A-League Side Perth Glory In Talks To Bring Match To Singapore Or Kuala Lumpur
Perth Glory could take an A-League game to either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur next season after Owner Tony Sage claimed he "received the green light from Football Federation Australia to do so," according to the AAP. If it happens, it would be the "first time an A-League match has been staged outside Australia and New Zealand." Sage said, "That's just one home game that we'll give up and play, either in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. It hasn't been finalized yet but that's the wish and I've got the tick of approval from FFA." Sage reiterated his support for A-League expansion into southeast Asia. The idea has been "raised numerous times," with FFA "knocking back a plan" presented by English player agent Jon Smith in '14. Sage said that he had conducted "informal conversations" with the FA of Malaysia. He said, "Everyone laughs at me but I think we've got to have a team in Singapore, Jakarta, Malaysia. That's 300 million more eyeballs onto the game. The television numbers will be huge. ... What's the use of having another one in Sydney or Melbourne?" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 1/12).