Perth Glory owner Tony Sage is rumoured to be under investigation after allegedly ‘unusual’ player payments were detected coming from his Fox Sports Fantasy A-League account.

A website administrator told FMF they first became suspicious when they realized Sage’s starting lineup included Thomas Broich, Besart Berisha, Mark Milligan, Terry Antonis, Marc Janko, Roly Bonevacia, Michael Thwaite (captain), Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Marcello Carrusca, with Fahid Ben Khalfallah on the bench.

“Initial investigations indicates there could be as much as $500,000 worth of unsanctioned payments allocated to this account. Metadata analysis indicates the user was logging in from the Perth Fashion Festival, a known trouble spot, around the time the rogue transactions took place.”

At a press conference held last night, Sage said he had left Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer in charge of the team because, like most fantasy sport players, he ‘had forgotten about the whole thing by Round 3’. “My good friend Jason took over after a few weeks, and he was taking care of the team for me. I left all the tactics, who was on my bench, who was my captain every week, to Jason,” Sage said.

Preliminary investigations show a flurry of rapid transfers over the 12 hours leading up to the press conference, with midfielder and benchwarmer Mitch Nichols released from the squad, although Sage claimed the release was due to disciplinary reasons. “Mitch was simply not picking up enough points for me. When I confronted him about it by yelling manically at my laptop, he offered no response. I have no room in my team for players with poor attitudes.”

Sage is expected to be stripped of all points earned this season, thus making him ineligible for the grand prize of $10,000 for first place, an outcome Sage said would be ‘gutting’.