Gold Coast out of A League, license cancelled

The chairman of Football Federation Australia (FFA), Frank Lowy, held a press conference on Wednesday to announce that the license of Gold Coast has been withdrawn. The decision has been highly criticized by Gold Coast’s owner Clive Palmer.

The club will be given the opportunity to quit the season completely or play the remaining four games of the season and field, where the pays of the team members will be paid by FFA.

The decision to disqualify Gold Coast was based on the useless accuses Mr. Palmer had been firing on FFA for a long time now. FFA announced the disqualification saying the attitude of Mr. Palmer could no longer be tolerated and some action had to be taken.

He said, “FFA has today terminated the A-League license held by Clive Palmer. This morning we issued a notice of termination following material breaches of the club participation agreement. All clubs must abide by the rules and regulations if we are to run a professional competition.”

He further added, “The termination has been made following at least three clear breaches. [There has been] a conscious and deliberate contravention of FFA procedures, a deliberate defiance of the direction given by FFA and repeated public statements by or on behalf of Gold Coast United that bring the A-League, FFA and the game of football into disrepute and are prejudicial to the interests of FFA, the A-League and the game of football in Australia.”

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