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FFA wants less complaining and more playing from Melbourne Victory

Football Federation Australia boss Ben Buckley would wish the Melbourne Victory would just play the games they are scheduled to an stop complaining.

The reigning A-League champions have a tough time of it recently, mixing their domestic finals with Asian Champions League matches but Buckley says they have to expect a tight schedule if they are going to be alive in all competitions.

''They should stop complaining about it and just play the games,'' Buckley said.

''The rules and regulations for the Asian Champions League are set well in advance, the timetable is drawn up by the Asian Football Confederation and everyone knows when the matches are.

''There are 46 leagues in the AFC and things have to be done to accommodate all those leagues and all the participating clubs. They can't make exceptions for one team.

''We already moved the first leg of the A-League major semi-final for Victory, allowing them to play Sydney on the Thursday night [February 18] so they could travel to China for their first ACL game.

''That gave them a four-day break after playing Sydney on the previous Sunday in the last game of the home and away season.

''We would have given them a five-day break but their home ground [Etihad Stadium] was not available on the Friday.

''Teams from other countries seem to be able to juggle their timetables. We know it is difficult and not ideal, but that is the situation.''

Andrew Slevison
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