The increase of unlicensed agents representing local players in the M-League is causing a headache for football administrators in the country. FILE PIC

THE increase of unlicensed agents representing local players in the M-League is causing a headache for football administrators in the country.

These unscrupulous agents are not registered with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) and this has caused some problems for players they represent.

Some unlicensed agents have left players with issues over unpaid salaries with their clubs.

They are just in the business to make quick cash and do not want to entertain their players whenever there are contractual issues.

These agents have tainted the image of the M-League.

MVP Sports Agency director, Hafizan Halim, a football agent, said those who want to represent players have to get a valid licence as stipulated in Fifa’s rules and regulations.

"Local and foreign agents must have a license issued by FAM. Foreigners, who are licensed agents in their country, must also obtain one in Malaysia if they want to do business here.

“The system is the same in other countries. For example, if an agent wants to bring players to Japan or South Korea, they will need to register with the country’s national body.”

Hafizan claimed: “Local agents need to pay RM10,000 a year for a licence from FAM, while foreigners have to fork out RM50,000.

“Perhaps, the fees are the reason why agents shy away from getting registered,” he said.

It is understood that there are not more than five agents registered with FAM.

For the record, there are 612 local and 108 foreign players registered with teams in the M-League.

Hafizan said some players appoint their family members to represent them as agents.

“Some have clerks and despatch boys as their agents. This is the reason why players are clueless over contents of contracts,” he said.

Hafizan hopes that FAM will look into this issue as this practice is unfair for legitimate agents who fork out a tidy sum to get a licence.

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