Jason Brewer has resigned from his role as chief executive of Perth Glory after the Football Federation of Australia banned the club from playing in the A-League finals for breaching its salary cap.
Mr Brewer's retirement came ahead of the FFA announcing its findings from the club’s five-and-a-half hour appeal hearing yesterday.
Mr Brewer said he took full responsibility for the series of events which resulted in the club facing sanctions by the FFA.
“Like every A-League club, we manage (the salary cap) throughout the season and it must be made clear that this club has made each and every payment through its own records,” Mr Brewer said.
“There have been no so-called ‘secret’ or ‘third party’ payments made on behalf of the club. As I said, as CEO of the club, the ultimate responsibility rests with me and for this reason I must take full and total responsibility.
“It is therefore, in the best interests of the club, I announce that from today I am resigning as CEO of Perth Glory with immediate effect and before the outcome of the appeal process is reached.”
Mr Brewer apologised to the club’s staff, sponsors, members, fans and players.
“This Sunday marks the last home game of the season for Perth Glory. I would like to urge all the members and fans to flock to nib Stadium and give the boys and Kenny Lowe the send off they all deserve,” he said.
In a statement, Perth Glory said it would be steered by senior management until a new CEO is appointed.