M-League teams should emulate JDT’s sacrifice: FAM

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The players, coaches and staff of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) team, have not only agreed to a 33 per cent salary cut, they have in fact pledged to donate part of their earnings to the Johor State Disaster Fund.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Secretary-General Stuart Ramalingam in a statement issued by FAM said the sacrifice shown by the players and officers of JDT should be emulated by other teams in M-League.

JDT announced the measure was taken on Sunday in the team’s official Facebook.

“What has been shown by JDT is the best management model of a club in handling the problem which is a currently a global issue and appreciation should be attributed to the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Duli Yang Amat Mulia Major General Tunku Ismail, on this positive effort and the way he manages the club on the overall,” said Stuart. He hoped other M-League teams would hold frank discussions and achieve a consensus on salary payment during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) lauded the entire JDT team for agreeing to a 33 per cent pay cut to assist the team face a difficult time in the country’s football industry.

MFL Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan in a statement yesterday said the approach of JDT in holding discussion with players, coaches and other personnel succeeded in getting a consensus to help the financial position of the team.

“The spirit of ‘Fair Play’ is embedded in the salary reduction move which is seen as an austerity measure to help JDT team weather through the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.