Palmer's Football Australia officials in Newcastle

NATHAN Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group did not speak to Clive Palmer’s Football Australia officials who were in Newcastle conducting interviews today.

The FA open forum attracted Newcastle United players Taylor Regan and Jacob Pepper, who spoke with independent commissioner Gary Collis, but no officials.

Mr Collis has been engaged by Football Australia to provide an independent report into the state of the game in Australia.

A trip to Canberra today will complete a busy week for Mr Collis that started in Townsville and went to Brisbane and Newcastle seeking input from soccer enthusiasts.

‘‘Most people have been quite positive and passionate about the game itself,’’ Mr Collis said.

‘‘But when you hear things like betrayal, lack of trust, lack of respect and broken promises it is quite sad.’’

The bitterness was aimed at Football Federation Australia which is the game’s governing body in Australia and controls the A-League.

The meeting in Newcastle was planned well before Mr Tinkler’s decision to hand back the Jets’ A-League licence on Tuesday.

Jets defender Taylor Regan was a Dudley-Redhead junior who had two years to run on his A-League contract and Jacob Pepper rose from Edgeworth to the A-League last season.

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