It appears Matildas forward Sam Kerr has been stopped from talking to the local media after the sacking of coach Alen Stajcic.
Warming up for a Perth Glory clinic on Saturday morning while FFA was holding a press conference in Sydney, Glory staff informed waiting media that Kerr would be available for comment.
However, Perth Now has reported that the Glory staff later backtracked and said the FFA had dictated the 25-year-old would not speak.
Kerr has been able to speak to former US national team member Aly Wagner.
.@alywagner breaks some news on the #FRAUSA TV broadcast: she spoke to Sam Kerr about Alen Stajcic’s sacking.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) January 19, 2019
Wagner says Kerr was (these are Wagner’s words) “extremely disappointed” by the move, and “players are a little in the dark as to what’s going on.”
The two-time Olympic gold medalist said Kerr was “extremely disappointed” by the move, and “players are a little in the dark as to what’s going on.”
The news comes after more Matildas took to Twitter on Sunday to express their thoughts on the situation.
Disappointing news yesterday losing our head coach, especially so close to a major tournament. I want to take the time to thank Staj not only for the work he has put into the Matilda’s but also the women’s game on a larger scale. https://t.co/WsqiBJCtNE— Emily Gielnik (@EGielnik) January 19, 2019
What he’s done for the Matildas and football in Aus is incredible https://t.co/s82m1DVRAR— Clare Polkinghorne (@clarepolks89) January 19, 2019
Today our world turned upside down. Although we aren’t privy to the finer details of Staj’s dismissal, I respect him as a coach and what he has done for the group thus far. It’s a difficult time for everyone involved and I’m hoping for a quick resolution 🙏— Elise Kellond-Knight (@elise_kk8) January 19, 2019
His dedication to our team was remarkable. So much respect for Staj. We reached new heights under him and I am truly saddened. Hoping for a quick resolution as you say, KK. https://t.co/9PxLigEugJ— Alanna Kennedy (@AlannaKennedy) January 19, 2019
Players are set to gather on Monday for a two-day leadership and culture workshop involving PFA and experts from the Australian Institute of Sport and Melbourne Business School.