FFA sorry for Mc-Glitch-ey yarn

Football Federation Australia has fessed up to an error that saw its official website go live with a draft media release heralding the signing of Michael McGlinchey by hometown club Wellington Phoenix.

Central Coast Mariners issued an emphatic statement saying the Kiwi international was still contracted to the club and would be at Gosford for the upcoming A-League campaign.

While Phoenix communications manager Russell Gray was put in a tricky situation of trying to hose down reports, with negotiations said to be continuing between the clubs.

FFA said it had completed an internal investigation into the issue.

A technical production error by an employee of an external provider was the cause of the draft news article in the back-end of the website network being published accidentally.

In a statement FFA said it “accepts responsibility for this error and apologises unreservedly to Michael McGlinchey, and the Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners football clubs for any inconvenience caused.

“FFA has put in place protocols to ensure that this type of error does not occur in the future.”