Club chiefs slam PFA salary cap demands

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A-League club bosses have slammed pay demands by Professional Footballers Australia that stalled negotiations over a Collective Bargaining Agreement and sparked a training boycott by the Matildas.

The PFA want the salary cap to increase by $100,000 next season followed by a further additional $200,000 but Football Federation Australia have baulked at the $3 million total cost.

The FFA last night claimed the PFA had made "fresh demands" on the salary cap but the PFA say these are the same figures they have been pursuing since talks began seven months ago.

Today Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow backed the FFA while Adelaide United boss Greg Griffin branded the move "economic vandalism".

He added: “The PFA has shown its reckless regard for the clubs who collectively employ over 200 professional players.

“The demand for another $3 million in payments is a dangerous folly, especially in such a young league. Do they want to send clubs broke before they comprehend the damage?

“We keep hearing from the PFA about respect for players. What about respect for clubs, their staff, members and sponsors? Respect is a two way street.

“In any negotiation all parties must treat each other with respect. Whilst I completely disagree with what happened yesterday I respect the right of the players to negotiate as hard as they deem required.

"However, to seek to introduce at this late stage game changing demands that the PFA knows the game cannot afford and the clubs will not agree to, is to disrespect the process that has been ongoing for seven months.

"I urge the PFA to return to the table and conclude these difficult negotiations in good faith without stating demands which they know will be rejected and which only purpose appears to be to antagonise the FFA and the clubs.”

Sydney Chairman Scott Barlow added: “The PFA has lost all sense of perspective with this latest round of demands. Their new claims are unaffordable and plainly irresponsible.   

“The PFA needs to realise we must have financially viable clubs if the A-League is going to grow and achieve its potential. 

“Today the majority of A-League clubs are still losing money and the PFA’s latest demands would simply push clubs further into debt. We cannot afford to see clubs go broke. 

“Financial security for players will only be achieved when clubs are financially stable.”

The stalemate yesterday sparked a traning camp boycott by the Matildas ahead of their tour of the USA next week, which is now in doubt while the pay dispute continues.

But the Matildas' action has won backing from sportswomen across the globe on Twitter including basketballer Lauren Jackson and USA WNT star Alex Morgan, while A-League, Socceroos and fellow W-League stars pledged their support..

The next round of talks are planned to take place on September 21, just days before the A-League kicks off on October 8. If a deal is not in place by then, players could choose to go on strike until an agreement is reached.