SYDNEY (AP) – Football Federation Australia has terminated the A-League license of outspoken Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer for breaches of the club participation agreement.
The Billionaire mining magnate has been critical of the A-League and its administration in recent weeks as his club has floundered at the bottom of the 10-team domestic league.
FFA chairman Frank Lowy on Wednesday said the sport's national governing body had been ''left with no alternative than to terminate the Gold Coast United's license'' after three breaches of the participation agreement in recent days.
Lowy, who had earlier described Gold Coast United's attempts to connect with local fans as a ''spectacular failure,'' said the FFA had been left with little choice but to take drastic action.
''We can't let anybody thumb their noses at us saying 'We're going to do what we want to do but I want to stay,''' he said.
Lowy said the FFA was examining ways of having a Gold Coast team contest the last four matches of the regular season, but conceded Sunday's away match at Wellington Phoenix may have to be postponed.
Palmer, a lawyer and regular litigant, had in recent weeks virtually dared the FFA to make a move against him by threatening legal action.
In the latest breach of the participation agreement, Gold Coast United refused to remove ''Freedom of Speech'' logos on its stadium and jerseys in place of sponsor signage during a match last weekend despite warnings from the A-League that it contravened regulations.