Sydney FC, Culina part ways after bust-up

Last updated 19:55 11/02/2013
Jason Culina
JASON CULINA: The 32-year-old has had his contract with Sydney FC terminated.
Frank Farina
FRANK FARINA: The coach of the Sydney FC A-League team.

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Jason Culina is no longer a Sydney FC A-League player after his contract was terminated by mutual consent following Friday's training ground bust-up with coach Frank Farina.

The 32-year-old former Socceroo did not attend today's recovery session and agreed to part ways after a lengthy teleconference with the club this afternoon.

He was omitted from the squad that defeated Brisbane Roar 2-1 on Sunday as a result of his feud with Farina.

Culina joined the club in October and made his debut six weeks later to complete a near two-year absence due to a knee injury. He played eight games scored two goals for the Sky Blues before his sudden departure.

"Sydney FC has this afternoon agreed to mutually terminate the contract of Jason Culina," said Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata.

"We would like to wish Jason the best of luck with the rest of his football career."

Culina acknowledged the role the club played in rehabilitating him and vowed to continue playing.

"I would like to thank Sydney FC for assisting me with my rehabilitation and my return to football. I would like to thank the board, management, coaching staff, players and especially physiotherapist Stan Ivancic," he said.

"The circumstances surrounding my departure are unfortunate but I feel fit and strong and I am determined to continue my playing career in the future."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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