Football Federation Australia (FFA) has postponed a heavily opposed extraordinary general meeting (EGM) scheduled for 1 November.
The meeting was due to take place on Wednesday, widely thought of, according to reports, as an attempt by head office to force through its reformed congress model.
Changes to FFA’s constitution requires 75% to pass, but the move was thrown into tatters after AAP reported Football Federation Victoria (FFV) threw its support behind the 10 A-League clubs and the PFA.
According to AAP’s report, FFV chairman Kimon Taliadoros urged FFA chairman Steven Lowy to postpone the meeting.
While FFA has put forward a 9-4-1-1 model, the clubs and the players’ union is pushing for a 9-5-1-1 model.
“Following requests received from members of Football Federation Australia’s congress, the FFA board has agreed to postpone the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) scheduled for tomorrow, 1 November, to enable further consultation between all stakeholders – the member federations, A-League clubs, Professional Footballers Australia and FFA,” an FFA statement read.
“The EGM will be rescheduled for 27 November with formal notice of the meeting and associated papers to be issued to members in the coming days.
“The board is sending formal notification of the postponement to the members, FIFA and AFC.”
If the drawn-out saga cannot be resolved by a FIFA-imposed deadline of 30 November, the world governing body will install a normalising committee to oversee change.
Such a move would unseat Lowy and the rest of his board.