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Lowy soccer bid stalled

By Guy Hand 16/06/2003 07:17:20 PM Comments (0)

Frank Lowy's protracted battle to become Soccer Australia's chairman will drag on for at least another month, with a meeting to install him unlikely to be scheduled before July 19.

Legal technicalities forced cancellation of two scheduled meetings - the latest last Saturday - at which the billionaire businessman could have been voted into power.

Acting Soccer Australia chairman Les Avory and Soccer NSW boss Tom Doumanis said they had held talks to try to break the impasse.

Both said July 19 was shaping as a likely date for a stakeholders' meeting at which Lowy and the board he wants to take control of Soccer Australia could be voted to power.

"Les and I are in discussions with a view to reaching accommodation to allow a smooth transition of the Lowy team," said Doumanis, Lowy's most prominent supporter among soccer's stakeholders.

"We are in discussions, but there are a couple of people hellbent on stopping the process.

"If all things go according to the best intentions of Les and I, the Lowy team will be on the board within four weeks."

Avory and fellow Soccer Australia directors Dominic Galati and Paul Afkos are refusing to stand aside for Lowy, saying they don't believe stakeholders will get a fair voice on the board under the Westfield shopping centre magnate.

But there is an overwhelming groundswell of support among Australian soccer supporters for Lowy to take charge.

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