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Gold Coast and FFA set for court showdown

Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer has signalled his intention to take Football Federation Australia (FFA) to court after the club was stripped of its A-League licence on Wednesday, reports Sport Business. FFA chairman Frank Lowy announced the decision after weeks of disputes with Palmer and the club, stating that United's licence had been terminated due to serious breaches of the club participation agreement.

Billionaire mining magnate Palmer has been leading the charge to overhaul the governance of football in Australia and has now stated: "Gold Coast United has been denied natural justice and we are prepared to go to the highest court in the country to challenge this ludicrous decision. We have no intention of deserting our players and supporters."

He said that although Lowy is an "institution" in the Australian game, "the sport should not be run by dictators like him".

Palmer has called for a federal government investigation into the running of the game, adding: "The FFA is heavily subsidised by government yet its executives are some of the highest-paid people in Australian sport. The government should be asking serious questions about the operations of the FFA."

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