Glory under increased scrutiny over alleged salary cap breaches
Football Federation Australia will send staff back to Perth next week to continue a detailed audit of the club’s affairs following allegations of systematic failures over three seasons.
Glory responded by saying the club operated within the salary cap every season.
A statement from the FFA on Thursday said the notice related to the “failure to disclose reportable payments” in relation to the club’s total player payments.
"The alleged breaches involve failure to disclose benefits to players relating to accommodation costs, car allowances and the payment of third party agents fees for the 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 A-League seasons.
"The show cause notice does not allege that these payments resulted in the club exceeding the salary cap in the relevant years."
Glory, who recruited well during the off-season, are in the midst of their best A-League campaign yet and genuine contenders for silverware.
But with Melbourne Victory shaving the club's league lead to just one point the audit will come as an unwanted distraction in the race for Premiership and Championship honours.
Glory released a statement confirming the club had received the notice from the FFA but added: "The notice does not relate to any alleged breach of the club's salary cap in any season.
"Furthermore the notice does not allege that the club exceeded the cap in this or any Hyundai A-League season.
"The club has always operated within the salary cap for each and every Hyundai A-League season.
"The club can confirm it has received a show cause notice from the FFA over an alleged failure to disclose benefits in relation to players accommodation and motor vehicles.
"Perth Glory has cooperated with the FFA in an open and transparent manner and will continue to do so as it attempts to resolve the matter over the next week.
"Futhermore the club welcomes any assistance the FFA can provide to clarify the processes and criteria used to report player benefits."