7 Sep 2010

FFA props up cash-strapped Newcastle

6:12 am on 7 September 2010

Football Federation Australia has averted a player boycott at the Newcastle Jets by propping up the cash-strapped club with a short term deal.

The A-League's latest crisis was poised to worsen dramatically after Jets players warned they would not line up against Adelaide this weekend if the FFA failed to ensure their contracts were honoured.

After missing two pay days, players told the Professional Footballers Association boss Brendan Schwab they were prepared to strike.

Schwaab says the players were chipping in for two of their imports, from Iraq and China, to make sure they had enough money to buy food.