Former LionsXII defender Baihakki Khaizan will not be allowed to return to his former club on loan after being de-registered for current side Johor Darul Takizm (JDT).
The Singapore international was cut from JDT's first-team for the rest of the season two weeks ago and subsequently favoured a return to the LionsXII, but the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has stated that the only way for Baihakki to do so was to terminate his contract at JDT.
Baihakki, 30, signed a four-year deal in January to move to Johor in a big-money transfer. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) filed an appeal to loan him back to LionsXII, but this was rejected by the FAM on Tuesday after a meeting.
"The committee has considered that Baihakki is JDT’s import player and if he were to return to LionsXII, he will be considered as a local player for LionsXII, which means his contract must end first before he can play for the Lions in the Super League,” stated Datuk Seria Afandi Hamzah, chairman of FAM's Local Competition Committee, to Astro Arena.
FAM has given FAS and Baihakki a week to resolve the issue but it seems unlikely that the defender will end his contract at JDT, although the ruling does not prohibit him from making a temporary move to a foreign league.