Australian soccer's chief has slammed Gold Coast United chairman Clive Palmer for making "offensive" comments about the A-League.
Palmer, Queensland's richest man, labelled his own club as insignificant and the A-League "a joke" in an interview with Brisbane's Sunday Mail.
"I don't even like the game, I think it's a hopeless game," Palmer told the newspaper.
Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley condemned Palmer's comments.
"The comments are offensive to the players, coaches, administrators and volunteers who are the life and soul of Australian football," Buckley said in a statement.
"We welcomed Clive into the game and lauded his investment.
"But no matter how frustrated Clive may feel about his involvement, these comments are out of order.
"I remind Clive that as a chairman and owner of a club, he has obligations to the competition, his fellow club chairman and investors in the other nine clubs, and to the game itself."