Perth Glory Take Salary Cap Ban To Court


Perth Glory have challenged the penalties imposed by Football Federation Australia after being found guilty of breaching the Federation’s salary cap by over $400,000.

An urgent disciplinary hearing has been set for Tuesday morning, and a possible Supreme Court challenge has been scheduled for Friday, The Western Australian has reported.

The Glory will be forced to miss next month’s A-League finals, and have been fined $269,000 after being found to have breached FFA’s salary cap guidelines by $400,000 and failing to disclose payments to at least six players.

Glory chief executive Jason Brewer has denied the allegations, and the club has vowed to fight against the sanctions imposed.

Perth Glory and FFA have both insisted that the challenge must be resolved before the last round of matches on the Anzac Day long weekend. Finals start the following week.

Lawyer for Perth Glory Steven Penglis said the application to adjourn the Supreme Court case had been made because of a rule in the FFA Club Participation Agreement that disputes must be resolved by the federation’s disciplinary committee before they can be taken to court.

Mr Penglis said that the Glory have lodged a grievance challenging the legal jurisdiction of FFA’s board with regard to breaches and sanctions.

The Glory had initially applied for a temporary injunction against a ban from playing in the A-League finals in the Supreme Court, but this was adjourned to Friday after it was revealed the FFA disciplinary committee would hear the case Tuesday.