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
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?’’