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A-League expansion talks ceased after clubs threaten legal action

Thu, Jul 27, 1:56pm by Staff Writer

Amid the backdrop of the Round of 32 FFA Cup matches on Wednesday night – which involved several of the clubs who want to be part of the expanded A-League – Football Federation Australia has ceased all A-League expansion talks.

The announcement came on Wednesday night, and was in retaliation a move made by a group of 10 clubs, who are acting collectively under the banner of Australian Professional Football Clubs Association.

The group issued chairman Steven Lowy with a week-long ultimatum to either reveal its finances, or face court, last Friday. The clubs were set to meet in Sydney on Thursday to discuss the expansion, but Fox Sports are reporting that Lowy has called both the meeting and all correspondence with the club, off.

The clubs believe they are entitled to a minimum of $4 million each in revenue per year, thanks to the league’s TV deal, but the FFA has repeatedly rejected that demand, which has led to frustration mounting on both sides.

The latest offer from the FFA of $3.55 million, was rejected by the clubs, after which they requested an audit of head office’s books over the past three years to understand where money had been spent.

The Australian Professional Football Clubs Association, told Lowy he had seven days to comply or agree to the $4 million figure before they launched formal legal proceedings.

Several state league clubs or consortiums have expressed interest in joining the A-League in the past 12 months, but they they’re still waiting for formal application criteria, and have been for months.

One of the clubs seeking to join the league, South Melbourne, won their Round of 32 FFA Cup match against Edgeworth Eagles on Wednesday night, thanks to a 94th-minute winner from Milos Lujic.

South are now at $51 to hold the Cup aloft, the shortest quote of any National Premier League club.

Other winners on Wednesday night were Hakoah Sydney City East, who beat Hills Brumbies 6-3, the Bankstown Berries, who beat MetroStars, 2-1, and Sorrento FC, who were 1-0 winners over Canberra Olympic.

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