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FIFA 'closely monitoring' what's going on down under, and congratulations to Sydney Olympic!10 September 2018 | FT Editor
Well. We have a few days away* and all hell breaks loose because of Sport Australia's intervention in the FFA Wars.
To recap for those who missed the drama, the CEO of Sport Australia, ex-netball chief Kate Palmer, wrote an email to football's state member federations last week to let them know that Sport Australia had a few “concerns” ($) with the Congress Review Working Group; concerns they will share in detail in another communication due this week.
Our view on this is simply that it is an extraordinary intervention from a public servant and would not have been done without either (a) Ministerial knowledge and approval, or (b) Ministerial direction.
Back to today's news and Ray Gatt reports that FIFA is “closely monitoring” the situation but hasn't got any further comment yet. Gatt notes that FIFA traditionally does not take kindly to “political interference” of any kind.
As we foreshadowed last week, there's been some activity in Canberra with the local clubs calling for a meeting with Capital Football's president, Mark O'Neill, to discuss their concerns with his attitude towards the FFA Congress reforms. As we have written about extensively, O'Neill is famously one of the most devoted backers of the current FFA Chairman and board and has indicated he will vote against the recommendations of the Congress Review Working Group.
Congratulations to Sydney Olympic (pictured) on winning the NSW NPL grand final v APIA Leichhardt on Sunday, 1-3. Sydney Olympic coach, Abbas Saad said that “everyone played out of their skin” and his team deserved the win.
New Danish recruit, Ken Ilso, says it's “weird” to be playing Melbourne City again in a closed door friendly so soon after a previous game, and then potentially facing them in a competitive match in the FFA Cup. Welcome to Australia, Ken!
Ola! Melbourne Victory's new Swedish forwrd, Ola Toivonen, is due to arrive this week and will immediately team-up with his new team mates at a pre-season training camp in Queensland.
Bobo and Adrian who? That's the attitude of Sydney FC coach, Steve Corica, if you ask him about the loss of the club's two star players from last season. Corica believes the partnership between new overseas signings Adam Le Fondre and Siem de Jong will be even more lethal than the previous pairing, and with a younger front-third than the past two seasons.
* Note: we are only covering the latest football news of the day and not also the absent days.
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