Mystery as 10-year veteran is sacked by Brisbane Roar in bizarre 25-word press release that saw club slammed by players’ association – as defender launches legal action
- Veteran defender Corey Brown has been sacked by A-League club Brisbane Roar
- Team released terse 25-word statement on Thursday night confirming the news
- Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) will fight outcome on behalf of Brown
Brisbane Roar have sacked veteran defender Corey Brown – and are refusing to say what’s behind the shock decision.
The Roar released a bizarre 25-word statement on Thursday confirming the 28-year-old has departed the A-League club, effective immediately.
‘Brisbane Roar FC wishes to advise of the termination of the contract of defender Corey Brown,’ the statement read.
‘The club wishes him well for his future endeavours.’
The shock development has been slammed by Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), which believes Brown has been treated appallingly.
Brisbane Roar have sacked veteran defender Corey Brown (pictured right) – and are remaining tight-lipped about why he was cut
The Roar released a bizarre 25-word statement on Thursday confirming Brown, 28, has departed the A-League club, effective immediately
The PFA believes the statement from the Roar is ‘misleading and bizarre’, saying Brown’s contract still stands and he has started legal proceedings.
‘As the club is aware, Corey has initiated proceedings to dispute Brisbane Roar’s termination of his contract,’ PFA co-chief executive Beau Busch said in a statement.
‘As a consequence of this legal action, Corey’s contract remains on foot until a final determination is made. This is something the club, deliberately or otherwise, is failing to understand.
‘As the club continues to operate well below the expected standards of a professional football club, the PFA’s primary focus remains on protecting Corey’s well-being – something the club seems to have little regard for.’
Brown has made over 150 appearances across two stints with the Roar dating back to 2011.
The shock development has been slammed by the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), who believe Brown has been treated appallingly. The 28-year-old will fight the outcome via Football Australia’s national dispute resolution chamber
It remains unknown why Roar coach Warren Moon (pictured) didn’t see Brown in his plans for the upcoming A-League season
It is understood the matter is set to go before Football Australia’s national dispute resolution chamber.
The Roar and legal disputes with former players and coaches seem to go hand in hand.
Last year, the Roar were ordered to cough up an insurance payout of nearly $370,000 to former Socceroo Brett Holman after a court ruled a payment received following a career-ending knee injury should have gone to the player and not the club.
In 2020, FIFA’s dispute resolution chamber upheld Robbie Fowler’s claim he was wrongfully dismissed by the club as head coach in June 2020, leading to a reported six-figure payout in favour of the Liverpool great.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Brisbane Roar for comment.