Star forward urges Malaysia to follow Indonesia’s example in protecting players

National footballing icon Safee Sali calls for the creation of a professional association to help and look after the rights of football players in Malaysia

Ace striker Safee Sali has called for a professional football players association to be set up in this country.

Safee who now plays for Pelita Jaya FC in Indonesia, said the welfare and rights of the players will be taken care of with the presence of such an association.

“The recent controversy involving two Terengganu players highlights the need for such an association,” he said at the ‘SYM Hari Raya Open House with Safee Sali’ in Alma yesterday.

“I sympathise with them for having to put up with such a shameful situation.”

The Tapah-born player said the players association in Indonesia is active in taking care of and providing guidance for local footballers in the republic, and that Malaysia should take a leaf out of its neighbours book by doing the same.

On Thursday, Terengganu coach Peter Butler announced that Muslim Ahmad and Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri will never play for him again after allegedly breaking team rules by bringing girls back to their room after a league match against Kedah.

The duo have however denied the allegations and claim that they have been made the victims of slander.