- Fri 30 Sep, 2005 8:34 am
FAM confirm Public Bank’s M-League withdrawal
PETALING JAYA: Club football took another beating yesterday with demoted Public Bank quitting the M-League.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have confirmed that Public Bank, who were the runners-up last year in the inaugural eight-team Super League but finished seventh this season, handed in their letter of withdrawal for the new season, which kicks off in December.
The FAM general secretary, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, said: “Yes, we have received the letter from them. They have their reasons to quit.
“At the same time, though, it has sent out strong signals that club football needs to be reviewed seriously. It is a sad thing to happen and we have to see what steps can be taken on this matter.
“Disciplinary action can be taken against them but whatever punishment meted out will not resolve the matter as they will not be playing anyway.
“We have to look at the bigger picture and see what needs to be done for clubs to be sustainable in the league. There are many parties who want clubs to play in the M-League but we have to seriously go down to the roots to find whether they can really compete, especially when it comes to the high financial aspects of a running a team.”
Public Bank are the second club side to withdraw after Negri Sembilan Chempaka, who quit the top flight of the M-League three years ago. Chempaka quit because they were unable to come up with about RM2 million needed to run the team.
The deadline for registration of teams for the new season is today.
It is learnt that Premier League's MK Land will also call it a day after three seasons in the fray. Together with Public Bank, MK Land also failed to meet their pre-season expectations.
Public Bank were relegated from the Super League together with Sabah. MK Land had for two seasons missed out on promotion. This year, they finished third in their group behind Selangor and Kedah.
p/s dah sampai masanye FAM buat sesuatu. sayang kalau kelab besar seperti public bank keluar dr liga.
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