Perth Glory could be dumped out of the A-League finals with Football Federation Australia expected to hand down its decision on alleged salary cap breaches before the playoffs.
A-League boss Damien de Bohun fronted the media on Thursday morning describing the situation as “serious and significant”.
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The club faces charges that it significantly breached the salary cap this season, with de Bohun warning that any “deliberate concealment” would be regarded as more serious.
The club’s second Show Cause notice this year involves payments to several players, with individuals as well as the club facing major sanctions.
De Bohun told the media: “The reality is it's serious and significant… The amount of the alleged breaches would put Perth Glory significantly over the salary cap this year
“We rate the integrity of the competition as the most important thing in the league.”
He added: “We want competitive balance so every member and fan of each club knows that their club has a fair chance of success.
“On behalf of every fan, the other nine clubs, our broadcasters and sponsors we have an obligation to enforce these regulations to ensure the integrity of the competition.”
De Bohun described the salary cap as a pillar of the A-League and has given Perth Glory until 5pm on Wednesday to respond to the latest Show Cause notice.
He said the FFA’s intention was to “sort through this in the time frame required and have it resolved before the finals”.
Glory owner Tony Sage has vowed to axe his CEO Jason Brewer if the allegations are proven.
Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City – who are fighting it out for the last finals spot – are the likely beneficiaries of any potential points deduction slapped on Glory.
The WA Australia outfit led the competition for much of the season but is now sitting in fourth spot with just one point separating them and league leaders Wellington Phoenix.
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