Palmer's A-League comments wrong: Paartalu

February 19, 2012
By Wayne Heming

Championship-winning Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu says wealthy Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer's explosive views on soccer disrespected the sport and were wrong.

The United club was in turmoil on Monday after foundation coach Miron Bleiberg walked out claiming Palmer's decision to suspend him late last week had stripped him of his dignity.

The FFA is investigating Palmer's subsequent outburst, including reports he called soccer a "hopeless" sport.

"It's a credit to Miron for walking away and keeping his dignity," said 25-year-old Paartalu, whose last-gasp goal allowed Brisbane to snatch a dramatic victory over Central Coast in last season's unforgettable A-League final.

"I don't think anyone could stick around in those conditions to be honest."

Paartalu, who has played his way into Socceroos contention, said Palmer was entitled to his own views and his own opinions on the game.

"He hasn't become a successful businessman by being a mug," Paartalu said.

"But when you disrespect the game of football, you're going to get a lot of criticism and it was pretty wrong what he said."

It's understood United changed training venues on the Gold Coast on Monday morning to avoid the heat generated by Palmer's spray.