Perth Glory accepts sanctions, abandons court action

Perth Glory has abandoned plans to take Football Federation Australia to court saying it now accepts sanctions handed down in the salary cap scandal.

The announcement follows a six-hour hearing on Wednesday night before the independent FFA disciplinary committee.

Glory was fined $269,000 and disqualified from the 2014/15 A-League finals in response to exceeding the salary cap this season to the tune of $400,000.

As part of the resolution, the FFA has dopped a third Show Cause notice to the club concerning fresh allegations during the same period.

In a joint statement FFA said it would work with the A-League outfit in reviewing its salary cap process.

Today’s announcement was preceded by the resignation of Glory CEO Jason Brewer who “acted alone” – according to today’s statement – and appears to have shouldered the entire ignominy for the scandal engulfing the club.

FFA boss David Gallop emerged from the hearing satisfied with the resolution.

“Compliance with the salary cap is critical to the integrity of the Hyundai A-League and any breach affects everyone involved, not just people associated with the club in question,” Gallop said.

“While we have sympathy for the members, fans, players, coaches and sponsors of Perth Glory, our obligation is to protect the best interests of competition.  We can now quickly move on from this matter and enjoy an exciting finale to the regular season and the Finals Series.

“We understand that Tony Sage has today accepted the resignation of the former CEO, who has accepted full responsibility, and acted alone, and we will work with Tony to ensure that Perth Glory rebuilds and has processes in place to ensure this does not happen again.”

Perth Glory said it accepted Football Federation Australia’s decision and sanction over matters related to the club’s salary cap.

“The process provided by this hearing was extremely thorough,” a club spokesperson said.

“The club received a real opportunity to be heard by the independent Disciplinary Committee members and put its case. 

“Following this process the club has reached the view that it was within FFA’s power to make the decision and apply the sanction and that it is in the interests of the club and the game to bring the matter to a resolution.”

Perth Glory has provided the following undertakings to FFA:

  • Perth Glory accepts the FFA determination of 10 April including the sanction, which excludes the club from the 2015 Hyundai A-League Final Series and imposes a fine of $269,000
  • Perth Glory accepts the authority of the FFA to make determinations, including sanctions and fines, in relation to the salary cap
  • No actions will be pursued against FFA in respect of its determination. This includes discontinuing proceedings before FFA’s independent Disciplinary Committee and the West Australian Supreme Court
  • Perth Glory recognises the importance of the Total Player Payments rules and regulations to the integrity of the Hyundai A-League and undertakes to comply strictly with the rules in the future.