FFA hits back: PFA 'unnecessarily disruptive'

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has hit back at the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) labelling their public statement over a grievance as “inappropriate and unnecessarily disruptive”.

The PFA confirmed on Wednesday it had launched a grievance against Football Federation Australia relating to Socceroos payments.

Under the Socceroos collective bargaining agreement struck in 2011, Australia's national players are entitled to numerous payments – ranging from commercial payments to sponsor bonuses.

The FFA released a statement in response on Thursday, which showed the organisation’s disappointment that the issue had become public knowledge.

“The PFA's decision to make public statements about a confidential and independent dispute resolution process days before a FIFA World Cup qualifier is inappropriate and unnecessarily disruptive,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.

“The matters in question relate back to 2010, were first raised in August last year and are not material to the current qualification campaign.”

A PFA spokesperson told FourFourTwo on Wednesday night: "The PFA can confirm that a grievance has been filed in accordance with the Socceroos Collective Bargaining Agreement 2011 – 2015 (CBA) against Football Federation Australia in relation to Socceroos Agreed Payments.

"This is a matter to be determined by an independent Arbitrator.

"The Players have also exercised their rights under the CBA to have the Socceroos commercial contracts independently audited.

"This important CBA provision is for the purposes of validation and verification."

The deal between the PFA and FFA expires on June 30.

The Socceroos are currently in camp in Dubai, preparing for the June 16 World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

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