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Friday, February 5, 2010
FFA ask Gold Coast's Palmer to explain comments

Gold Coast United chairman Clive Palmer has been asked to explain his recent comments by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) after he accused the governing body of corruption.

Palmer, a billionaire businessman, told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the FFA did not want the A-League Grand Final to be hosted at Skilled Park.

United would host the final if they finish in the top two and win the semi-final over two legs but the FFA have the right to decide who stages the title decider.

''The FFA are worried that we will win the major semi-final and then enjoy hosting rights for a match they don't want to see in Queensland,'' said Palmer. ''It's all about getting the game to Victoria and (New South Wales), despite the fact we have the best team in the league.

''They are getting very nervous and this whole things smells of corruption and undue influence to me.''

The FFA immediately issued a statement denying the allegations and asking Palmer to explain his comments, warning him that he may face a breach of Code of Conduct charge.

''FFA strongly denies the allegations,'' read the statement. ''FFA re-affirmed that as with prior seasons, FFA determines the location of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final taking into account a range of considerations but added that it was too early to speculate on this before the regular season had ended.''

Palmer has until Monday to respond.

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