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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 December 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017 27 SPORT Papadopoulos could face lengthy ban After recently enjoying the high of scoring a brace of goals for Brisbane Roar in their recent upset win over Melbourne City, Roar’s centre back Avram Papadopoulos has landed in hot water in the aftermath of a fiery encounter with Sydney FC striker Matt Simon. The former Olympiakos FC captain clashed with the prickly Simon in their Rd 8 A-League encounter last weekend and both received red cards when the referee decided Papadopoulos had spit at Simon and that Simon had reacted violently. Papadopoulos automatically receives a one-match ban due to the red card, which means he’ll miss the Round 9 match against Western Sydney Wanderers. But he could face a much longer ban pending the Valkanis and City part ways Michael Valkanis. PHOTO: MELBOURNE CITY FACEBOOK Melbourne City has parted ways with assistant coach Michael Valkanis after his almost year and a half at the club. The club announced the mutual termination on Monday effective immediately. The decision comes at a time when Melbourne City’s bright start to the season has faltered and there has been disquiet following star player Time Cahill’s reported dissatisfaction at not getting enough game time as he strives to maintain match fitness ahead of what would be his fourth World Cup, if selected, next year. The 43-year-old Valkanis joined City from Adelaide United in June 2016 as an assistant to then senior coach John Van’t Ship and was part of the coaching team that helped City win their first ever trophy; the 2016-17 FFA Cup trophy. Following Van’t Schip’s return to Holland to help look after his gravely ill father, Valkanis was appointed interim senior coach and then, later, head coach till the end of the season. The team made the finals without making a huge impact in the finals series and Valkanis was again made an assistant coach to the newly appointed Warren Joyce. Valkanis’s exit this week follows other recent departures from the coaching ranks at Melbourne City, including the two Joes: goalkeeper coach Joe Didulica, and former assistant coach Joe Montemurro who left at the start of the season before heading off to London after recently accepting the job as coach of Arsenal WFC. Meanwhile, in the immediate period following Valkanis’s departure, City’s WLeague and Youth Team coach Patrick Kisnorbo will step into the role of assistant coach until a permanent replacement is appointed. It has been reported that Valkanis is keen to pursue another coaching role elsewhere in the A-League. outcome of an independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee hearing which was scheduled for yesterday afternoon. An independent Match Review Panel which met at a hearing earlier this week referred the incident involving Papadopoulos to the committee hearing, where it will be decided what sanction should apply over and above the mandatory onematch suspension. According to the A-League’s disciplinary regulations, a ban of six matches is the minimum sanction for spitting at another player. A precedent occurred in 2008, when the A-League dished out a six-match ban to Melbourne Victory’s Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano for spitting at Adelaide’s United Robert Cornthwaite. Brisbane Roar defender Avram Papadopoulos is facing an extended ban for spitting at Sydney FC’s Matt Simon. Victoria, NSW and A-League clubs block FFA’s congress proposal The two biggest member football federations, NSW and Victoria, together with the A-League clubs have voted together to blockade the FFA's preferred expanded congress model at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday. With the remainder of the seven-member federation voting in favour of the FFA's preferred congress model, the vote failed to reach the critical 75 per cent required to pass the resolution and so the matter will be referred to FIFA's advisory committee due to meet on 4 December. Afterwards, a defiant FFA chairman Steven Lowy came out fighting, saying "Today's vote was all about money and control” and a "fight about who runs the game in Australia; private club owners or an independent board." Lowy accused those who voted against FFA's preferred congress model as voting against progress and wanting to take the game back to the "bad old days." In contrast to those factions, Lowy claimed he and his board are fighting for the independence of the game in Australia. Lowy said, "My resolve has never been stronger than it is today to fight for the independence of the game in Australia. The fact FFA CEO David Gallop (L) with FFA chairman Steven Lowy after the Extraordinary General Meeting. PHOTO: FOX SPORTS that the A-League club owners together with a few of the bigger states have voted against it doesn't deter our board one bit. Our job is to act as the independent custodians of the game…. the game is in a fantastic position and it's only because it's run by an independent board… our aim is to expand the congress in a way that doesn't jeopardise the independence of the board." Lowy claims that the three who voted against the FFA's proposal, "are basically voting against clear and unequivocal independence of the running of the game." Whilst Lowy claims that the FFA is fighting very hard for an independent board, critics of the FFA's stance have accused him of fighting to maintain the chairmanship and current board, and the Lowy family's grip on power. The failure to resolve the issue means after the members’ advisory committee meeting on 4 December it could be referred to a bureau of FIFA council decisionmaking committee. One of the options FIFA may consider is to introduce a normalisation committee to replace the FFA board in the running of the game in the interim. According to Lowy, this has been the objective of the ALeague clubs all along. Adelaide United chairman and spokesperson for the ALeague clubs Greg Griffin has been a staunch critic of Lowy and the FFA board. He says, "It's obvious that Steven Lowy has lost the locker room. "The professional game voted against it, the two major states voted against it. I think it has to go to FIFA. It's regrettable, but that's what it is. "I would've thought, once you lose the locker room in sport, it's very difficult to get it back." And so the Australian public awaits the next chapter of this power struggle at the top of Australian football, with questions being asked whether the protracted battle is having a detrimental effect on the development of the game.
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