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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 29 SPORT Greek Essendon board candidate fights for members Nick Raptopoulos vows to bring greater transparency Hugh Dallas has stepped down from his post on Greece’s Central Refereeing Committee. PHOTO: SNS/BBC. Greek referee soap opera sees Dallas quit Greek referee Christoforos Zografos is still in hospital after being attacked The head of referees in Greece's Central Refereeing Committee (KED) has stepped down, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said this week, four days after matches were suspended indefinitely following an attack on a KED official. Hugh Dallas, a retired Scottish referee, was appointed head of the KED in the close season and was in charge of appointing referees for matches in Greece's top two divisions. He will stay on as head of training for those officials. His change in role comes after matches in Greece's professional soccer leagues were suspended indefinitely after Christoforos Zografos, assistant director of the KED, was admitted to hospital following a violent attack. "KED has accepted the request of Mr Hugh Dallas to no longer be responsible for the appointments of refereeing officials for Super League and Football League matches," said the EPO in a brief media statement. "Mr Dallas will continue to be responsible for the education and training of referees in both professional categories. Both KED and EPO will hold an assembly to decide on to whom the responsibilities (of appointing referees) will be allocated." Dallas was given the job after continued pleas from Greek clubs for a foreign official to take on the administrative role following several match-fixing scandals in recent seasons. The head of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgos Sarris, and Olympiakos chairman Vangelis Marinakis both gave depositions this week as part of the investigation into the attack. Sarris and Marinakis were called by sports prosecutor Constantinos Simitzoglou after reports that the Olympiakos chief alleged AEK chairman Dimitris Melissanidis had attempted to influence the victim, Christoforos Zografos, before the attack. Mr Zografos, who is still in hospital after being struck repeatedly by his assailants, is also the vice president of EPO's central refereeing committee. Marinakis and Sarris did not answer any journalists' questions after giving their depositions. Simitzoglu has postponed calling Melissanidis so he can study the information he has gathered so far. Source: Reuters, Kathimerini platform if elected JOHN PYRROS After a tumultuous two years in which his club was embroiled in controversy, Greek Australian Nick Raptopoulos has put his hand up for a board position at the Essendon Football Club. The 43-year-old national business manager at Willow Ware Australia has been involved in middle and senior management at a number of Australian manufacturers, responsible for fundraising, sponsorship, and team management. Raptopoulos said after 35 years as a club member he feels disenchanted by the lack of communication between the club and members, and aims to rectify that at board level. "I really want to convey and have a vehicle for the members to convey their thoughts. I haven't had that avenue since I've been a member and I've been a member since I was eight or nine years old," he said to Neos Kosmos. "My concern has been for some time now that the board ... I don't know how to get through to the board. I don't think they're very reflective of the views of the greater Essendon supporter base, which is what pushed me to make a move and have a crack." The club's heavily publicised controversial supplements program has caused frustration, but fair-weather supporting is not in his nature. "This is when you need people, this is where you need people to stand up. There could be people that drop off because they're not happy with reasons A, B or C, but really, if you've got something to add, this is when you do it, when your back's down. It's a marriage, right? "This is a tough time for us, it's very easy to be there patting ourselves on the back when we're winning flags and playing in finals but this is what shows us our true mettle," he said. He believes poor internal decisions have hindered the club over the past decade, which have also spurred him to put his hand up. "I wouldn't have gotten rid of Kevin Sheedy just for change sake and I wouldn't have appointed an untried Matthew Knights who wasn't being chased by anyone." "Now everything that's happened with James Hird, I'm not anti-James Hird, but I didn't think that we needed Nick Raptopoulos with his son Jon watching their beloved Bombers at Metricon Stadium. to extend his contract when we did. "It just became messy, so it's been a lot of things like that. It sort of seems like we keep leading ourselves down a certain path, whether it's just putting us in a corner or just poor decisions." He will rely on his skills Luke Beveridge appointed Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge, who was chosen to play on the AFL Greek Team of the Century, has been appointed as the Western Bulldog's coach. With a grandfather heralding from Samos, Beveridge is one of the first coaches with Greek ancestry to be appointed to an AFL club as head coach. He is replacing Brendan McCartney, who was contracted until the end of the 2016 season, but was sacked last month following captain Ryan Griffen's decision to walk out on the club. Earlier this year, Beveridge was appointed St Kilda's director of coaching, after having previously served as an assis- tant at Hawthorn. "There's a sense of nostalgia," Beveridge said on his return to Footscray, where he played 31 games between 1993 and 1995. "The group is a good blend of youth and experience. The club's always had a real homey feel to it and I've been reassured that still exists." as a "good communicator" to win over eligible voters within the club's 60,000 strong membership pool. Voting opens November 24 and closes December 8, and all eligible voters who are of age and financial members from June 30, 2014, are implored to vote. New Western Bulldogs AFL coach Luke Beveridge played in the AFL Greek Team of the Century. PHOTO: AAP/JULIAN SMITH.
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