Perth Glory chief executive Jason Brewer has slammed Football Federation Australia, saying the decision to host the FFA Cup Final in Adelaide is just another example of Perth football fans copping a raw deal from the body.
Brewer was in no mood to mince words on Thursday morning when asked about FFA's decision to overlook Perth's nib Stadium for the FFA Cup Final, with Adelaide's Coopers Stadium the preferred venue for the December 16 showpiece event.
Glory won their way through to the final with a clinical 3-0 win over Bentleigh Greens last Tuesday night but their trip to Kingston Heath in Melbourne's south-east was the club's third away match from four games in the competition.
And, with Adelaide having had three home matches, the Glory felt they should have hosted the final due to a heavy travel schedule so far.
“First of all, it’s great to be in the first FFA Cup final, there’s no question about that, we’ve certainly fought our way there with all the travel,” Brewer told Perth radio station SportFM .
“It is bitterly disappointing but they’ve decided to play the game there without any real consultation with the club.
“Obviously it was decided before even yesterday’s game was finished that it wasn’t going to be played in Perth for any number of reasons at the FFA’s discretions.”
Brewer said the decision was indicative of the FFA overlooking Perth over the last few years, with the last Socceroos clash to be played in Western Australia occurring in early 2005 with a friendly against Indonesia.
The Glory itself have also endured a tough schedule, the club having more home games than away matches in just one of the last six A-League seasons.
“I think Western Australian and Perth football fans have been fairly hard done by,” Brewer declared.
“I think they’d agree over the past 10 years, not just with Glory’s results but in terms of the support at the national level with the Socceroos and so on, there hasn’t been a major game played here for the best part of a decade.
“Clearly the FFA Cup Final, I think we would have embraced, all football fans here would have embraced.
“So yes it’s disappointing ... and we’re disappointed with that, we’ve just got to move on and focus on what we can control which is the team getting out there this weekend and beating Western Sydney.”
Brewer did acknowledge the FFA may have had their reasons for overlooking Perth somewhat in this period.
“One thing which the FFA have kind of given us a little jab about is the fans, how we haven’t got the sort of attendances which they’ve expected,” he said.
“Now’s the chance I guess, playing against the Asian Champions (this Saturday) to really show the FFA the red card so to speak and come out in force and show what football means to Western Australia, to Perth and support us and beat the one club in Asia that’s got success this year.
“(So we’re) certainly looking forward to seeing the fans there and it’d be great to see us move further clear at the top of the table.”
Goal Australia have contacted FFA to request an explanation for their FFA Cup Final hosting decision but are yet to receive a reply.