Glory accept Baird suspension

After taking independent advice and having robust discussions with the FFA, Perth Glory has decided not to pursue any action against the Michael Baird two game suspension.

After taking independent advice and having robust discussions with the FFA, Perth Glory has decided not to pursue any action against the Michael Baird two game suspension.

Perth Glory acknowledges that acts of simulation are subject to significant scrutiny in this country and the club is also committed to the removal of premeditated acts of simulation from our game.

Perth Glory acknowledges that defining and reducing acts of simulation is a complex matter.

The FFA has developed rules and a process to reduce simulation which we must abide by. Our Club wishes to see a process in place which respects an individual-s human right to defend him or herself.

Perth Glory, compliment the FFA for committing to review the process for making a decision on this disciplinary matter.

At all times during this period, the welfare and human rights of the player has been of upmost importance to our club.

We do not want our players in an environment where one spontaneous act (simulation) can unfairly "label" a player, whilst other acts which have the same result during a game are dismissed as being part of the game and carry no "label".

In closing, Perth Glory reaffirms the integrity and great character of Michael Baird.

Michael has proven to be an outstanding young Australian, who over the past 12 months has had to overcome significant hardship to return to play in his home country.

We look forward to his return game for Perth Glory in two weeks, and his ability, which will be of value in promoting our Hyundai A-League.