BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has decided that they will not continue their MOU with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), which will run out by the end of this year.
This means that Singaporean team, LionsXII will no longer take any part in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) starting next year, and Harimau Muda B will also not take part in the S.League.
The debate on whether LionsXII will continue playing in the M-League has been going on for few weeks but after their EXCO meeting, FAM decided that the Lions will no longer play in the M-League and insisted that the decision is best for both parties.
Speaking after the meeting, FAM representatives said: “After several meetings and discussions, including with the FAS, analysing every angle and receiving opinions from all stakeholders, we have decided that we will not continue our MOU with the FAS.”
“Despite the FAS' interest of playing in the [Malaysia] Super League again for the upcoming season, we believe that the decision we made is best for both parties.”
Due to this, there will be an empty slot in the MSL and the FAM has decided that ATM, who finished 11thin the Super League this year, and T-Team, who finished third in this year’s Malaysia Premier League, will play in a playoff match to determine who will play in Malaysia's top flight next year.
“To be fair, there will be a playoff match between ATM and T-Team, to determine who will fill the empty slot left by the LionsXII, while Kuala Lumpur FA will remain in the Premier League to fill the empty slot in that league.”
LionsXII started playing in the M-League since 2012, in which they finished second in the league and made it to the semi-final of the Malaysia Cup in the same year.
In their four-year stint in Malaysia, LionsXII have won one Super League title in 2013 and this year's FA Cup trophy, defeating Kelantan in the final.