In recent days, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) published on its ABC News website a story entitled: “Football Queensland’s members’ fees only went up a few dollars, but they weren’t told where the money was going”. That story foreshadowed a segment that aired on ABC’s 7.30 Report.
The subject matters of those publications are the very matters of complaint in the pending claims brought by Football Queensland’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer currently before the District Court of Queensland.
Earlier in the year, FFA investigated a complaint that was lodged with FIFA which related to matters covered in ABC’s publications. FFA subsequently advised the individuals who were the subject of the complaint that, after reviewing the evidence available from the investigation, the allegations were unsubstantiated. FFA confirmed that, on the evidence before it, there was no finding that any representative of FQ was in breach of the FFA Code of Conduct, FIFA Code of Ethics or had engaged in corrupt or unethical behaviour.
Details of the FFA’s statement can be found here: FFA Statement on Football Queensland
Football Queensland is respecting the process of the courts and for the last 11 months has refrained from making public statements on the matter.
That remains Football Queensland’s intended course and no further comment will be made until the matter has been fully heard and decided by the District Court.