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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 September 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Matildas used as bargaining chip: Gallop FFA faces turmoil as disputes over pay continue Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive David Gallop has accused Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) of using the Matildas as a bargaining chip in its ongoing pay dispute that has forced the cancellation of their tour to the United States. Gallop met PFA chief execu- tive Adam Vivian on Thursday in an attempt to salvage the Matildas’ two-game tour of the US, however talks again broke down due to what Gallop described as “preposterous” demands in the new collective bargaining agreement. “What happened today was quite extraordinary because, effectively, we’ve been told that unless we meet a wage claim for some $120 million - the bulk of which will go to male professional players in the next four-year period - then the Matildas would not be participating against the USA,” he said. While the PFA has been stringent in its whole-ofgame approach, Gallop said it was nonsense for the women’s tour against the world champions to become collateral damage in the stalled negotiations. “We all celebrated their (World Cup) success in Canada,” he said. “This was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - 60,000 tickets had been sold. For them to get caught up in wage claims for our male professional players, to me, is bizarre. Kyriakopoulou clinches top spot in Zurich GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Greek pole-vaulter Nicole Kyriakopoulou earned herself a ‘diamond’ by clinching the top spot in the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich [last] Thursday, just a few days after securing a bronze medal at the World Championships in Beijing. The 29-year-old jumper topped the event on the night, clearing 4.77 metres, and also finished top of the classification in the pole vault with 24 points, 10 points ahead of her closest rival. Kyriakopoulou was therefore awarded $40,000 as well as a diamond-shaped trophy. Another Greek, Kateriona Stefanidi was fifth on the night, clearing 4.57m. “They should be on that plane tomorrow.” The abandonment of the tour leaves the Matildas with just three games to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers in January. “And that’s a mini-world cup in itself,” Matildas coach Alan Stajcic said. “To lose two valuable games like that - I know there’s all the other issues around - but purely from a football sense, it’s a massive loss.” Gallop also rejected the suggestion there was a freeze on the A-League salary cap of $2.55 million. “There are new allowances that have been introduced into the system around long-serving players, around home-grown players and some provision for salary cap credits that will already see a $400,000 increase in payments next year,” he said. Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams warms up during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. PHOTO: EPA/CJ GUNTHER. Kyrgios dumped from Davis Cup squad Bernard Tomic to replace Kyrgios in semi-final showdown with Great Britain Nick Kyrgios' tumultuous few months on and off the tennis court have led to the 20-yearold being dumped from Australia's Davis Cup semi-final squad to face Great Britain next week. Australian captain Wally Masur announced that Kyrgios would be replaced by Australia's top ranked male player Bernard Tomic, who has also been dogged by controversy of late. "After some good healthy discussion with Nick and his team, we have agreed on a plan to help him develop all aspects of his game and ensure a long and successful fu- Australia team captain Wally Masur and Nick Kyrgios. ture in the sport," Masur said. "Next week's tie has come a bit too soon for him and he is not in that plan." Kyrgios' dumping has come after multiple run-ins with officials and his now infamous sledge on Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters, where he was heard saying "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, sorry PHOTO: AAP/SMP IMAGES. to tell you that mate". Australia is featuring in its first Davis Cup semi-final since 2006 and will have to face the likes of world number three Andy Murray in Glas- Greece wins silver at World Rowing Championships in France Silver medal- GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Katerina Nikolaidou and Sofia Asoumanaki earned Greece a silver medal in the World Rowing Championships as they finished second in the double sculls final in France on Sunday. Greece’s Nicole Kyriakopoulou celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the women’s pole vault final in Beijing in August. PHOTO: EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL. The Greek pair, that had finished first in one of the semi-finals on Saturday, had a great finish in the final as they rose from the fourth spot 500 metres from the finish line to second in the end. New Zealand finished first with Germany in third. Nikolaidou and Asoumanaki have also earned themselves a ticket to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as has the men's national team in the coxless four event. lists Katerina Nikolaidou and Sofia Asoumanaki of Greece (L) during their medal ceremony. PHOTO: EPA/ OLIVIER ANRIGO.
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