Anything but regular; Aussie football takes stock

JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer Published:

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Bickering billionaires and the collapse of another club have cast a long shadow over football in Australia.

Officially, the 2011-12 regular season is finished and the A-League moves into the playoff stage this weekend. But it hasn't been a regular season at all.

Gold Coast United played the last four games under the administration of Football Federation Australia after billionaire owner Clive Palmer was stripped of his A-League license following a vocal campaign against organizers of the league.

It effectively left the domestic competition with nine teams, a long way from the anticipated 14 by this stage, and some disgruntled owners.