Perth Glory have been dealt a major blow with our 2013 Asian Champions League qualifying spot removed.
Perth Glory Chairman and Owner Tony Sage has slammed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the Executive Committee (EXCO) stripped away the club-s qualifying position for the 2013 AFC Champions League (ACL) competition.
“I am absolutely gutted,” Sage said.
“The whole process is a joke and I am so disappointed for the football fans of WA.
“We have already spent $80,000 preparing the club for the ACL and I know how much it meant to our fans and players.
“The ACL was a wonderful chance to proudly show Perth to Asia and have our team compete with the region-s best teams.”
In total, Australia was allocated one (1) automatic position and one (1) qualifying position for the 2013 ACL competition. FFA is yet to receive details of the qualification process.
The 2013 allocation compares to previous years where there were two automatic spots, plus an additional qualifying spot in 2012.
Head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun stated that the FFA was disappointed at the outcome and would be looking to restore the previous ACL allocation in the future.
“It-s important for us to maintain a strong presence in the ACL through the Central Coast Mariners- direct participation and the strong prospect of Brisbane Roar also qualifying.