1 Mar 2012

Phoenix working with FFA to get Gold Coast game

7:43 am on 1 March 2012

The Wellington Phoenix are working with the Football Federation of Australia to try and ensure Sunday's A-League game against Gold Coat United is played as scheduled.

The FFA's billionaire boss Frank Lowy announced yesterday he had no alternative but to revoke Gold Coast's licence to protect the integrity of the competition following the club owner's "flagrant disregard" for A-League rules.

Owner, mining magnate Clive Palmer vowed to challenge the decision in court.

Lowy is determined to see last-placed Gold Coast play out the final four rounds, with the FFA offering to pay the players' wages over the period.

Phoenix chairman Rob Morrison says the club would work with the FFA to explore every avenue possible to ensure the game is played and says Wellington stadium staff are preparing as if Sunday's game will go ahead.