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Efforts to modernize Southeast Asian soccer collide with COVID

Malaysia hopes to follow Thailand's lead in weening teams off of state support

The Football Association of Malaysia wants more teams to join Johor Darul Ta'zim in becoming privately owned entities.   © AP

LONDON -- After years of discussion, efforts to privatize Malaysia's soccer teams finally appeared set to make meaningful strides in 2020. Then came a global pandemic that has made the process much more difficult in the short term -- but also, many argue, more necessary in the long term.

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