State FAs and football clubs as well as the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have been urged to tightly control offers of exorbitant salaries to players to avoid pay arrears.

Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the problem cropped up due to their inclination to tie up players of their choice by accepting demands for high salaries.

He said it should not be the case if the teams had studied their income and sponsorship forecasts first before offering high value contracts.

“So, every team must make accurate financial forecasts and not get carried away with efforts to obtain the service of players of their choice when they cannot afford to do so,” he told reporters after launching the application ‘Fitness In My Pocket’, here Tuesday.

On the promise by the Malaysian Armed Forces Football Association (PBAT) to pay the salary arrears of its players in a month, Khairy said: “This is a positive development and I notice the Chief of Army himself had made the statement to solve the salary arrears of the players.”

Yesterday, Army chief and PBAT president General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor had announced that PBAT would settle the arrears of its players in a month or not exceeding 90 days as stipulated by FAM.

In another development, Khairy expressed disappointment at the poor showing of the national futsal team which saw Malaysia at the bottom of Group D in the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Malaysia lost 1-2 to Australia in the opening match on Thursday, were trounced 1-11 by Japan on Saturday and lost 2-6 to Qatar, yesterday. – BERNAMA

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