Perth Glory are considering appealing Football Federation Australia's decision to fine the club and eliminate them from the A-League finals for salary cap breaches.
Glory were fined $269,000 for breaches over three seasons, with the FFA saying the club has been operating in excess of the cap by $400,000 in 2014-15.
The FFA decided Glory would finish seventh at the end of the campaign, regardless of results.
In a statement released on Friday night, Glory chief executive Jason Brewer said the club was considering an appeal – and insisted its total player payments in 2014-15 were forecast to be within the cap.
"As a result of Football Federation of Australia’s announcement to eliminate the club from finals football, I can today inform you that the club is taking counsel and considering all avenues available to it," the statement read.
"Our decisions and approach will be predicated in part on the following facts:
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.
"Perth Glory fans should be in no doubt that the Club will be responding to the FFA determination and that our players will be playing for important points tonight and in the coming weeks."
Glory have seven days to appeal the findings.