“The sanction to James Hird is 12 months’ suspension, is suspension without pay,” Mr Demetriou told Radio 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. “So it is incorrect that he is being paid by the Essendon Football Club.
“He is not allowed to be paid. I want to make that very clear.”
Responding to revelations in The Australian and the Herald Sun that the AFL and Essendon offered inducements to Hird — including the promise of suspension with pay — to accept a 12-month ban and drop his legal challenge against the AFL, Mr Demetriou said: “That never eventuated. It is one thing I will go to my grave on. I know 100 per cent the AFL is not paying.
“And I know that Essendon is not paying.”
Oh dear. Poor Andrew Demetriou just doesn’t know much at all.
… it appears someone forgot to put this in writing when the agreement to end the supplements scandal was struck.
So what we’ve got is the chairman of the AFL and the chairman of the Essendon Football Club striking an actual deal that the AFL CEO doesn’t know about and who doesn’t even read the purported agreement, the AFL commission doesn’t know about either but agrees to something-anything anyway, and it is the Essendon Football Club with a governance problem?
Update: This is how the Australian is reporting the story today:
… James Hird [is] under pressure last night to amend his employment contract to spare AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou a humiliating public backdown.
The Australian understands that Hird, Essendon president Paul Little and the AFL were locked in negotiations yesterday over how to extinguish a spot fire inadvertently lit by Mr Demetriou when he wrongly claimed Hird could not be, and was not being, paid by the club during his 12-month ban from football.
So James Hird must walk away from $1 million because Andrew Demetriou doesn’t know what’s going on in the organisation where he is the CEO?