Pahang docked points, lose AFC Cup spot after FIFA ruling

FIFA have ordered the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to deduct points from Pahang’s Malaysia Super League (MSL) campaign for refusing to pay compensation to former striker Mohamed Borji, resulting in the Elephants losing their AFC Cup spot.

Pahang no longer hold the label of 2015 MSL Super League runners-up after they were docked six points for failing to comply with FIFA’s decision to instruct the 2014 Malaysia Cup champions to compensate Borji for terminating his contract in 2013.

As a result, Pahang drop to third in the standings and Selangor move up into second place and take Pahang’s AFC Cup slot. FA Cup winners qualify for the AFC Cup, but because winners LionsXII cannot represent Malaysia in Asia, Pahang earned the slot instead.

“We just received a letter from FIFA instructing us to do so because Pahang have still not paid the compensation owed. FIFA sent three letters in the past,” said FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin.

It’s believed Pahang only found out about the decision through the media and are expected to clarify the situation on Wednesday.

FourFourTwo understands Pahang believe they don’t owe Borji anything as both parties reached a mutual agreement to part ways.

An insider at Pahang claimed they also responded to all of FIFA’s letters and were puzzled at this latest development.