Football Federation Australia has attacked soccer’s international governing body FIFA after the 2014 World Cup draw.
Australia has been drawn in Group B, along with 2010 World Cup champion Spain, 2010 runner-up The Netherlands and leading South American football nation Chile.
“There will be millions of people that will be disgusted that four of the world’s leading football powers are in the same group,” said FFA Chief Executive, David Gallop.
“It might be good marketing in FIFA’s eyes but to have the winners of the most recent rugby league and soccer World Cups in the same group is simply outrageous.”
Mr Gallop likened the draw to having two champions like Roger Federer and Makybe Diva meeting in the first round of Wimbledon.
Many believe the draw is payback for Australia after it complained about FIFA awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that Australian diplomats are already in negotiations with FIFA to have the World Cup draw reviewed. If a diplomatic solution cannot be reached, Australian military action against FIFA remains a possibility.
In the meantime, as a mark of protest, the FFA has announced that all of Australia’s best footballers – including household names such as Johnathan Thurston, Israel Folau, Quade Cooper, Chris Judd and Gary Ablett – would boycott next year’s tournament.
Australia will instead send a group of soccer journeymen, most of whom do not even play regular first team football at international club level.
“We plan to let in at least six goals every game,” said Mr Gallop. “That will stick it up FIFA and show those corrupt monsters how little their pissy tournament means to a country like Australia.”
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