The Courier-Mail

Roar fail to meet FFA debt dead­line

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRIS­BANE Roar own­ers the Bakrie Group have not met Football Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter fail­ing to clear the club’s debts by yesterday.

FFA of­fi­cials were un­der­stood to be dis­ap­pointed last night, hav­ing hoped the In­done­sian con­glom­er­ate would meet yesterday’s dead­line to prove they should not be stripped of the em­bat­tled Roar’s A-League li­cence.

Hav­ing been en­cour­aged af­ter a meet­ing in Syd­ney last week with two Bakrie Group rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body was ex­pect­ing ev­i­dence of their in­ten­tions by yesterday in the form of debts be­ing paid and a de­tailed plan on how the own­ers would re­turn the Roar to a vi­able po­si­tion.

But apart from last Mon­day’s pay­ment of over­due staff wages, the Bakrie Group pro­vided very lit­tle in the past week to prove their com­mit­ment to the cause.

How­ever, FFA is not ready to strip the Bakries of the club’s li­cence and re­main hope­ful that the own­ers will meet their com­mit­ments and de­liver on their prom­ises next week.

It is un­der­stood the Bakrie Group want to re­tain own­er­ship of the club – much to the anger of many dis­grun­tled Bris­bane fans – for at least another two sea­sons.

But ur­gent ac­tion is re­quired, with Gam­baro Pty Ltd hav­ing this week launched Supreme Court ac­tion to have the club wound up over an un­paid debt of $30,424.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is listed for a di­rec­tions hear­ing on Sep- tem­ber 16 – a day af­ter the club’s monthly wages are due to be paid.

For­mer coach Mike Mul­vey is also tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the Roar, al­leg­ing the club has not pro­vided promised re­mu­ner­a­tion fol­low­ing his sack­ing last Novem­ber.

Mean­while, the Roar yesterday lodged their ap­peal against an in­de­pen­dent ar­bi­tra­tor’s de­ci­sion to al­low midfielder Luke Brat­tan to leave the club on a free trans­fer fol­low­ing the club’s tar­di­ness in pay­ing him su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

Brat­tan, who last night left Perth for Ta­jik­istan with the Soc­ceroos squad, re­mains reg­is­tered with the Roar.

“Our ap­peal is now with FFA’s ap­peals com­mit­tee and we are await­ing fur­ther in­struc­tion,” a club spokesman said.

Brat­tan has stated his de­sire to move to an over­seas club, but said he would be con­tent to stay with the Roar if he could not move abroad.

The mat­ter may take some time to be re­solved, with the Roar in­tend­ing to ex­haust ev­ery le­gal op­tion in their bid to re­tain Brat­tan, or at the very least re­ceive funds for the po­ten­tial de­par­ture of the midfielder who has two years left on his Bris­bane con­tract.

 ??  ?? READY TO GO: Luke Brat­tan wants to move over­seas.
READY TO GO: Luke Brat­tan wants to move over­seas.

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