Liverpool legend to sue North Queensland Fury

The Australian A-League side ended the contracts of six players in March, including Fowler’s deal, due to financial problems.

“The way the players were treated was disgraceful,” said the 35-year-old.

“The players feel strongly that all contracts must be protected whenever an A-League club is restructured.

“Players make career and lifestyle-changing decisions in reliance on the contracts they have signed.

“Obviously, the game’s extensive efforts to attract the highest calibre of players into the competition are only as strong as the security of the contracts they sign.

“This case is not about the compensation, it is about ensuring contract security for all players in the A-League and more specifically for the players who have suffered from the way in which the FFA handled the player contracts.”