Clive Palmer has vowed to take legal action against the FFA and
is pulling no punches in his response to the decision. He has
launched an extraordinary attack on Lowry and called him a
'dictator' after the decision was handed down. It seems
certain that the revoke of the licence is not the end of the
matter, and this 'match-up' is headed for extra time, a
penalty shoot-out and whatever comes after that.
The concept of a 'breakaway' competition is not new to
our sporting codes. Historically, the breakaway formations in Super
league and World Series Cricket have resulted from competition law
impacts. World Series Cricket was instigated and formed by the late
Kerry Packer to take on the 'establishment'. The reason for
the new competition was because players were not paid enough and
Packer wanted exclusive broadcasting rights to the game. Similar
reasons lay behind Rupert Murdoch and News Limited forming Super
In theory, there is nothing to stop an individual like Clive
Palmer from forming his own league. The difficulty lies in a sport
like football any new league will not be sanctioned by the FFA and,
ultimately, FIFA. This means players would be ineligible for
national selection and unable to play at the biggest event in the
game – the World Cup.
Balanced against these sanctions would be the prospect of the
players contracted to any "Palmer League" earning more
money than what they are currently on. We have seen through the IPL
and the vast earning potential for contracted players in that
competition that a number of players are prepared to put 'self
The unfolding of this scenario promises to be compulsory viewing
from a legal perspective and we are one group of football fans that
will be keeping a close eye on proceedings – both on and
off the field!
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