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Football Federation Australia finally prepared to relinquish control of A-League to clubs


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A SEPARATED A-League is imminent after Football Federation Australia told club owners that they were finally prepared to relinquish control of their competition.

 

No transition plan was revealed by FFA and an expansion criteria is now unlikely to be released prior to the unveiling of separation plan, though the split could happen in time for next season with A-League clubs set to work on a blueprint in coming weeks.

 


 

The Herald Sun understands that A-League clubs rejected an offer of two extra congress votes, after FFA pitched an electorate rise from 10 to 17 votes with five of the extra seven going to “special interest groups†such as beach soccer and referees.

 

Defiant A-League clubs insisted on more than three (of 17) votes they were offered by FFA chairman Steven Lowy and his executive team, while they’re also hellbent on a $6 million-dollar annual dividend.

 

FFA conceded that the A-League must be separated to grow the value of the club licenses and entice more investors and investment from the existing clubs.

 

Both parties refused to elaborate on the talks.

 

“There was a solid agreement not to talk about it outside the room, so I can’t comment,’’ FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

 

It’s believed that the A-League owners made ground in their talks with FFA, after a fruitless three-hour Valentine’s Day meeting in Sydney.

 

“The critical issues facing the game were discussed including the commitment to expand the FFA congress by the end of March 2017, the future operating model for the A-League and its expansion,’’ the clubs said in a joint statement on Tuesday night.

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