Dr Hasmiza Othman has expressed her disappointment towards the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) due to them dragging the issue of unpaid salaries to the Disciplinary Committee of the body.

According to the disciplinary code, the severity of punishment that may be faced by KAFA include the deduction of points, banning the transfer of players, demotion to the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) or elimination from the Malaysia Super League (MSL) next season.

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“Do not allow this bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. The punishment is too heavy because the entire team will feel demotivated,” Datuk Seri Vida said as quoted by Harian Metro.

“My players have to go through a lot just go earn a couple of points for the club. We are working hard looking for donations to settle the payments but we need more time.”

Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) CEO Kevin Ramalingam threatened to punish the teams who fail to pay salaries to their players by deducting points or demoting them to lower leagues. This comes after KAFA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa challenged FAM and FMLLP to punish them without even listening to their problems first.