1 Mar 2012

FFA boss wants to retain 10-team A-league

7:43 am on 1 March 2012

Football Federation Australia's billionaire boss Frank Lowy is confident the A-League can remain a 10-team competition next season despite stripping the licence of Gold Coast United and their billionaire owner Clive Palmer.

On one of the most dramatic days in the league's seven-year history, Lowy announced yesterday he had no alternative but to revoke the licence to protect the integrity of the competition following Palmer's "flagrant disregard" for A-League rules.

Mining magnate Palmer vowed to challenge the decision in court, branding Lowy a "dictator" and calling for the federal government to investigate FFA's administration of the game.

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.

There's some doubt about Gold Coast's game against the Phoenix in Wellington going ahead on Sunday. A-league officials and Gold Coast players will be meeting today to discuss that fixture.