Friday, 13 January 2012

Terengganu told to follow proper procedure before taking legal action

Affiliates of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) can file a suit in court against the governing body but only as a last resort to settle a dispute.

Commenting on Terengganu’s threat to take legal redress over the foreign player issue, FAM secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad said affiliates who wished to take the FAM to court must, however, go through a process.

“As an affiliate, the Terengganu FA must refer the matter to the FAM competitions committee. If they are not happy with the committee’s decision, they can refer the matter to the FAM exco.

“The next step will be referring the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Only when an amicable solution is not found can the affiliate seek legal redress,” he said yesterday. 

On Wednesday, Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said had issued an ultimatum to the FAM, urging the national body to resolve the foreign players’ registration issue, failing which Terengganu and T-Team will withdraw from the M-League. 

Ahmad said he was disappointed with the FAM’s lack of professionalism and may also seek legal redress to resolve the issue. 

He said FAM must allow Terengganu to use both the foreign players who were signed after receiving a circular from the governing body, as well as compensate the association since a huge sum of money had been spent to sign them. 

“If FAM failed to fulfil our requests, we will not hesitate to take legal action based on their circular dated Dec 23, with regard to the registration of foreign players,” he said. 

He said the letter sent by Azzuddin stated that Terengganu must name a maximum of two foreign players to play in the 2012 M-League season and changes could only be made when the registration window opens from April 2 to 16. 

“In para 4.22 of the letter, it stated the names of the foreign players must be registered before or by noon of Jan 6 (Friday) for Kelantan and for Terengganu before noon of Jan 9 (Monday). 

“They (FAM) did not mention that the players to be signed are to play only in the AFC Cup and not the M-League,” said Ahmad. 

Ahmad said, based on the letter, Terengganu went ahead to sign Liberian Francis Forkey Doe and Brazilian Erison Da Silva Santos Carniet but FAM refused to allow both players to play in the League. 

The competitions committee will meet at the Wisma FAM today to discuss the issue.

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