Buckley releases statement on Clive Palmer

Football Federation Australia notes the comments made today by the chairman of Gold Coast United FC Pty Ltd, Clive Palmer.

FFA notes the comments made today by the chairman of Gold Coast United FC Pty Ltd, Clive Palmer.

As a result FFA CEO Ben Buckley tonight released a statement on the situation.

“Once again an array of unsubstantiated claims and wild commentary have been made by Clive Palmer," Buckley said.

“The comments serve no purpose in any way to advance football in Australia.

“At this stage FFA does not intend to respond to this farcical outburst, which is clearly intended to deflect attention from the real issue - that Gold Coast United FC Pty Ltd under Clive Palmer has shown that it will not comply with the rules and regulations of the competition in accordance with the agreement they signed.

“In relation to the specific issue of the Hyundai A-League Week 22 fixture between Gold Coast and Wellington Phoenix this Sunday, we have had one priority - to make sure the game is played and the integrity of the competition is protected on behalf of the other nine clubs, members, fans, our broadcaster, sponsors and all the stakeholders of the game.

“Today the Head of Hyundai A-League, Lyall Gorman, met with the Gold Coast United players and discussed the situation following yesterday-s termination of the licence.

“There-s a real determination among the players to fulfill the remaining fixtures and the FFA is working diligently to get that outcome.

“This afternoon FFA was informed that Gold Coast United FC Pty Ltd would initiate legal proceedings tomorrow to challenge the notice of termination.

"We have expected this turn of events and we are fully prepared.”