Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has today retracted comments he made yesterday about the current negotiations over a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“As a senior employee of Football Federation Australia (FFA) I understand that my comments were inappropriate,” said Postecoglou.
“I appreciate that I need to take sides on this issue. The commercial performance of the Socceroos brand directly affects the amount of investment in the match schedule, technical developments and sports science staff.
“In this case, the commercial boycotts imposed by Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) will directly affect commercial partners and will inevitably hurt the Socceroos program.
“I made comments yesterday out of frustration. I acknowledge that the PFA initiated the regrettable situation that has distracted us in Perth. I understand that FFA was compelled to respond in order to explain its position to the game's stakeholders.
“I call on the PFA to undertake that no future Socceroo camp will be targeted in this way.”