Kuantan FA head coach Ismail Zakaria said he could do nothing when his players decided not to play on Sunday due to salary issues. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuantan FA are expected to be kicked out of the Premier League after failing to show up for a match against Police on Sunday.

The Malaysia Football League (MFL) said in a statement that they took the no-show seriously and could hand Kuantan FA a heavy sentence.

"The MFL secretariat will forward this development to our board of directors to cancel Kuantan FA's involvement in the league.

“We also expect the FA of Malaysia to hand them a similarly heavy sentence.

"Appropriate action must be taken to make sure that not only the team are penalised, but also to those who are involved in the no-show to make sure they are no longer involved in the local scene," the statement said.

Kuantan FA did not turn up for the match because their players have not been paid their salaries for three months.

However, MFL said they have been fair to the players and officials by paying them a month’s salary with the money from this season's grant.

"We gave the one month’s salary so that the Kuantan FA management can sort out their problems and continue playing in the league.

"MFL also received an assurance that the problem will be solved with a new sponsor coming in. But Kuantan FA failed, and now we need to make a firm stand."

The match was supposed to be played at the Shah Alam Stadium, but at 9pm, the referee blew for Police to receive a walkover, and were awarded a 3-0 win.

Kuantan FA head coach Ismail Zakaria said he could do nothing when his players decided not to play on Sunday due to salary issues.

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