Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley has officially responded to Gold Coast United owner, Clive Palmer’s comments about the state of the Hyundai A-League.
Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley has officially responded to Gold Coast United owner, Clive Palmer-s comments about the state of the Hyundai A-League.
"Football fans across Australia will today rightfully condemn the lack of respect inherent in comments made by Clive Palmer," said FFA CEO, Ben Buckley.
"The comments are offensive to the players, coaches, administrators and volunteers who are the life and soul of Australian football.
"We welcomed Clive into the game and lauded his investment, but no matter how frustrated Clive may feel about his involvement, these comments are out of order.
"I remind Clive that as a chairman and owner of a club, he has obligations to the competition, his fellow club chairman and investors in the other nine clubs, and to the game itself."
Palmer had earlier expressed his dislike for the world game in an interview with The Sunday Mail, making the following claims.
"I don't even like the game, I think it's a hopeless game.”
Palmer who holds an A-League licence for a further two years also claimed he could head to court if he was to be stripped of his licence.
"If we wanted to stay (in the A-League) and they (FFA) wanted to take it (the licence) off us, they'd all be in court, and Ben Buckley would run a thousand miles," Palmer said.