COVID-19 impact discussions underway between clubs and PFA

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The Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA) has confirmed that talks are underway with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus upon the Hyundai A-League, the clubs and the players.

The statement from APFCA reads as follows:

“The Chairman of APFCA, Paul Lederer and John Didulica, the CEO of the
PFA, reached out to each other to open discussions between the Clubs and the Players as to the impact that the COVID-19 virus has had upon the A League, the Clubs and the Players, rather than see the parties become embroiled in legal proceedings where each assert their position over the other.
Since the inception of APFCA the PFA has worked closely and collaboratively with it to bring about outcomes that are good for the whole of the game which partnership has reaped benefits for the memberships of each.
The recent statements in the press are not reflective of the relationship both parties enjoy.
We have agreed today that no further legal steps will be taken and next week we will commence discussions to seek common ground on the issues that confront all Clubs and Player groups in the country at present.”