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FFA urging Brisbane Roar to sell to Dutch club

Football Federation Australia chief Ben Buckley is urging A-League club Brisbane Roar to sell their majority share to Dutch outfit FC Utrecht.

Utrecht have shown considerable interest in becoming more involved with the Roar, following the Australian club's sale of three players to the Dutchmen, but discussions are moving along at snail's pace.

Buckley insists that an agreement would benefit both Brisbane and Utrecht and has urged the Roar to move negotiations along.

"We think it's a good opportunity for Brisbane and the discussions have been constructive to date," Buckley said yesterday.

"The agreement has to work for all parties and I think the people are working well together to look at the opportunity."

Buckley said it was vital for a club like the Roar to be free from FFA funding and become the power he knows they can be.

"It's important that they're stand alone, they're independent, they have a vision and a plan in place," he added.

"They've worked very hard in the last six to 12 months to turn things around on the field and they're doing a lot of things really well off the field now.

"I really urge the supporters who were coming out in the first two to three years to get back behind the team."

Andrew Slevison
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