Perth Glory have been fined $269,000 and ejected from the finals series of the A-League after being found guilty of salary cap breaches. 

SALARY CAP BREACHES ACROSS THREE SEASONS

The breaches include the non-disclosure of:

  • Payments outside of the Standard Player Contract
  • Payments to a player’s family member
  • Payments of player agents’ fees
  • A third party sponsorship

UPDATE 14 APRIL 2015: Perth Glory have confirmed that the application seeking an injunction from the Supreme Court of Western Australia has been suspended, in “the spirit of the game”, to allow the FFA appeal process to be exhausted.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has stated that:

The sanction follows the determination that Perth Glory has deliberately failed to disclose reportable benefits and payments to at least six players, and from the beginning of the 2014/15 season has been operating in excess of the allowable salary cap of $2.55m by in the order of $400,000. FFA has also determined that the Club was in breach of the rules for failing to disclose payments in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.” 

FFA’s full statement can be read here.

SUPREME COURT INJUNCTION vs FFA APPEALS PROCESS

Perth Glory has seven business days in which to lodge an appeal under the FFA’s regulations to the independent FFA Disciplinary Committee but they have decided to seek an injunction from the Supreme Court of Western Australia instead, circumventing the FFA’s appeals process.

Perth Glory is currently placed equal first (by points) on the A-League ladder. If the injunction is allowed, Perth Glory will likely be allowed to participate in the finals. If the injunction fails, the FFA’s decision will stand and Perth Glory will be downgraded to seventh on the A-League ladder. If the injunction fails, Perth Glory will likely progress through the FFA appeals process, which may not be resolved before the end of the season.

The application will be heard at 2.15pm (WA time) on Monday 13 April 2015.