McKay could miss home openerPosted: September 6, 2013
Via Marco Monteverde: The season is still 5 weeks away, but Brisbane are likely to be without Australian Marquee Matt McKay likely to miss the opening two matches of the new season. Last week at the fan forum GM Sean Dobson earmarked that McKay would miss the Wellington game due to the Socceroos game in Paris against France. It has now come to light however that he’s also possibly going to miss the round 2 game with Sydney as well due to the midweek friendly in London against Canada.
Here’s a couple quotes from Roar Vice-Chairman Chris Fong.
“We’re not happy at all. I’m going to be talking to FFA about it next week. “We were counting on Matt McKay playing in our first home game. “Our fans will go ballistic if he’s not there. It’s a big thing to have an Australian marquee player missing not only the first game of the season, but also the first game at home.
“How can we get him to fly back and play the next day? It’s just not right. It’s not professional.
It is possible that it wont just be McKay who is missing for the matches, with right sided player Ivan Franjic and defender Jade North also being apart of the Socceroos setup in recent months- however it’s only McKay who is in the squad for the Brazil game. Brisbane wont be the only side affected with round 1 opponents Wellington likely to lose at least 5 players –Moss, Bertos, Brockie, Sigmund, Durante- for the round one meeting, meanwhile Sydney are likely to avoid losing anyone for the fixtures unless Osiek decides to recall veterans Brett Emerton or Richard Garcia. The A-League season doesn’t start for another 5 weeks with Brisbane starting away to Wellington on Sunday October 13, with the Sydney clash at Suncorp 6 days later.
Given that the FFA have it written into all club ‘participation agreements’ that any player selected for a national team squad or camp must be released for National team duty, it’s hard to see a way around it. It’s something that has cost clubs in the past before, and it seems like it’ll continue happening in the future unfortunately. The easy and quick solution is to stop the league on international dates, like just about every other league across the world, sooner the FFA take that step the better.