A-League club Perth Glory have been booted from the A-League finals series after Football Federation Australia (FFA) found them guilty of salary cap breaches.
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FFA made the announcement on Wednesday after finding the Glory exceeded the A-League salary cap by $400,000.
Perth have been fined $269,000 and will have their finishing position adjusted to seventh, handing the Brisbane Roar a chance to defend its title in the finals series.
The Glory have been fined $269,000 for the breaches over the three seasons, including:
$26,000 for the 2012/13 season;
$43,000 for the 2013/14 season,
$200,000 for the 2014/15 season, taking into account the significance of the total sanction for this season, namely the exclusion from the finals series (and consequently any prospect of qualifying for the 2016 Asian Champions League)
The FFA’s statement read that the breaches included deliberately not disclosing:
Payments outside of the Standard Player Contract;
Payments to a player’s family member;
Payments of player agents’ fees;
a third party sponsorship;
a pre-payment to a player;
Payment of travel costs;
Provision of motor vehicles.
FFA chief executive David Gallop was the NRL boss when the Melbourne Storm were fined millions of dollars and stripped of two premierships after being found guilty of the systematic rorting of the salary cap.
In comes as a huge blow for Perth who currently sit in second on the A-League, equal on points with leaders Melbourne Victory.
Perth face Sydney FC on Friday in what should have been a battle between two title contenders, however the news will certainly keep a large number of Glory fans away from NIB Stadium.
Perth have seven days to make an appeal.