A-League boss Greg O’Rourke says allegations concerning South Melbourne FC being accused of wage theft by current and former players and staff won’t affect their top tier aspirations.
Last week FTBL reported that Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) had provided legal advice and assistance to players regarding overdue payments from South Melbourne.
The FFA board is set to meet tomorrow to discuss whether they will proceed with announcing who the two successful A-League bidders will be and if they will join the competition next season.
Speaking at the 2018-19 A-League launch, Greg O’Rourke revealed that South’s bid won’t be derailed by the allegations.
“I don’t think so,” said the head of the A-League.
“When I say I don’t think so it’s not going to affect our decision-making.
“I don’t know the facts behind that to be honest but I did read the article.
“If they were the team to be put forward we would obviously continue our due diligence.
“But the decisions have been made on who we put forward (for A-League expansion) before that article was published.
Over the weekend South Melbourne put out a statement that responded to FTBL’s story:
“In circumstances where players have breached their contractual obligations, the club will continue to work with the players and the PFA to resolve any dispute,” said a club spokesperson.
“In relation to the claims made in the article, the club is very comfortable with its position in relation to players who have breached their respective contracts and/or negotiated their departures from South Melbourne Football Club.”