Socceroos shun commercial appearances

The Socceroos will shun all commercial and Football Federation Australia related appearances following the lapse of their Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Professional Footballers Australia said players were committed to the World Cup qualifiers and will continue to take part in community, media and charitable work while in camp.

But the expiry of the CBA means players are not under any contractual obligation to participate in Socceroos related activity.

The Socceroos take on Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday and Tajikistan on September 8.

In a statement released on Monday night the players union said: “The FFA’s decision to withdraw its recognition of the PFA through the termination of the MOU has left the players with no legal protection."

The Socceroos Collective Bargaining Agreement expired on June 30 and the longstanding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FFA and PFA was terminated on August 14.. 

“In an environment where their rights are being attacked, the players are unwilling to continue to undertake commercial appearances," the PFA said.

“The Socceroos’ position will not change until an agreement is struck and the rights of all A-League, Matildas and Socceroos players are once again protected by a CBA.

“The players have requested that the PFA reassure the public that this will not distract them from the task of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

“The players’ professionalism is beyond question and their resolve to seal the country’s fourth straight appearance at the World Cup is absolute.

“As a thank you for the invaluable support from the fans, the players will inform FFA of their willingness to undertake additional community and charity appearances in place of any scheduled commercial obligations.”