A disappointed Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer has slammed the timeslot for the FFA Cup Final which he says robs the WA public of the chance to watch their team in the key event.
The FFA confirmed on Wednesday night the inaugural cup decider will be played between Glory and Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Tuesday December 16 at 7.30pm (AEDT), which is 4.30pm Perth time.
Perth was overlooked as host of the final for commercial reasons, with key supporter and broadcaster Fox Sports wanting to televise the game in prime time on the eastern seaboard.
WA’s three-hour time difference made it almost impossible to find an appropriate time slot for both TV and potential attendees to ensure the event was presented as best as possible.
Brewer understood the commercial reasoning behind the hosting decision, but was disappointed with the kick-off time.
“They haven’t even thought that through,” Brewer told FourFourTwo.
“If we are to get good Foxtel numbers watching the game, then clearly the fan base here in WA, those who can’t get over to Coopers Stadium, are going to be watching it. The 4.30pm kick-off makes it tough for them.”
Brewer said the WA football public was the big loser in the decision.
The Glory CEO pointed to the fact the Socceroos haven’t played in Perth since March 2005 and called on the FFA to show more support in the state.
“It’s a shame. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the Socceroos over here or any significant football event,” Brewer said.
“You can feel for the football fans here. We’ve got to get the success for the football fans here, but you need that broad support and initiatives at the national level to support clubs that are operating in regions like ours.”
A-League boss Damien de Bohun will travel to WA this weekend and Brewer had told FourFourTwo on Wednesday he hoped to use the visit as a chance to lobby for the Final hosting rights.
However, the FFA moved quickly on Wednesday night following Adelaide United’s triumph over Central Coast, announcing Coopers Stadium as the final venue.
Brewer was left disappointed by the process but also wanting to move on, with silverware in sight.
“There’s been lobbying going behind the scenes but there hasn’t been, as you’d expect, that opportunity to sit down and put forward a true business case for hosting,” Brewer said.
“The FFA run the final, they run it at their discretion and they made the decision based on a number of factors.
“There isn’t that transparency that you may get in other situations, but they’ve made that call and we move forward. Our focus as a club is to ensure the team is best prepared for it.”
He added: “We wouldn’t be having this discussion if we weren’t there. We can’t lose sight of that.
“We’re in the first final and it’s a great position to be in and that’s got to be the immediate focus.”comments