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Sports Minister confirms A-League funding talks to commence after expansion decision

Newly-appointed Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula MP confirmed talks around A-League expansion funding are set to commence shortly.

Football Federation Australia is set to ratify the next two teams to enter the A-League on December 12, with a third Victorian team set to granted a license.

South-East Melbourne, dubbed ‘Team 11’ or Western Melbourne are favourites to be admitted in the league from 2019 but Pakula confirmed talks over possible stadium funding would only begin once a decision had been made.

“It is for the FFA to decide which, if any expansion bids they go with,” he told Melbourne Breakfast.

“If they go with ‘Team 11’, the government will have a conversation with the FFA and that consortium about what their needs are

“We’ll also have conversations with other bids (if they’re granted a license) but we aren’t going to be making the FFA’s choice for them by announcing stadium deals or anything of that nature.

“I’ve spoken with the FFA’s David Gallop and Chris Nikou as recently as yesterday, along with the treasuer and we’ve made it really clear to them that they’ve got to make the call first.”

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