Glory in strife as A-League pay talks stall

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage Source: Getty Images

As his club faces a huge reduction to revenues, Perth Glory owner Tony Sage admits he may have to stand down players and staff at the A-League club if a pay dispute can't be resolved.

Sage issued an open letter to Glory members on Sunday criticising Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) for rejecting a 30 per pay cut for the 2020-21 campaign.

A-League clubs and the players' union have been in talks to broker a new collective bargaining agreement for a competition that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With uncertainty over gate figures and the future of a broadcast deal, Sage said the reality was players had to accept revenues were down across the competition and clubs needed to cut costs.

"The clubs are the only group prepared to put money into the game at the moment," Sage's statement said.

"In Perth Glory's case, our revenue from the broadcast rights has dropped by almost 50 per cent and in light of the unprecedented worldwide pandemic, our gate receipts remain uncertain because of WA's hard borders.

"These border restrictions will be another huge hit to our revenue of about 30 per cent.

"So in total, Glory's total revenue may drop by up to 75 per cent for the upcoming season."

AAP has sought comment from the PFA and FFA.

Source AAP