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FAM slapped 2 years ban on Pahang

11:10 AM SGT 21/12/17
Pahang's first eleven against T-Team 27/1/2017
Pahang will not be allowed to apply for AFC Club Licence for the next two years following their refusal to participate in the next AFC Cup.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has penalised Pahang FA after they steadfastly refuse to send their team to participate in the 2018 AFC Cup competition.

Pahang were given the slot for finishing second in the 2017 Super League and after FA Cup winners, Kedah did not meet the requirements to secure and AFC Club Licence.

Despite being given a chance to change their decision following first rejection, Pahang stuck to their guns and remained committed to only compete in the Malaysia domestic competitions.

FAM has taken this matter seriously as it impacts on the country's Member Association (MA) rankings within Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

With the AFC not allowing a replacement team if a team from a MA decline a spot in the competition, Malaysia were left with only Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in next season's AFC Cup.

Having done so well in recent years to the point that Malaysia will now be given an automatic spot in the 2019 AFC Champions League, this could possible harm future Malaysia's rankings.

Pahang will now not be able to apply for the AFC Club Licence for the year 2018 and 2019, although they reserved the rights to appeal the decision.