FFA chief executive James Johnson calls for end to “politics of old” as pay dispute intensifies


Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson has called for an end to the squabbling between A-League clubs and players, and for the “politics of old” in the sport to be abandoned amid the coronavirus crisis.

Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners have both stood down their players, with more A-League teams set to follow despite the threat of legal action from Professional Footballers Australia, whose chief executive John Didulica has launched a vicious rebuke at club owners for their “unilateral” actions.

FFA chief executive James Johnson wants unity in football and an end to the "politics of old".

FFA chief executive James Johnson wants unity in football and an end to the “politics of old”.Credit:AAP

Where the AFL has worked out an amicable resolution to player pay in response to the pandemic, the brewing war within football has exposed the continued infighting between various factions – despite attempts to promote an image of stakeholder unity since the departure of former FFA chairman Steven Lowy.

Johnson, who is less than three months into his new role at the helm of FFA, released a diplomatically worded statement on Tuesday which did not side with either the clubs or PFA, but declared that an immediate change had to be made to the way differences of opinion within Australian football were handled.