Perth thrown out of finals, Brisbane into 6thPosted: April 10, 2015
Without kicking a ball today, Brisbane Roar have moved back into the A-League’s top six after Perth were found guilty of exceeding the salary cap over the past three seasons.
Perth’s punishment is a fine of $269k, in addition to missing the finals of this year’s competition. The table will still reflect their current position until the end of the season, at which time they will be reduced to 7th place.
The penalties were handed down after the club was reported to be $400k over the salary cap this season, with payments to at least six players withheld from the FFA.
Here’s a list of crimes and sanctions as outlined by the FFA earlier this afternoon.
The breaches include deliberately not disclosing:
* Payments outside of the Standard Player Contract
* Payments to a player’s family member
* Payments of player agents’ fees
* A Third Party sponsorship
* A Pre-payment to a player
* Payment of travel costs
* Accommodation benefits
* Provision of motor vehicles
Perth Glory will be fined $269,000 in total for the breaches over the three seasons as follows:
* $26,000 for the 2012/13 season, being the value of the undisclosed payments and benefits
* $43,000 for the 2013/14 season, being the value of the undisclosed payments and benefits
* $200,000 for the 2014/15 season, taking into account the significance of the total sanction for this season, namely the exclusion from the Finals series (and consequently any prospect of qualifying for the 2016 Asian Champions League)
The net result of that is Brisbane have gone from a position of having next to no chance of playing finals, to having all but secured a spot for the 5th straight season. They now sit 6th, 8 points clear of Central Coast with a game in hand, and just three games for the Gosford based club to close the gap. Brisbane need just two points from 12 to secure their place.
Looking forward to the finals now, and as things stand, Brisbane would be in line for a trip to Adelaide in the Elimination Finals round, however there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before their opponent is confirmed. It’s likely that they will play one of Wellington, Adelaide or Sydney FC, before a probable semi-final against Melbourne should they get out of the first week.
Brisbane’s record against all 5 of the other finals teams this season is poor to say the least, with just two wins against the five other clubs this season.
Record against Adelaide United
Record against Sydney FC
Record against Melbourne City
Brisbane might not have the best record against their potential finals opponents, however the Roar’s finals pedigree ensures that if nothing else they’ve got the experience required to make some noise in the finals. Time will tell if they’re able to capitalise on this chance.