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We’ll live with umpire’s decision: WAFC

The WA Football Commission has changed it’s tuned since the State Government announced Stadium Australia as the operators of the new Perth Stadium yesterday.

The WAFC released a statement attributed to Chairman Murray McHenry: 

‘We are deeply disappointed about this decision and believe that football and its major international partners have the experience, skills and imagination to operate Perth Stadium on behalf of all West Australians.’

‘We are now deeply concerned about the future financial model for WA football because stadium operations have been critical to the development and success of the game.’

‘At all times during the development of Perth Stadium the State Government has reassured football that the sport will be no worse off as a result of the new venue. We now need the Government to show how this will be the case in order to safeguard the future of our game.’

‘We need the State Government to progress discussions on how to preserve football’s financial future as the sport now has no certainty for its future.’

‘We will immediately start re-assessing how to sustain the ongoing growth and development of football and its various operations like Auskick, Community Football, WAFL, Female Football, indigenous and multicultural programs.’

‘This decision also presents us with a range of concerns about the potential user agreements for our two AFL clubs at Perth Stadium and whether they will generate sufficient returns to sustain football in Western Australia.’

But today, Mr McHenry told Gary Adshead on the 6PR Morning Program, that Commission would live with the umpire’s decision.