Santalab to front FFA hearing
Western Sydney's Brendan Santalab will appear before a Football Federation Australia disciplinary committee in relation to allegations of vilification made by Sydney FC's Ali Abbas following the two teams' fiery derby clash earlier this month.
"The hearing is for the purpose of determining whether an offence has been committed under the A-League Disciplinary Regulations and if so what sanction should be imposed," the FFA said in a statement.
The hearing will take place next Monday.
Australia a better World Cup venue
Respected British football writer Henry Winter has struck a chord with fans Down Under by citing Australia as a country far more deserving of hosting the World Cup than Qatar, as reports of alleged corruption in the 2022 bidding process continue to emerge.
"Imagine a World Cup in an honest, welcoming, sports-mad country, whose emerging football league would be transformed by local stadia hosting global superstars," Winter wrote in The Telegraph.
"Imagine a World Cup where organisers are motivated primarily by a desire to put on a great party for the world."
Wanderers sale proceeds to be shared
Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy says some of the windfall from the reported $10 million sale of Western Sydney will be divided among the other A-League teams and the W-League.
"We've told them we will share it with the them, share the surplus," Lowy told ABC.
"I'm not here to tell you what the final result is, and we don’t have the final result yet, but we will share it with them."
Brown determines to bounce back
Brisbane Roar fullback Corey Brown has set an ambitious recovery timescale despite suffering complications during an operation to remove his appendix.
"He's hoping to be back at training by the end of this week," Brown's father Rod said after his son briefly stopped breathing when brought out of anaesthesia.
Djite wants tougher bans
Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite feels Brisbane Roar's Besart Berisha should have been handed a longer suspension after being sent off for a studs-up challenge against Sydney FC on Friday night.
"That challenge is a red card - clear. That time he didn't get him but imagine he does; you don't want to wait until someone breaks his leg to say, 'oh we've got to clamp down on these sorts of tackles'. No, clamp down now. Preventive action is always the best way."