The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) on Friday announced that Perth Glory will be excluded from this season’s finals series after persistently violating the league’s salary cap.
The club were found to have exceeded the AU$2.55 million cap by $400,000, with payments and other compensation to six players deliberately concealed from A-League officials.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, Glory will be assigned to seventh place on the table – a huge boost to Brisbane Roar who currently occupy that spot and will now be playoff-bound.
They will also pay an AU$269,000 fine representing the value of undisclosed benefits over the last three seasons, with the reduced fine for 2014-15 reflecting the effects of exclusion from the finals series and subsequent elimination from AFC Champions League contention.
“It’s disappointing for a lot of innocent people connected to Perth Glory and the A-League, but it’s also important that our rules are followed,” FFA president David Gallop told reporters.
“We’re in a competitive environment where having an equal playing field is important to the entertainment value we provide and the commitment people make to our club.”
Perth Glory will have seven days to file an appeal.