FFA alleges further cap breaches by Glory

Football Federation Australia continues to ratchet up the pressure on Perth Glory announcing its intention to slap the A-League outfit with a third Show Cause notice for alleged salary cap breaches this season.

The third notice alleges the club failed to disclose reportable benefits and payments in excess of $100,000.

This is in addition to failure to to disclose reportable benefits and payments to at least six players, and findings the club had been operating above the cap in the order of $400,000.

Perth has been fined $269,000 and disqualified from taking part in the 2014/15 finals.

The third notice will be issued to Perth Glory by Friday.

The latest announcement comes as a war of words broke out between the club and FFA over an appeal before the FFA Disciplinary Committee in Sydney tonight.

In a statement Glory said details of the case had been leaked to the media and raised concerns about negative backgrounding to the media.

“The club also notes undertakings made at the HAL Chairmen’s meeting last week by the FFA Chairman and its CEO, to prevent future negative ‘background briefing’ against A-League clubs,” the statement read.

“The club is currently seeking Counsel on the matter over defamatory reporting.

Glory said the club, represented by a Queens Counsel, was contesting the FFA’s determination and penalties on several grounds, asserting that:

1. The club’s Total Player Payments for the 2014/15 Contract Year are forecast by the club to be less than this year’s Salary Cap of $2.55m.

2. All payments to its players, coaches and administration staff are made directly by the Club’s finance department, and recorded in its accounts which are independently audited on an annual basis and submitted to the FFA annually and have been reviewed by the FFA as part of the ongoing process of the past few months.

3. The club has cooperated with the FFA in this process as it did with an initial show cause notice issued to it in February. That process showed Perth Glory FC did not exceed the Salary Cap in any previous season.

Pending the outcome of tonight’s hearing and a review of the necessary due process, Perth Glory reserves it right to continue its WA Supreme Court action.

However the FFA moved to immediately clarify the matter Suggesting the club had not been entirely forthright.

FFA maintained the disciplonary committee "will not be hearing an appeal against the FFA’s salary cap determination and associated penalties, as claimed by Perth Glory in its statement”.

“The Disciplinary Committee will hear Perth Glory’s application that the board of FFA had no power to impose sanctions on the club for breaches of the salary cap.

"For the record, Perth Glory has not lodged an appeal against the FFA determination, which excludes Perth Glory from the Hyundai A-League Finals Series and imposes a fine of $269,000."