Monday, October 16, 2006

Malaysia acts on clubs that don't respond positively

The Football Association of Malaysia is strictly enforcing its rules on club participation in its major leagues. FAM has rejected a request by Johor FA to use the name of club side Pasir Gudang United following their recent merger because the 2005/06 FAM Cup winner had been suspended for two seasons when it failed to give a positive response to the FAM as to whether it would be taking part in the TM-Premier League's 2006/07 season commencing in December. The Competitions Committee ruled that the name of Pasir Gudang United can only be used for the 2008-2009 season onwards.

Another club side, Kelantan TNB, will also not be allowed to play in the TM-Premier League for the new season following their failure to file in letters of participation by the extended due date. As a result, the club was banned for two seasons and fined RM50,000. The club has the right to appeal within 14 days.

However, the appeal from former Malaysia Cup champion MBPJ FC to be allowed to play in the TM-Super League for the 2006-2007 season has been rejected. The club side was previously banned for two seasons following its failure to respond in a positive manner to FAM’s several earlier request for participation.

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