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NPL Capital Football demand FFA Centre of Excellence take down forfeit video

 Capital Football have forced the FFA Centre of Excellence to remove a video from their Facebook page posted in response to the governing body forfeiting their game against Canberra Olympic.

The two-minute video featured technical director Peter De Roo who slammed Capital Football for backflipping on an agreement to postpone the round-14 clash.

Capital Football approved a decision to postpone the game because FFA coaches Tony Vidmar and De Roo were in Thailand on international duties.

The second-placed COE had its slim minor premiership hopes shattered when Capital Football ended the title race by awarding Olympic three points and the premiership.

The academy, which will close its doors August 25, has never won the league and was keen to play the game given it is in its final season before FFA withdraw funding and the team exits the competition.

De Roo said the academy flagged the Olympic fixture more than two months before its scheduled kickoff and remains keen to play.


"We offered 13 alternative dates to have this game played but it was put in the too hard basket and delayed for a very long time and then there was the excuse of Olympic playing in the FFA Cup," De Roo said in the now deleted video.

"But then they got knocked out of the FFA Cup and there were still five or six weeks of competition left but apparently it's still impossible to reschedule this game.

"We could have played it during the week on any given week and we can still do that but now we're being told it's a forfeit."

The COE does not play finals as per its agreement with Capital Football, but finishing at the top of the ladder would be an ironic winning note given the FFA said it was not producing enough talent to justify its $1.6 million price tag.

De Roo said it's unfair his players are denied the chance to finish their time at the academy on a high and added it makes sense for Olympic to play.

"There's three parties in this - the Centre of Excellence, Olympic and Capital Football - but there's only one team really interested in playing this game and that's us," De Roo said.

"It's very hard on the players because they really wanted to play this game - who doesn't want to play the number one in the competition?

"Then when you turn it around from an Olympic perspective, they have to prepare for finals and what better way to do it against the second best footballing team in this competition?

"Rules are rules but to say we forfeit is a bridge too far."

Olympic have won their past three clashes against the COE and can clinch the premiership once and for all with a win or draw against Tuggeranong United on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Monaro Panthers earned their second point of the season after drawing with Woden Weston 2-2, Gungahlin thrashed the Riverina Rhinos 3-0 and Belconnen got home 1-0 against Cooma.


Woden Weston 2 drew Monaro Panthers 2

Gungahlin United 3 beat Riverina Rhinos 0

Belconnen United 1 beat Cooma 0