Docked points reinstated, but FMLLP shoot down Kelantan's French recruit
The Red Warriors signed Frenchman L'Imam Seydi despite being informed of the sanctions well before the window opened on May 22 and now they are unable to utilise him.
On May 2, FMLLP docked Kelantan, T-Team, Perlis and ATM six points and handed them a conditional transfer ban for failing to submit previous years’ documents relating to payment of salaries, income tax, provident fund and insurance.
FMLLP are unable to exercise discretion for Kelantan's request because the change does not bring a positive impact on Kelantan’s financial position.
The conditional ban imposed meant teams were unable to sign new players unless they could prove the transfer helps improve the team’s financial standing.
FMLLP had previously allowed Kelantan to register Lebanon's Abou Bakr after selling his compatriot Mohamed Ghaddar for an undisclosed fee to MSL giants Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a transfer the Southern Tigers claimed was the most expensive in Malaysia.
"The ban imposed on Kelantan still stands and registration has been refused because Kelantan still do not meet the criteria set for the registration of teams," read the statement issued by FMLLP.
"FMLLP are unable to exercise discretion for Kelantan's request to register Seydi because the change does not bring a positive impact on Kelantan’s financial position."
FMLLP, however, reduced the point deduction to three points because they are satisfied Kelantan are making efforts to complete the registration by furnishing related documents and produced a repayment plan for the arrears.
The league organisers had previous reinstated T-Team and Perlis three points after they furnished required documents.
Kelantan have also asked for more room to settle their dues but FMLLP have insisted on an October 31 deadline, or risk being demoted to the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) next season.
Unfortunately for Kelantan, poor management decisions in the past are still costing them. The debt pile, believed to be over RM4 million, is only increasing. FIFA have yet to decide on seven compensation-related cases involving Kelantan and their former employees.