Goalkeeper Liam Reddy's future at Sydney FC looks increasingly perilous after the club on Thursday upgraded his charge over being drunk on a team flight.
Reddy admitted he was intoxicated on a flight to New Zealand for the A-League club's sudden-death final against Wellington last week before the club charged him with breaking the FFA's player code of conduct.
However, after more details of the incident later came to Sydney officials' attention, they have opted to discontinue those proceedings and charge Reddy with breaching his standard player contract.
The more-serious breach means Reddy could face a stiffer penalty or be sacked by the club, whereas Sydney could only fine the shotstopper half a week's wages or ban him for a further game for breaching the code of conduct.
Reddy will front Sydney officials on Tuesday to respond to the allegation of serious misconduct.
The 30-year-old and his representative on Monday met Sydney FC acting chief executive Stefan Kamasz and football director Gary Cole and was given the opportunity to explain his actions before, during and after the flight.
It has been reported Reddy consumed alcohol both before and on the flight and vomited on the plane and on the team bus to the hotel in Wellington.
Reddy was sent home by Sydney officials before the clash against the Phoenix, which Sydney lost 3-2 to end their season.
He spent much of the back end of the season on the bench, after being deposed by Ivan Necevski as Sydney's first-choice goalkeeper.
Even if Reddy is not sacked by the club, it is thought he may be allowed to shop around for a fifth club to play for, having previously represented Newcastle, Brisbane and Wellington, despite having a year left on his contract.