PFA CEO John Didulica is imploring leaders of Australian football to refrain from doing anything that “prejudices” the recent feats of the Socceroos and Matildas in the wake of the current FFA crisis.
FFA’s new congress model was rejected on Thursday prompting the possibility of FIFA installing a normalisation committee to run the game in Australia.
Didulica said the rejection of the congress had exposed the current limitations on the existing governing structure, both in terms of reaching consensus, and in driving key policy matters that the game requires.
“Some of the most powerful stakeholders within football recognise that the current structure just does not work,” he said.
“As a consequence of that we need to now shift our focus into reaching consensus and ensuring that, should FIFA become involved in Australian football, we work within the footballing structures to resolve the challenges that we’re facing.
“I think everyone would recognise the amazing feats of the Socceroos and the Matildas in recent times. It’s critical the game doesn’t do anything that prejudices or undermines those significant sacrifices and those significant achievements.”
Although unlikely, there is a possibility the current power struggle could affect Australia’s World Cup hopes.
Didulica said the current state of the game in Australia should not impose on the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign.
“All things being equal we are absolutely confident that this should not prevent the Socceroos from participating in the 2018 World Cup, and should not stop the Matildas continuing to build their momentum as preeminent national teams,” he said.
“Even in the event of FIFA normalisation, there’s no reason why Australia can’t continue to compete at the international level the same way the likes of Greece have in recent times.”