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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 SPORT Nick Kyrgios apologises Tennis player booed on and off court in Montreal Australian Nick Kyrgios has been booed off the court following his Montreal Masters loss to John Isner, after being fined for his crude on-court comment about Swiss opponent Stan Wawrinka's girlfriend in his previous match. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) sanctioned the Australian with a $US10,000 ($13,580) fine after he apologised for his outburst on social media prior to Friday's match, and a hostile crowd booed his entry and prompt exit from the court as he lost to Isner 7-5, 6-3. "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match last night (Wednesday) vs Stan," Kyrgios tweeted before facing Isner. He also posted on Facebook, adding: "My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels." "In addition to the private apology I've made, I would like to make a public apology as well. I take full responsibility for my actions and regret what happened." Wawrinka had withdrawn from Wednesday's Rogers Cup match against Kyrgios while down 0-4 in the third set, but not before Kyrgios' on-court claim that Thanasi Kokkinakis slept with Wawrinka's girlfriend. While walking to his seat having lost the first-set tiebreak, Kyrgios was heard saying: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, sorry to tell you that mate." The ATP said on Thursday it had taken the action against 20-year-old Kyrgios for the comment during the Wawrinka match, which was picked up by a courtside microphone. Nick's older brother, Christos Kyrgios, said on radio there was already bad blood between his brother and Wawrinka, dating back to the pre-Wimbledon Queen's Club tournament. "Stan openly said after their match at Queen's that Nick was faking injury and that he wasn't even sick," he told Triple M. The woman in question is believed to be 19-year-old Croatian player Donna Vekic, who Wawrinka was rumoured to be dating after separating from wife Ilham Vuilloud. Kokkinakis had also been linked with Vekic after the pair played mixed doubles together at the 2014 Australian Open. Page 28 Wallabies coach defends Greeks among criticism Page 29 Olympiakos favourites for another title 9 771321 167062 FFA and players’ union at loggerheads Pay dispute could lead to A-League player strike Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) group are in a dispute over player payments, amid comments that have shocked FFA boss David Gallop. Gallop responded on PHOTO: PAUL CHIASSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP. Wednesday to PFA chief Adam Vivian's comments FFA was withdrawing recognition of the player union body. "FFA is shocked by the inaccuracies in the PFA's media comments of yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday)," Gallop said. "FFA continues to be committed to ensuring an appropriate MoU (memorandum of understanding) is agreed between FFA and the PFA, as part of a CBA (collective bargaining agreement), and any assertion that FFA intended to move forward without a CBA or MoU is wrong." "FFA will continue to recognise the PFA and the role it plays and was preparing for an agreed face-to-face meeting with the PFA regarding the CBA this morning (Wednesday), which was cancelled by the PFA after the scheduled start time." The football governing body and the players' union are in disagreement over a number of issues including a proposed salary cap freeze. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop. The PFA said it was caught unawares after FFA announced changes to the salary cap and the player roster framework, a claim Gallop has dismissed - strike action has not been ruled out. The changes to the A-League salary cap and player payments were detailed by FFA as follows: - a loyalty player payment of up to $200,000 outside the existing salary cap for players who have played between five and 10 years at a club - a mature age rookie al- lowance - over the age of 21, who hasn't played in a Terry Antonis on verge of Greek move Reports suggest the young Sydney FC midfielder will join PAOK Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis is set to join Greek giant PAOK on a $500,000 fee, but will reportedly be offset to fellow Super League club Veria on loan. It is believed that PAOK has cited a buyout clause in the young Socceroos' contract, bringing Sydney FC to the table to discuss a deal. Accordingly to reports, Antonis will sign a three-year deal with the Greek club, and has been reassured by PAOK's sporting director Frank Arnesan of the club's belief in him, despite the loan-out rumours. Antonis was on the verge of achieving his European football dream two years ago when he almost signed for Italian side Parma, but the club made a last minute backflip after he suffered a quadricep injury. He holds a Greek passport. professional league for 18 months (or greater), who last played in Australia - can be paid outside the salary cap - the existing two marquee player contracts which fall outside of the salary cap are no longer restricted to one Australian and one foreigner. Now clubs can list two Australian or two foreigner players or one of each as their marquees - salary cap banking will allow clubs to roll over any monies not spent within the salary cap over two seasons into the subsequent season PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DANIEL MUNOZ. (allowing up to 105 per cent of the salary cap in that subsequent season) - the minimum amount payable within the salary cap will increase from 85 per cent to 90 per cent. - guest players are now permitted a 14 week spell - previously it was 10. - the minimum salary of players over 21 years old has increased from $51,000 to $55,000. The salary cap remains at $2.55 million and the increase to the minimum spend by clubs has risen to $2.29 million.
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