Roar are still crying poor
BRISBANE Roar players and staff were last night still waiting for their overdue monthly wages to be paid in full, with further pressure mounting on Football Federation Australia to take control of the cashstrapped A-League club.
It had been expected that club owners the Bakrie Group would have met their monthly wage commitments by yesterday, having stated progressive payments would be made during the week.
Wages were due last Saturday. On Monday, players received 50 per cent of their pay, while some staff received as little as 20 per cent of what was owed to them.
It is understood that no instalments have been paid since.
FFA continue to resist calls to strip the Bakrie Group of their licence and take over the running of the club, confident the embattled owners can complete a mooted sale of the club to a consortium of Australian and overseas investors, and, in the meantime, belatedly honour their financial commitments to players and staff.
However, the patience of FFA officials seems to be wearing thin, with the Bakrie Group last night put on formal notice by the sport’s national governing body.
“FFA has been advised that the Bakrie Group has not transferred funds to enable Brisbane Roar to complete payment of the monthly payroll,” an FFA spokesman said
“FFA has this evening written to the Bakrie Group, own- ers of the Brisbane Roar, seeking formal assurance about the timing of the outstanding payments.”
Even if the Bakrie Group came good with the money overnight, it is unlikely to hit the bank accounts of players and staff until Monday.
June player wages were paid more than two weeks late, but last month the Bakrie Group paid wages on time.
Interim Roar chief executive David Pourre was expected to last night address the situation with club chairman and Bakrie Group senior vice president Chris Fong, who is in Europe attempting to finalise the sale of the club.
Players’ union Professional Footballers Australia were last night set to again voice their concerns to FFA, with the likelihood that some Roar players will need assistance from the PFA’s emergency fund to pay bills while they await the rest of their wages.
It is believed that no Roar players have put the club on a formal 14-day notice to pay what is owed or run the risk of them being free to leave the club due to contract breaches.