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Sacked Australia coach fights to clear name

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The sacked coach of the Australian women's football team has strongly contested his shock dismissal five months before the World Cup, BBC reports.

Football Federation Australia fired Alen Stajcic in January over claims of an "unsatisfactory" team environment.

In his first public comments, Stajcic said he remained "in the dark" over why he was dismissed.

The 45-year-old, who has publicly received support from players, said he was also considering legal action.

Under his five-year tenure, the Matildas reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and ranked as high as fourth in the world governing body Fifa's ranking.

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