Glory, glory … but is this hallelujah from the fans?



Glory coach Kenny Lowe has pleaded with the club’s fans not to go ahead with a planned boycott of Sunday’s A-League clash with Melbourne City at Perth Oval.

Glory’s bitter feud with Football Federation Australia (FFA) ended earlier this week when the club finally admitted its guilt over salary cap breaches.

As part of the punishment, Perth has been kicked out of the finals and fined $269,000.

Chief executive Jason Brewer took full blame for Perth’s plight and resigned on Thursday, and some of the club’s fans want owner Tony Sage to follow suit.

Sage wrote an open letter on Friday apologising to the club’s fans over what had transpired.

But he’s adamant there’s not a culture of systemic rorting within the club, claiming he was left as shocked and angry as anyone over the affair.

One of the Glory’s supporter groups – Perth Terrace – has threatened to boycott Sunday’s match in protest of Sage’s ownership.

“According to Wikipedia, our lowest ever attendance was 4443 vs Wellington in 2008,” the group wrote on its facebook page.

“Can we beat this record on Sunday, and empty the stadium as we show the message SAGE OUT??”

Kenny Lowe says the players do not deserve to be punished

Kenny Lowe

Glory coach Kenny Lowe. Photo: AAP

But Lowe said it was now more important than ever for the fans to be there to cheer on the players through a turbulent time.

“The people they’ll hurt are the people they care for – and that’s the players,” Lowe said of the planned boycott.

“The players have been penalised for something they have no control over.

“So do we really want to penalise the players any more?

“There’s time for recriminations, there’s time for reflection. But that’s not now.”

Given the seriousness of the salary cap breaches, some Glory players may be within their rights to break their contracts and leave the club at the end of the season.

Lowe hopes that won’t be the case, although he said the salary cap saga had taken a huge toll on everyone.

“When you’ve got your little seven-year-old and nine-year-old crying because you’re not going to play finals, that hits home to you,” Lowe said.

When asked how he had consoled his children, Lowe provided a much-needed joke to lighten the mood.

“For kids, as soon as the puppy comes around the corner, they’ve forgotten all about the Glory,” he said with a smile.

“Maybe I can do that with the players here, get them all a couple of puppies and they’ll be hunky dory.”

Glory will enter Sunday’s match without Rostyn Griffiths (suspended), winger Sidnei (hamstring), and sharpshooter Nebojsa Marinkovic (groin).

City were dealt a huge blow when marquee striker Josh Kennedy (soreness) failed to make the trek west.


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