Glory accept FFA sanctions

Perth Glory’s season of revolt continued on Thursday afternoon with the resignation of the club’s chief executive, Jason Brewer, in the wake of a salary cap scandal that cost the club an A-League finals appearance.

Brewer apologised for the club’s predicament, but maintained his stance that Glory were innocent.

“There have been no so called ‘secret’ or ‘third party’ payments made on behalf of the club, nor do we maintain a book of shadow accounts,” he said.

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Brewer insists it was his decision to quit.

“I would like to personally apologise for a series of events which have resulted in the club facing sanctions by the Football Federation of Australia,” he said.

“As CEO I ultimately take full responsibility for these actions which have resulted in the club being eliminated from this year’s Hyundai A-League finals campaign.

“Like every A-League club, we manage it [the salary cap] throughout the season and it must be made very clear that this club has made each and every payment through its own records.

“As I said, as CEO of the club, the ultimate responsibility rests with me and for this reason I must take full and total responsibility.”

Late on Thursday, the salary cap saga was finally over, with Glory accepting Football Federation Australia’s punishment over the matter.

Glory will miss the finals and pay $269,000 in fines after being found guilty of exceeding the cap by about $400,000 this season.

But the club won’t lose any points next season, despite being threatened with a third show-cause notice earlier this week, relating to an additional $100,000 in player payments and benefits that allegedly weren’t declared.

FFA said that because this fell under the same period and the penalties handed down were already harsh, an additional punishment wasn’t warranted.

Chief executive David Gallop said FFA would assist Perth Glory with future salary cap processes, and would apply no further punishment despite the foreshadowed third show cause notice regarding another breach this season.

“Compliance with the salary cap is critical to the integrity of the A-League and any breach affects everyone involved, not just people associated with the club in question,” said Gallop.

“While we have sympathy for the members, fans, players, coaches and sponsors of Perth Glory, our obligation is to protect the best interests of competition.

“We can now quickly move on from this matter and enjoy an exciting finale to the regular season and the finals series.

“We understand that Tony Sage (Glory chairman) has today accepted the resignation of the former CEO, who has accepted full responsibility, and acted alone, and we will work with Tony to ensure that Perth Glory rebuilds and has processes in place to ensure this does not happen again.”

– with AAP/ABC

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