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By ESPN Staff

Palmer sets up national soccer inquiry

Clive Palmer's Football Australia is to hold its own national public commission of inquiry into improving the administration and development of soccer.

Football Australia chief executive Archie Fraser said the maverick body will hold hearings throughout Australia starting next month.

Palmer set up Football Australia earlier this month after Football Federation Australia revoked his licence to own struggling A-League club Gold Coast United.

Fraser said the commission has been established because Football Australia had received support from around the country in its self-proclaimed role to be an "ethics watchdog" for soccer.

"The feedback we have received reflects the disenchantment within grassroots football people about how the game has been managed by the Football Federation Australia," Fraser said in a statement.

"We have pledged to ensure the game is operated with transparency, fairness and good corporate governance, and this public commission of inquiry is part of that process."

Former Football Federation South Australia president Gary Collis will head the inquiry, while former A-League player Steve Fitzsimmons has been appointed secretary to the commission.

Hearings will start in Brisbane on April 10.

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