AAFC: It is too late for FFA to clean up its mess

AAFC: It is too late for FFA to clean up its mess


Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC) chairman and spokesman Rabieh Krayem says the time has passed for FFA to redeem its errors.

AAFC stated its intent for representation on a reformed FFA congress on Thursday as the deadlock over the saga continues.

FFA called an EGM to the displeasure of the 10 A-League clubs, the PFA and the AAFC as it looks to force through a 9-4-1-1 voting model.

However, that system has been rejected by both the clubs and the PFA, who are looking for a 9-5-1-1 model. The AAFC also now want a vote of their own.

While the Daily telegraph reported the clubs were set to sue FFA in a move to make the EGM’s outcome illegal, the AAFC said they had been “ignored” by FFA in a statement.

The AAFC represents Australia’s NPL clubs, comprising more than 30,000 players.

The 30 November deadline set by FIFA for the crisis’ resolution looms large, and Krayem believes it is one that will not be met.

“I think it’s too late, I think they’ve shown their hand yesterday by issuing that notice for an EGM,” he told Thursday’s Daily Football Show.

“I think the A-League clubs made it very clear in their correspondence to the FFA board and also to the member federations, I think it’s gone beyond that which is very, very sad.

“I think like anything in life, you can always fix something, but you need an independent party to come in and fix it.

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“I don’t believe the parties getting together in a room will sort it out … I would have thought FIFA and AFC intervention back in August was that trigger point.

“I think the relationship, the goodwill that we had in August, I don’t think that’s there today.”

FIFA has threatened to install a normalisation committee if the dispute cannot be resolved with the consensus of all stakeholders.

Krayem urged those parties to think with the long-term interests of the game at heart, rather than their own.

“I think we’re at a tipping point of the game and the next couple of months are going to set the future for the game,”

“Hopefully it can be done in a way where people are more conscious of what’s the interests of the game, rather than individuals stakeholders.”