Hyundai A-League side Perth Glory have been banned from the finals this season after being found guilty by the Football Federation Australia of deliberate salary cap breaching, as reported by Fox Sports Australia.
The FFA made the announcement at 3pm Eastern standard time (EST). The announcement comes after thorough investigations into the West Australian club.
Perth Glory were found guilty of breaching the salary cap in order of $400,000; failing to disclose the payments of at least six players.
David Gallop, the chief executive of the FFA announced the decision, saying: "The FFA determine Perth Glory will be excluded from the Hyundai A-League finals".
The FFA chief executive also stated: "I find myself in a position that I'd never like to be in again. Every contest should be fair and square under the rules and regulations of the Hyundai A-league".
The head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun revealed the various offences committed by the A-League side: “significant non-disclosure” including: “Payments to a player’s family member; Payments of player agents’ fees; A Third Party sponsorship; A Pre-payment to a player; Payment of travel costs; Accommodation benefits; Provision of motor vehicles.” as mentioned by Fox Sports Australia.
The head of the A-League also explained that Perth Glory have been fined $26,000 for their breaches in the 2012/13, whilst being fined $43,000 for their offences in the 2013/14 season and finally a $200,000 fine for this seasons breaches.
Perth Glory's position will be modified and documented as seventh at the end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.