Renegade owner launches new Aus football body


SYDNEY (AP) -- Mining magnate Clive Palmer has stepped up his fight with Australian football authorities by creating a new organization with the aim of replacing the sport's current national governing body.

Football Federation Australia this week terminated the license for Palmer's A-League team Gold Coast United after he had made comments heavily critical of the FFA, the national league and even the sport itself.

Palmer's new organization, Football Australia, is headed by former A-League chief Archie Fraser, and Palmer said Thursday it will act as a watchdog and forum for ideas in the sport.

He issued a statement saying the organization's aim was to replace the FFA.