It’s not over yet Fury to put up strong fight to re­verse A-League sack­ing

Bosses can’t un­der­stand why the FFA claims a $ 2m short­fall

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE fight for the Fury’s sur­vival isn’t over yet.

An­gry ad­vi­sory board mem­ber Peter Brine yes­ter­day de­manded an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia’s de­ci­sion to axe the A-League club which could be the first step to­wards get­ting the out­fit back in the top flight competition.

The prom­i­nent Townsville busi­ness­man said the game’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body needs to in­ves­ti­gate the short and ul­ti­mately failed life of the Fury or con­sign foot­ball in Aus­tralia to a bleak ex­is­tence.

‘‘ There needs to be a com­plete in­de­pen­dent re­view of the de­ci­sion they made yes­ter­day ( Tues­day),’’ Brine said.

‘‘ If there is no in­de­pen­dent re­view of the FFA and what they have done to the Fury, then they can do that to any club in the fu­ture.’’

Asked if he would push to have the Fury re­in­stated, Brine replied: ‘‘ I’d love to get an ap­peal from an in­de­pen­dent re­view.’’

RED CARDED: Peter Brine is call­ing for trans­parency from the FFA over why the club’s spon­sor­ship fund­ing wasn’t in­cluded parency from FFA, doc­u­ment­ing where t he cl ub failed to meet their fi­nan­cial tar­gets.

‘‘ It’s been re­ported in all the me­dia that all we raised was $ 300,000 . . . that looks ter­ri­ble ( for us).’’

Asked to ex­plain the gulf in the fig­ures be­tween what the Fury said should have as­sured their sur­vival and the $ 2 mil­lion short­fall the FFA gave as proof the club was not fi­nan­cially vi­able, NQFC a d v i s o r y b o a r d mem­ber Sean Knights replied: ‘‘ We can’t, we are strug­gling to ex­plain that.’’

‘‘ In fact the last two months we’ve had a num­ber of tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions with the FFA and the key aim for this group, for this body was for the 2011-12 sea­son to re­duce the risk to the FFA.

‘ ‘ We b e l i e v e w e h a v e achieved the sole aim of re­duc­ing that risk to ( the) FFA quite s ub­stan­tially f r om any day and age is a val­ued com­mod­ity and al­lows the club to in­vest in its fu­ture.’’

Brine said he was lured to join the Fury’s cause when the fran­chise was on the brink of col­lapse less than a year ago. He said he was com­pelled to do so on mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion that the FFA would com­mit to prop up the club for two sea­sons at an es­ti­mated loss of more than $ 4.6 mil­lion.

Brine made pub­lic FFA’s NQFC pro­jected profit and l oss state­ments f or both 2010-11 and 2011-12. The fig­ures quoted in the doc­u­ment dated March 2010 pro­jected the Fury would lose nearly $ 2.4 mil­lion this sea­son and a fur­ther $ 2.2 mil­lion next sea­son. The Fury re­ported a $ 2.8 mil­lion loss last fi­nan­cial year. The rea­son­ing be­hind FFA’s de­ci­sion to pull the plug on the Fury was due to a short­fall of $ 2 mil­lion. ‘‘ Why I ac­tu­ally got in­volved with the Fury . . . was ba­si­cally for this,’’ Brine said in ref­er­ence to the profit and loss state­ments.

‘‘ I got in­volved . . . be­cause I knew there would be a fu­ture for two years.’’

Brine said the club had con­tin­ued to be mis­in­formed un­til Tues­day’s fa­tal meet­ing as fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion was with­held and brushed off pub­licly as ‘‘ ru­mours’’.

‘‘ A cou­ple of weeks ago . . . the FFA said we had done ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly could to save the Fury,’’ Brine said.

‘‘ Their com­ment was, ‘ you guys have been ex­cel­lent, you have done ev­ery­thing you can, now leave it with us’. We have not heard any­thing back from the FFA about that at all un­til yes­ter­day when they told us we were $ 2 mil­lion short. If . . . they ( knew we were) $ 2 mil­lion short two weeks ago, wh y d i d n ’ t t h e y l e t u s know?’’

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