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Federation settles dispute, slamming media rumours

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
Visakha recently revealed it had signed contracts with five former Phnom Penh Crown academy players. KT / Yeun Punlue

The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) issued a press release yesterday announcing it had resolved a transfer dispute concerning five Phnom Penh Crown youngsters and their controversial move to Metfone C-League rivals Visakha FC.

“The FFC expresses regret about gaps in the rules governing domestic transfers and would seek to close the above gaps in accordance with the rapid growth of football in the Kingdom of Cambodia, reads the statement. “The FFC will pass a draft Transfer Control Act in early 2019.”

Phnom Penh Crown football club, the kingdom’s most successful domestic club, had threatened to pullout from the top tier of Cambodia’s football after league rivals Visakha revealed it had signed contracts with five former Crown academy players.

Members of Phnom Penh Crown’s first-team squad announced a move to rivals Visakha – a move which prompted Crown to announce it would challenge the move with football authorities.

Current members of the Cambodia senior national team Sin Kakada and In Sodavid, along with Ouk Sovann, Kim Chhaya and Ken Chansopheak were all presented by Visakha to the press in an unveiling on December 18.

Phnom Penh Crown reacted to the resolution with a press release of their own published on their official website.

“Phnom Penh Crown is pleased to inform the public as well as the fans about the outcome of the five-player dispute which stemmed from Phnom Penh Crown’s youth team players move to Visakha Football Club, reads the statement.

“In the spirit of the Football Federation of Cambodia, Phnom Penh Crown is delighted to accept a resolution as set out in Press Release No. 119/18 BNN, dated 26th. December 2018 by the Football Federation of Cambodia. Phnom Penh Crown Football Club agree to receive a subsidy from Visakha FC for accommodation and training costs [of the five-named players].”

Phnom Penh Crown also supports the position of the Football Federation of Cambodia, which plans to pass a law on domestic management and transfer at the Football Federation of Cambodia’s Plenary Session to be held in early 2019. This will close the gaps in the law and prevent any hostile acts like the club had just encountered.”

The FFC also reprimanded media and journalists whom they accused of whipping up unnecessary speculation and rumour regarding the controversial move.

“For all journalists, it is important to study the rules before publishing news, especially after a series of controversial issues were published between Phnom Penh Crown and Visakha. The FFC appeal to all media to be clear about legal issues before disclosing information, and to avoid misunderstandings that would hurt the reputation and honour of football clubs in the kingdom of Cambodia.”

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