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Matildas unfazed by noise at home ahead of pre-World Cup test against Netherlands | Richard Parkin

Despite the latest in the Alen Stajcic saga, Australia’s focus remains firmly on preparations for France

Nestled away in a quiet, leafy street in the town of Mierlo, some 15km out of Eindhoven, for the Matildas the problems of Australian football are literally a world away. As Australia awoke on Friday to a stunning statement of contrition from FFA board vice-chair Heather Reid to former coach Alen Stajcic, a protracted and calamitous chapter in Australian football officially closed.

With both parties formally declining further comment, following a reported six-figure out-of-court settlement, the full story may never properly emerge as to how football’s governing body went from sacking its women’s national team head coach citing “workplace issues” around the team environment that had “deteriorated” to concluding the “inference” that Stajcic had engaged in any misconduct was “wrong”.

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