I’m not paying FFA fine, says Clive Palmer

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    An appeal has been lodged by Gold Coast United over coach Miron Bleiberg’s $5000 fine for breaching the national code of conduct.

    However, Football Federation Australia (FFA) may soon investigate Clive Palmer after the billionaire United owner threatened to take legal action against them if they dismissed his A-League club’s appeal.

    United are believed to have appealed the severity of the fine slapped on Bleiberg for saying referee Peter Green favoured home teams and insinuating the FFA favoured Sydney FC over other clubs.

    Bleiberg’s comments came after Gold Coast had suffered a shattering 3-2 loss to Sydney FC on November 6.

    But Palmer further stoked the fire on Wednesday when he claimed he would not pay the fine and promised to take FFA to court if their appeal failed.

    “In Australia we’ve got a history of freedom of speech – this has been protected by our courts for many years,” Palmer told News Limited.

    “They can’t impose conditions which go against the constitution and go against the law because we live in Australia – we’re a free country.”

    Told about Palmer’s comments, an FFA spokesman said on Wednesday: “There is due process that needs to be undertaken in relation to the appeal.

    “All matters will be considered in that process relating to Miron Bleiberg’s situation.

    “And we haven’t got any comment to make about the public commentary from Gold Coast United.”

    Gold Coast’s appeal is expected to be discussed in the coming days while FFA officials are believed to be set to address Palmer privately over his concerns.

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    • November 17th 2011 @ 7:40am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | November 17th 2011 @ 7:40am | ! Report

      The $5k fine is over the top—get real FFA!!!!!! Go get’em Clive.

      • November 17th 2011 @ 10:41am
        phutbol said | November 17th 2011 @ 10:41am | ! Report

        I’d say $5k for insinuating the ref and/or FFA is corrupt is more than reasonable.

        FFA have eased right up on what the players and coaches can say re refs getting decisions wrong etc (think back a few seasons) but there is a line you dont cross and thats clearly over it.

        • November 17th 2011 @ 12:50pm
          dasilva said | November 17th 2011 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

          Yep questioning the referee competence, palmer may have a case

          However questioning the integrity of the referee and FFA without evidence is defametory and even in countries with stringent protection of freedom of speech doesn’t cover that.

    • November 17th 2011 @ 8:44am
      dasilva said | November 17th 2011 @ 8:44am | ! Report

      Actually out of most western democracy Australia has one of hte least protection of freedom of speech.

      THere is no explicit constitutional protection of freedom of speech. The only protection has been “implied” protection of freedom of speech as the constitution states that Australia is a democracy and being a democracy, it’s “implied” that freedom of speech is part of the parcel. However the court ruled that in terms of government intervention of freedom of speech and not private company intervention.

      I think Clive is just being jingoistic for PR effort. Really, they sign up to FFA to be involve in the A-league and that means being accepting FFA code of conduct.

    • November 17th 2011 @ 10:28am
      Jon said | November 17th 2011 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      The FFA are so intent on getting a second Sydney team in the A League that there is a perception amongst other clubs that Sydney FC are shown favouritism in hope that a successful Sydney FC will result in that second team. The severity of the fine tends to support this suggestion as it appears to have struck a raw nerve amongst administrators.

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