Newcastle Jets Vs. Brisbane Roar FC
Last updated: 05-09-2010 from 07:00 until 09:00
27-08-2010 on 15:37
Round #5 :: Hyundai A-League 2010/2011
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FFA guarantees Jets-Roar fixture
FOOTBALL Federation Australia has avoided a disaster by guaranteeing Sunday's Newcastle Jets-Brisbane Roar match at EnergyAustralia Stadium will go ahead.
The round five-fixture was in doubt after it was revealed on Monday that the Jets are in serious financial strife, owing players, coaches, management and office staff a week's wages.
They have been told they will be paid on Monday, by which stage they will be owed almost $150,000.
The club also does not have the money to pay in advance for security, police, staff and catering for the match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
The Jets and FFA remained tight-lipped on the matter yesterday, but A-League boss Lyall Gorman said: "Communication is ongoing with Newcastle Jets FC to assist with the present issues the club is facing. FFA remains in the process of understanding the issues but we have every confidence the match will go ahead on Sunday".
The Jets have desperately sought an advance from the FFA on the $1.3 million annual grant each club is paid quarterly from television rights to help meet its short-term financial commitments, but the head body has so far refused to budge.
Meanwhile, Central Coast Mariners have turned to biomechanics experts in a bid to prove Argentine import Patricio Perez did not dive to earn a penalty that helped his side escape with a 1-1 draw against Sydney FC on Saturday night.
Sunday's game at Newcastle's EnergyAustralia Stadium is only going ahead because Football Federation Australia will foot the bill.
Cash-strapped Jets owner Con Constantine can no longer afford to pay for the stadium's match-day services and is also $50,000 behind in player payment
The strain has spilled over to the training field, with former Brisbane Strikers star Kasey Wehrman and defender Adam D'Apuzzo almost coming to blows and having to be separated by teammates on Thursday.
Skipper Michael Bridges and fellow attacker Sean Rooney were also involved in a heated exchange during the fiery session.