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FFA Deputy Chair Heather Reid takes indefinite leave to undergo chemotherapy
Recently elected Football Federation Australia (FFA) Deputy Chair Heather Reid has taken indefinite leave from the board to undergo chemotherapy.
With Reid embroiled in the row over the sacking of Alen Stajcic as coach of the Matildas, the FFA has granted her indefinite absence of leave to undertake chemotherapy treatment.
Yesterday’s announcement came after almost two weeks of intense pressure on Reid and the rest of the FFA board and executives over the process behind Stajcic's dismissal.
Reid last week angrily rejected any accusation that she was directly responsible for the veteran coach being axed just five months out from the FIFA Women's World Cup.
FFA Chairman Chris Nikou announced "our thoughts are with Heather and her family and we wish her a full and speedy recovery.”
It has been reported that Reid will take no further part in the board's search for a new coach, with that decision expected to be made ahead of the Matildas next big tournament, the Cup of Nations, in late February.
Stajcic had his contract terminated after a confidential wellness audit and a gender equality culture survey highlighted what has been described as a toxic environment.
Numerous media reports have described Reid as one of a number of women who were campaigning to replace Stajcic with a female coach - a claim she has denied.
There had also been reports of a ‘lesbian mafia' in and around the Matildas who had sought to advance a specific agenda.
Two of the game's stakeholders - the Association of Australian Football Clubs and Football Supporters Australia - are calling for greater transparency over the sacking of the popular coach.
An accomplished football administrator for more than 40 years and Order of Australia recipient, Reid was the first woman to be appointed as the head of a state football federation when she became Capital Football Chief Executive in 2004.
18th December 2018 - Football Federation Australia launches pre World Cup women’s tournament
14th December 2018 - FFA approves A-League expansion bids from Western Melbourne and South-West Sydney
20th November 2018 - Chris Nikou elected as FFA’s new chairman
2nd October 2018 - New FFA constitution agreed in extraordinary general meeting vote
21st March 2016 - Capital Football names Phil Brown as new Chief Executive
29th August 2015 - More women on sports boards would reduce doping and match-fixing
3rd November 2014 - You Can Play Forum to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport
13th August 2014 - Agenda released for 2014 Asia Pacific World Sport and Women conference
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