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Newcastle Jets player tests positive for COVID-19

An unnamed Newcastle Jets player has become the first professional footballer in Australia to test positive to the COVID-19 virus.

The player, who underwent the test as a precaution before a pre-scheduled international flight, was a member of the Jets' squad for last weekend's A-League matches against Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

He was asymptomatic and Jets' chief executive Lawrie McKinna said he remains in good health.

"He was fine, no symptoms whatsoever," McKinna told AAP.

"He was tested...

Players' union threatens Perth Glory owner with legal action

GOLD COAST -- Australia's professional footballers' union is threatening legal action against Perth Glory owner Tony Sage after he stood down the A-League club's players and staff.

Less than a week after Football Federation Australia suspended the 2019-20 A-League season until at least April 22 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sage has stood down all of the club's players and staff.

The decision prompted an angry response from the PFA, who have promised to initiate legal proceedings if Sage...

Football Federation Australia lays off 70 percent of staff due to coronavirus

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.

Australia's soccer federation has laid off 70 percent of its staff as it battles to remain solvent during a national shutdown to contain the coronavirus.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but necessary to stabilise the organisation so that it can continue to service the game, albeit in a vastly different landscape," Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson said in a statement on Friday.

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Football Federation Australia's last opportunity to reset and fulfill soccer's true potential

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.
Steven Ugarkovic scores the winner late as Newcastle win 2-1 over Melbourne City.
Western Sydney Wanderers score a late equaliser to snatch a point from runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC.
Scott McDonald scores again as Brisbane Roar continue hot streak with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City overcome an early deficit vs. the Mariners with the help of three goals from Jamie Maclaren.
Melbourne City claim a record-setting fourth W-League championship with a 1-0 vs. Sydney FC.

When Football Federation Australia CEO James Johnson said on Tuesday that "mission difficult, had become mission impossible," he was talking about the desire to complete the 2019-20 A-League season. But he could have just as easily have been summarising the game's attempts to stay afloat in its current model.

If reports circulating on Wednesday are to be believed, the suspension of the current A-League season has presented the opportunity for Fox Sports, the local broadcaster, to tear up their $57m-a-year...

FFA probe golf buggy incident involving Wellington Phoenix players

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.
Steven Ugarkovic scores the winner late as Newcastle win 2-1 over Melbourne City.
Western Sydney Wanderers score a late equaliser to snatch a point from runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC.
Scott McDonald scores again as Brisbane Roar continue hot streak with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City overcome an early deficit vs. the Mariners with the help of three goals from Jamie Maclaren.

Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team's A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have legal ramifications.

Football Federation Australia and Phoenix management are investigating the alcohol-related incident in which Payne and teammate Oliver Sail drove a golf buggy beyond the team's remote Sydney facility, where they were undergoing 14 days of self-isolation.

All Whites international defender Payne admitted he and Sail broke the...