FFA to get answers from Gold Coast owner Palmer

Football Federation Australia are seeking answers from Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer in regards to crowd capping.

Football Federation Australia are seeking answers from Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer in regards to crowd capping.

The billionaire mining magnate has decided to cap this weekend’s home game against the North Queensland Fury to 5000 fans as it saves the club about $100,000 in stadium hire charges if the attendance levels do not go over that figure.

But the FFA and A-League want answers as to why Palmer is going against what he promised at the start of the season.

''We don't want to get into a legal battle with him, but we have written to them seeking clarification on why they have deviated from the ticketing and marketing arrangements submitted at the start of the year,'' A-League boss Archie Fraser said.

''We have not been able to get in touch with Clive Palmer because he has been away and is not due back until today.

''I am going up to Brisbane tonight and want to meet with him, either tomorrow or before the game on Saturday.''

It has not yet come to the surface whether or not Palmer’s actions are breaching the club’s licensing agreements but it certainly has put a strain on his relationship with the FFA and of course Gold Coast United fans.