MP de­mands in­quiry into FFA de­ci­sion to axe Fury

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Antony Ste­wart

THURINGOWA MP Craig Wal­lace has de­manded an in­quiry into Foot­ball Fed­era t i o n A u s t r a l i a ’ s ‘ ‘ c o n - temp­tu­ous’’ deal­ings and ultimate de­ci­sion to axe the North Queens­land Fury from the A-League.

Speak­ing in State Par­lia­ment, Mr Wal­lace launched an ex­tra­or­di­nary at­tack on foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body for the coun­try.

‘‘ We were treated with con­tempt,’’ the Main Roads Min­is­ter told the Townsville Bul­letin af­ter he ad­dressed the house.

‘‘ I’ve called for an in­quiry be­cause, quite frankly, it’s ludicrous that this or­gan­i­sa­tion has kicked out the Fury and at the same time could only man­age one vote in its ( FIFA) World Cup bid.

‘‘ There’s ob­vi­ously some­thing wrong with the FFA.’’

Mr Wal­lace said the ad­dress was well re­ceived by the house, which also in­cluded Mund­ing­burra MP L i n d y N e l s o n - C a r r a n d T o w n s v i l l e M P M a n d y John­stone.

‘‘ Maybe the na­tional gov­ern­ment needs to look at their ( FFA’s) op­er­a­tions,’’ he said. ‘‘ Any sport­ing ( or­gan­isat i on) t hat r ep­re­sents a nation should be­have in a pro­fes­sional man­ner and de­serves to have the over­sight of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment on how they op­er­ate.’’

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