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Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley plans serious talks with Coast United owner Clive Palmer

Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley plans serious talks with Coast United owner Clive Palmer

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Buckley hints at crisis talks with Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer, but will not be rushed into decisions on the club's A-League future.

Football Federation Australia boss Ben Buckley says Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer's inflammatory comments about the league, its administrators and the sport of football in general could jeopardise Gold Coast United's A-League status.

Mining magnate Palmer described the game of football as 'hopeless' in The Sunday Mail and dared the governing body to take him to court over his ownership.

Fresh from the departure of coach Miron Bleiberg later on Sunday, Palmer continued his tirade the next day, questioning Buckley's role in charge of the game and even asking why Australia's national team had a foreign coach in charge.

Buckley played a safe hand to Palmer's comments, though he did describe them as 'insensitive and somewhat disrespectful'.

"We will continue to talk to Clive about his role in the game. He certainly made a substantive investment. There would be no Gold Coast United without his commitment to the team," Buckley said.

"But I guess some of his comments over the weekend mean that we have to evaluate the future of the Gold Coast United team."

"No doubt we will have some conversations with Clive over the next few weeks as the season comes to a conclusion about the future of the Gold Coast franchise and Gold Coast United but first and foremost our priority is to make sure that the remainder of the season and the integrity of competition remains in place," he said.

"We will take our time. We will evaluate the future of Gold Coast United over the course of the next four to six weeks and the remainder of the season. We will take a sensible and rational approach to look at the future of Gold Coast United."

The league's bottom side, United's problems began when they handed the captaincy for Friday's match with Melbourne Heart to 17-year-old debutant Mitch Cooper.

Bleiberg's comments about that decision resulted in his suspension, eventually leading to his dismissal.  The Israeli - the club's inaugural coach - maintains he quit, while the club says he was sacked.

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