KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 -- All teams and clubs competing in the 2020 Malaysia League have been advised to hold frank discussions with players to address the effects of the league postponement as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League (MFL) in a statement today said a solution or agreement on important issues such as salary payment, contract status and welfare should be achieved in this difficult time when the league is postponed.
FAM secretary-general, Stuart Ramalingam said the call to hold discussions, with players is the best approach to be taken by the team now.
“Rather than just issuing statements or making comments in the media which would only complicated the situation, it is better to continue talking with players and officers openly on salary, contract, welfare and so on.
“ It is true all parties involved have their interests to protect. But in this situation, all parties should also be willing sacrifice to achieve the best solution for the football industry,” he said.
Stuart stressed that FAM and MFL are always ready to advise any parties including teams, players and officers in this difficult time.
Earlier, some teams had voiced their concerns on the effects of the postponement on their financial position and there were claims of cutting player salary to enable the team survive.
Therefore MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan in the same statement said the call to hold discussion did not mean all players have to abide by the decision to cut their pay during the period when the league competition is postponed.
“What has happened is not the fault of any parties including teams which lost their source of income when no matches were played. This is a very different situation which we have not come across. So I think all parties including players and officers should understand.
"All involved need to have the same view to protect their common interest, through thin and thick,” said Ab Ghani.
FAM and MFL will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 and follow the orders of the government before coming out with a new M-League schedule.
Meanwhile, several national football legends said there should be compromise and mutual understanding between the management and players as well as officers to go through this difficult period following COVID-19 outbreak.
Datuk Hassan Sani said he understand the tough position faced by all teams including players and officers and they are urged to find the best solution to go through this pandemic.
“All parties should sit down and talk especially on players’ salary and welfare as this outbreak is affecting the football fraternity globally.
“In fact some of them overseas are ready to take pay cuts,” he said in a statement issued by MFL.
Also sharing the view were Datuk Santokh Singh and Datuk Soh Chin Aun, who hoped state football associations and M-League clubs would be proactive in finding solutions to the current predicament.
MFL and FAM have earlier decided to postpone all football activities under their purview since March 16 to adhere to the Movement Control Order enforced by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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