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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 31 SPORT Markarian mulls over lost points While satisfied at Greece’s 0-0 draw in Hungary, coach Sergio Markarian admits there was room for improvement Greece was left with only one point from their 2016 Euro qualifying match last week against Hungary and as a consequence sees them at bottom qualifying Group F. Fans might be worried, but coach Sergio Markarian is satisfied. "We were close to winning the game, so maybe we lost two crucial points," Markarian said after the match. "We dominated most of the second half but could not score. All in all, I am satisfied with my team's effort." Only in the job for a month after predecessor Claudio Ranieri was sacked in November, Markarian made five changes to the team that suffered a humiliating 1-0 home loss to the Faroe Islands. Salary cap issue depens Perth Glory has been issued with a second show cause notice over salary cap breaches Perth Glory's finals hopes could be in doubt as the club gets served a second show cause notice over salary cap breaches. Points could be docked and huge fines brought on the club as the Football Federation Australia (FFA) pursues the investigation. Adam Szalai (R) of Hungary vies for the ball with Sokratis Papastathopoulos. PHOTO: AP/MTI, SZILARD KOSZTICSAK. Markarian opted for a 4-3-2- 1 formation that worked better for the team, especially in the back. Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis had his work cut out for him and saved the team from defeat with just three minutes to go. While no injuries were recorded in the match, an unfortunate turn of events on the journey home saw three players sustain minor injuries after being involved in a car crash. Vangelis Moras, Panayiotis Tachtsidis, and Yiannis Fetfatzidis were involved in the crash that saw one person killed, and were taken to hospital for observation. All three footballers play in Italy - Moras, 33, and Tachtsidis, 24, for Hellas Verona and Fetfatzidis, 24, for Chievo. Greece's next game is in June against the Faroe Islands. A-League expansion not on cards Teams from Hong Kong, Singapore or other South East Asian cities could be useful for the League. FFA’s CEO doesn’t agree The consultants behind Central Coast Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth's plans for A-League expansion into Asia have urged Football Federation Australia (FFA) to have another look at their proposals. Jon Smith, who runs player agency and consultancy First Artist, says A-League teams in Hong Kong, Singapore or other Southeast Asian cities could work and would get an official tick. But it is unlikely to make FFA chief executive David Gallop change his mind on the issue, having declared it FFA CEO David Gallop thinks an Asian expansion will increase competition with the Asian Champions league. PHOTO: AAP/DEAN LEWINS. dead in the water. Smith says meetings at the top table of world body FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have convinced him of the merits of international expansion. Gallop has cited shaky financial viability, competition with the Asian Champions League, television rights and logistical challenges amongst his objections. But Smith called Gallop's comments "somewhat disparaging" and urged Gallop to reconsider. "Without exception, every party understood that the logistics could work," Smith said. "Financially we're talking numbers way beyond the A-League's expanded expectation, which in turn would have given rise to a number of marquee players plying their trade in the region." Gallop said he allowed Charlesworth to explore the possibility but he was not interested. "It's true we didn't discourage it, but I wanted them to find out for themselves," Gallop said to Fairfax Media. "We allowed it to be explored to a logical decision point, and that was reached last week. "Fact is, at the current time we have no enthusiasm for this type of expansion." Not the best news for fans excited for the club’s best season yet. PHOTO: AAP/TONY MCDONOUGH. Greece clamps down on football violence Under new legislation to tackle football violence, Greece's government will have the right to impose fines ranging from 10,000 to 25 million euros, order the postponement or abandoning of sporting events and even to prohibit teams from playing in European competition. The tough new measures also includes the possibility of fines to be imposed on media for showing or inciting violence and prison for individuals from unrecognised supporters clubs for issuing tickets. Sports minister Stavros Kontonis says he's hopeful the new measures will change the sport and keep fans safe. "I hope everyone can understand the determination of the government to combat the sickness in Greek sports. We seek the cooperation of all statutory bodies and are confident that we will succeed in our common goal," Kontonis said. AEK DOCKED POINTS FOR VIOLENCE Greek second-division side AEK Athens was de- ducted three points by the Greek Football Federation for a pitch invasion by its fans earlier this month. The disciplinary committee of the federation also ordered AEK to play two matches behind closed doors and fined the club 17,000 euros. The action was taken after the pitch invasion during the Greek Cup quarterfinal match between AEK and Olympiakos at the Athens Olympic Stadium with one minute remaining in the game. Source: AFP The latest accusations cover three seasons, beginning in 2012/13 and extending to the present campaign. "The value of the undisclosed payments and benefits involved in the alleged breaches would place Perth Glory significantly in excess of the allowable salary cap of $2.55 million," the FFA said in a statement. "The failure to disclose breaches involve payments outside of the standard player contract, payments to a play- er's family member, payments of player agents' fees, payment of a third party sponsorship, pre-payment to a player, payment of travel costs, accommodation allowances and provision of motor vehicles." The Glory has been given a week to respond to the claims. The Glory were previously accused of failing to disclose payments but the FFA ruled the club hadn't breached any salary caps. A Fairfax Media investigation revealed the club failed to declare up to $50,602 in player agent fees in the 2012-13 season, which is required by the salary cap.
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