Sydney FC sacks chief executive

Australian football’s best supported club Sydney FC has fired

chief executive Dirk Melton after complaints about his behavior

toward staff.

The A-League club said in a statement Monday that Melton’s

contract had been terminated immediately after a unanimous decision

by the board. It said the decision followed ”a number of formal

complaints of a serious nature by employees.”

The complaints had been investigated and ”revealed behavior in

Mr. Melton’s management of staff which was completely

unacceptable,” the statement said.

The club said Stefan Kamasz will take over as acting chief

executive officer.

Melton later denied any wrongdoing and said he would consider

legal action.

”I will not be commenting on the circumstances that have

purportedly given rise to the board’s decision other than to deny

strenuously any allegations that have been made against me

suggesting that I have engaged in unacceptable management of staff

or any other form of inappropriate behaviour,” Melton said in a


”I believe my excellent relationships with the vast majority of

Sydney FC’s staff speak for themselves.”