The Courier-Mail

ROAR STAFF PAID BUT AXE HOVERS

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRISBANE Roar staff were finally paid their overdue wages yesterday, with club owners the Bakrie Group taking the first step towards fulfilling their pledge to return stability to the embattled three-time A-League champions.

But despite the remainder of wages that were due on August 15 having finally been distribute­d, Football Federation Australia again stressed that the Bakrie Group’s ownership of the Roar was under serious review.

“(The full payment of wages) is a welcome step after the undertakin­gs provided to FFA on Friday,” an FFA spokesman said.

“The next stage is for the Bakrie Group to submit a plan and timetable to clear debts and recapitali­se the business … we expect to receive the plan this week.

“FFA reiterates its position that ownership of the Brisbane licence remains in the balance. The uncertaint­y can’t continue.

“If the Bakrie Group is unable to provide stability for the Brisbane Roar, FFA will have no choice but to revoke the licence.”

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