The Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) CEO Kevin Ramalingam has confirmed that there are at least five clubs that have yet to obtain their license for the 2018 Malaysia Super League.
Should they fail to obtain their license by the given deadline, the five clubs will be at risk of being eliminated from the Super League.
“It has been made very clear that teams that fail to obtain their club license will not be allowed to compete in the MSL. If that happens, we will see a few vacant spots in the Super League next season.” Kevin Ramalingam told Harian Metro.
“One of the ways to solve this is look out for Premier League teams that have fulfilled the criteria for club license – and then they can play in the Super League. But this is just an idea.” he added.
Earlier in September, Football Association of Malaysia’s secretary-general Datuk Hamidin also announced that only 7 out of the 12 Super League clubs have been approved to compete in the 2018 Malaysia Super League.
The 7 team that have obtain their license are Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Pahang FA, Perak FA, PKNS FC, Penang FA, Selangor FA and T-Team FC.
The other five teams – Felda United FC, Kedah FA, Kelantan FA, Melaka United SA and Sarawak FA were refused license for “failure to fulfil the criteria that was required”.
However, the FMLLP CEO also noted that they are ready to work out a solution with the five clubs if they will come forward to discuss the matter.
“The clubs can always make appeal, of course it is up to the appeal panel to decide, but I think so long as they can provide us with all the relevant documents there shouldn’t be a problem.” Kevin added.