Australia coach worried over pay dispute ahead of qualifier
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Coach Ange Postecoglou is concerned that a bitter pay dispute between players and Football Federation Australia has impinged on Australia’s preparation for Thursday’s World Cup qualifying match against Bangladesh.
Australian players have boycotted commercial appearances in Perth this week because of an impasse in pay negotiations between Professional Footballers Australia and the FFA. The talks affect men’s and women’s internationals and A-League players.
Postecoglou said Tuesday he is angry the dispute is “getting played out in Socceroo camp. If we think it’s OK during the World Cup qualifiers to play out this scenario then I’m out of whack with everyone else because I think while the game is on ... lay down your guns and pick them up as soon as it’s over.”