Ange is no happy camper
SOCCEROOS boss Ange Postecoglou has slammed Football Federation Australia and the players’ union for using this World Cup qualifying camp as a political football over a bitter pay dispute.
Players were locked in crisis talks last night as tension between the Professional Footballers Association and FFA – Postecoglou’s employer – escalated in the lead-up to the qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth tomorrow night.
The PFA yesterday instructed players not to attend “commercial” appearances.
While PFA president Simon Colosimo addressed the players yesterday, FFA chief executive David Gallop will arrive in Perth today.
Postecoglou fumed at FFA and the PFA for the public slanging match during the Perth camp.
“The fact that both sides think that the best time to play it out is in the middle of a Socceroos camp,” he said. “Not good enough.
“I don’t have the players often and when I have them, that time’s precious and I don’t want a minute wasted.
“Of course it is (affecting the players). Everyone knows what’s going on.
“While the camp’s on, put everything else aside, lay down your guns, and pick ’em up as soon as it’s over and go as hard as you want.
“I’m not talking about sides. We’re in a national team camp with two World Cup qualifiers coming up. What do you reckon our focus should be?’’
FFA issued a statement from Gallop – moments before Postecoglou’s remarks – condemning the PFA’s actions.
“The frustration is that the PFA is giving directions to the players, based on misinformation,’’ Gallop said.
“We were very close to an agreement to benefit all parties. The PFA’s move to stage this boycott is wrong and against the interests of everyone in the game, including the Socceroos.’’
PFA chief executive Adam Vivian produced a statement yesterday that said: “The players are currently not being respected by the FFA.
‘‘There is over $1.4 million in outstanding remuneration owed to A-League players.
“Players are being let down by some clubs and there are no repercussions from FFA when obligations to players are continually not met.’’