The Courier-Mail

ROAR STAFF PAID BUT AXE HOVERS

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRIS­BANE Roar staff were fi­nally paid their over­due wages yesterday, with club own­ers the Bakrie Group tak­ing the first step to­wards ful­fill­ing their pledge to re­turn sta­bil­ity to the em­bat­tled three-time A-League cham­pi­ons.

But de­spite the re­main­der of wages that were due on Au­gust 15 hav­ing fi­nally been dis­trib­uted, Football Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia again stressed that the Bakrie Group’s own­er­ship of the Roar was un­der se­ri­ous re­view.

“(The full pay­ment of wages) is a welcome step af­ter the un­der­tak­ings pro­vided to FFA on Fri­day,” an FFA spokesman said.

“The next stage is for the Bakrie Group to sub­mit a plan and timetable to clear debts and re­cap­i­talise the busi­ness … we ex­pect to re­ceive the plan this week.

“FFA re­it­er­ates its po­si­tion that own­er­ship of the Bris­bane li­cence re­mains in the bal­ance. The un­cer­tainty can’t con­tinue.

“If the Bakrie Group is un­able to pro­vide sta­bil­ity for the Bris­bane Roar, FFA will have no choice but to re­voke the li­cence.”

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