Perth Glory have been banned from this year’s A-League finals series after being found guilty of salary cap breaches.
The club has also been fined $269,000 for breaches over three seasons, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Friday.
Perth deliberately failed to disclose payments and benefits to at least six players, the FFA said, adding the club was about $400,000 over the $2.55 million salary cap.
The Glory have seven business days to lodge any appeal against the decision, the FFA said.
Otherwise, the Glory – sitting in second spot on the A-League ladder – would be demoted to seventh at the end of the regulation rounds.
That scenario would put Brisbane Roar, currently seventh, into the finals.
The FFA said in addition to the deliberate salary cap breaches, the Glory also broke rules regarding the disclosure of payments in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
The peak governing body said Perth were guilty of three breaches including payments outside of a standard player contract; payments to a player’s family member; payments of travel costs; provision of motor vehicles; and accommodation benefits.
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