A-League: hopefully game can overcome this sorry flare-up

THERE will be no winners whichever way the Perth Glory salary cap breach saga pans out come the end of the season.

Brisbane Roar fans might think that sneaking through the back door into the finals after its rival is thrown out is great for their club but I am sure coach Frans Thijssen would not want to make the top six that way, if that is indeed what happens.

Just as with the Melbourne Storm salary cap rort in 2010 in rugby league, this alleged breach by the Western Australian club is a blight on Australian football no matter what the final result.

Glory fans vented their frustration by letting off flares during which a young fan was injured during the 3-0 loss to Sydney on Saturday and that is not a great look for the game either.

I can understand their feelings. They feel as though they have been betrayed by officials at the club and they want answers.

We all want that, but there are ways and means of going about it and that wasn't it and now a young man is in hospital with burns to his leg.

The Glory looks like it will fight tooth and nail to clear the club's name.

Officials filed an injunction against Football Federation Australia's decision to kick it out of the finals.

Led by chief executive Jason Brewer the club seems set to exhaust all of avenues of appeal, with the first port of call the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

The club will find out today whether its injunction bid is approved.

If it isn't, Perth will fight to prove its innocence through the FFA's appeals process.

You could see that the off-field dramas had affected the players in their 3-0 loss to Sydney at nib Stadium.

But one man who has been strong throughout all this is has been coach Kenny Lowe, who addressed the crowd after Saturday's defeat.

"We have a moral obligation to try to win the league," he said.

"We've had no control of what's happened. I've had no control of what's happened.

"We've got to deal with it with class.

"I focus on trying to work on the players and playing good football.

"I can't worry about FFA or appeals or whatever is going to happen.

"We're professionals. We're going to go as hard as we can for the next two games."

Hopefully whichever way this pans out, football in this country and Perth Glory, in particular, can recover from this whole sorry saga and there are not too many lingering consequences to deal with over the next couple of years.


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