Mariners chairman calls for peace

March 1, 2012
By Adrian Warren

Central Coast Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull says the code is being damaged by the dispute between Clive Palmer and Football Federation Australia and has called on all parties to put aside their differences for the good of the game.

Turnbull, whose team leads the A-league, says he has closely monitoring developments over the last few weeks as the relationship between Gold Coast's billionaire owner and the FFA has deteriorated.

The FFA revoked Gold Coast's licence earlier this week, prompting Palmer to form an independent organisation, provocatively named Football Australia, aimed at addressing perceived FFA failures.

"The way that this issue has developed to its current state is not the right way, this episode is damaging the game I love," Turnbull said in a statement on Friday.

"There are many points raised by Clive Palmer that have merit, and indeed they have been raised and discussed between the owners, and with the FFA on several occasions.

"But other issues raised by Clive do not - the manner of their raising is also most unfortunate and simply not helpful."

"There is no doubt that after seven years of ever-increasing losses, the (A-League club) owners' stamina and willingness to donate to the cause of football is wearing thin.

"While these losses mount, there is a need for the owners to be in more control of how their investment is managed, as they are the ones in reality that are fronting the bills on a daily basis for all football followers.

"Two government reports and the original PFA (Professional Footballers Australia) model have demanded it, and the FFA have now promised it.

"We can only achieve change in a unified manner with the FFA.

"I urge all parties, all clubs, Clive, the FFA and all in the football family to put aside their disputes for the good of the game, and build on what has been a tremendous on-field year.

"After the Hyundai A-League season is complete, we have many things that need to be reviewed and resolved.