News Corp's weekly round-up, today written by Marco Monteverde, and featuring Brandon O'Neill, the VAR, Keisuke Honda, Warren Joyce, Stefan Mauk, and some talking points via Twitter. 

Also in News Corp press is AAP's round review which also features Joyce, O'Neill, Markus Babbel, Adam Taggart and what's next. 

A-League expansion

The final report from FFA management ($) will be given to the FFA Board tomorrow, with the Board now to meet on Monday 10 December to consider the long-awaited decision on FFA expansion, according to Ray Gatt. (Previously, the meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 12 December). A-League head, Greg O'Rourke, said there was a need to have one more conversation with the Victorian Government after the recent election in respect of the Team 11 “stadium situation” - that is, they don't have one at this point and are relying on the state government to provide majority funding for a stadium in Dandenong.

No surprise here that former FFA Board member, Danny Moulis, has backed Canberra's A-League bid - now that he can publicly. 

Match bans

Adelaide United's Taylor Regan and Brisbane Roar's Stefan Mauk will each serve a one-game ban. Regan's send-off came from a second yellow for “his hand in the face” of Mauk, described as “not clever” by coach Marco Kurz. Mauk was sent-off with a second yellow card in the 91st minute after his own tackle knocked him out.

Melbourne City

It was only one game, but it may have been an important 90 minutes for Melbourne City, according to Michael Lynch, with “angry fans who have hitched their wagon to the Bruno Fornaroli caravan” giving the club a lot of grief in the past week or so. However, the “three excellent goals” showed that they can win without Fornaroli. Lynch writes that “Despite all the gossip about tension within the City camp there is no doubt that the players put in a shift for the coach”, but regardless of what or how well they do, fans will always ask who or what they are. Lynch writes that they are probably two things: “a club dedicated to being the best they can in Australia's peak domestic competition”, as well as a “southern hemisphere flagship of a global franchise whose main priority is to harvest the country's best young players and then feed them into the City Football Group's global system.” He says Joyce is the “man in the middle”. 

Melbourne Victory

Kosta Barbarouses says one factor in the club's good start to the season is the “strength of mind of the newcomers” to the club, such as Keisuke Honda, Ola Toivonen, Storm Roux, Corey Brown and Raul Baena.

Newcastle Jets

It was an inspid performance on Sunday against Melbourne City, according to Newcastle Jets' coach Ernie Merrick, but he still thinks they're on track for the finals series. He says he doesn't mind losing games if there is 100 per cent effort from everyone, but he says there was not on Sunday. 

For captain Nigel Boogaard, it's not time for panic stations, but he hopes that a run of home games will help get the Jets back on track for the season. He says it's hard to hear when told by the boss that the effort wasn't there. Emma Kemp notes that Newcastle Jets have scored only five goals in six games, and have scored no goals in two games. 


It's fantastic that he Pararoos have made the IFCPF world championships in Spain next year, but not so great that they are once again on the fundraising trail, seeking $250,000 in sponsorship.

And, once again, the blame is apportioned to the former Australian Sports Commission (now Sport Australia) for taking away their funding but, the fact is, FFA could and should fund them also as we wrote about here 30 months ago. It's not as if $250,000 couldn't be found from amongst FFA's $135 million annual revenue.

You can donate to the fundraising appeal by the Australian Sports Foundation which is managed by Sport Australia right here.*

Western Sydney Wanderers

Former Wanderers' goalkeeper, Ante Covic, says the players “are going through the motions” and there is a lack of on-field leadership. Last season, the fingers were pointing at Josep Gombau, but this time he is also saying much the same as Babbel said yesterday citing other problems as being “poor off-season recruiting, marquee striker Oriol Riera's lacklustre finishing and progressive turnover of key figures at the club over the last few campaigns, as well as the 'soul-less' feel of Spotless Stadium and the ... relationship between players and active fan groups such as the Red and Black Bloc.


FFA's referee bosses have conceded that the VAR-prompted dismissal of Wellington Phoenix's Ryan Lowry “was not worthy of a red card”. The decision resulted in Phoenix coach, Mark Rudan, expressing his dissatisfaction with the decision (described as “an extraordinary rant”), for which he may face a disciplinary charge. 

The founder of Football Today, Bonita Mersiades, has donated the proceeds of the sale of her book Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way to the Pararoos campaign. 

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