The Courier-Mail

Ange is no happy camper

- DAVID DAVUTOVIC

SOC­CEROOS boss Ange Postecoglo­u has slammed Football Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia and the play­ers’ union for us­ing this World Cup qual­i­fy­ing camp as a po­lit­i­cal football over a bit­ter pay dis­pute.

Play­ers were locked in cri­sis talks last night as ten­sion be­tween the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers As­so­ci­a­tion and FFA – Postecoglo­u’s em­ployer – es­ca­lated in the lead-up to the qual­i­fier against Bangladesh in Perth to­mor­row night.

The PFA yesterday in­structed play­ers not to at­tend “com­mer­cial” ap­pear­ances.

While PFA pres­i­dent Si­mon Colosimo ad­dressed the play­ers yesterday, FFA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Gal­lop will ar­rive in Perth to­day.

Postecoglo­u fumed at FFA and the PFA for the public slang­ing match dur­ing the Perth camp.

“The fact that both sides think that the best time to play it out is in the mid­dle of a Soc­ceroos camp,” he said. “Not good enough.

“I don’t have the play­ers of­ten and when I have them, that time’s pre­cious and I don’t want a minute wasted.

“Of course it is (af­fect­ing the play­ers). Ev­ery­one knows what’s go­ing on.

“While the camp’s on, put ev­ery­thing else aside, lay down your guns, and pick ’em up as soon as it’s over and go as hard as you want.

“I’m not talk­ing about sides. We’re in a na­tional team camp with two World Cup qual­i­fiers com­ing up. What do you reckon our fo­cus should be?’’

FFA is­sued a state­ment from Gal­lop – mo­ments be­fore Postecoglo­u’s re­marks – con­demn­ing the PFA’s ac­tions.

“The frus­tra­tion is that the PFA is giv­ing di­rec­tions to the play­ers, based on mis­in­for­ma­tion,’’ Gal­lop said.

“We were very close to an agree­ment to ben­e­fit all par­ties. The PFA’s move to stage this boy­cott is wrong and against the in­ter­ests of ev­ery­one in the game, in­clud­ing the Soc­ceroos.’’

PFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Vi­vian pro­duced a state­ment yesterday that said: “The play­ers are cur­rently not be­ing re­spected by the FFA.

‘‘There is over $1.4 mil­lion in out­stand­ing re­mu­ner­a­tion owed to A-League play­ers.

“Play­ers are be­ing let down by some clubs and there are no reper­cus­sions from FFA when obli­ga­tions to play­ers are con­tin­u­ally not met.’’

 ??  ?? POINT THE FIN­GER: Roos coach Ange Postecoglo­u.
POINT THE FIN­GER: Roos coach Ange Postecoglo­u.

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