Hird off to France, Demetriou to his grave.

The Herald Sun is reporting:

Hird, who will spend a fortnight in Singapore before living in France, is attending an exclusive business school, INSEAD, near Paris. It is said to be one of the world’s most elite business schools.

Hird’s children will spend a term at French schools.

In a controversial settlement offer made secretly between the AFL, Essendon and intermediary, Australian Sports Commission chief John Wylie, Hird was offered international education.

Not to mention having his annual salary paid in advance.

No wonder Demetriou has had to resign.

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23 Responses to Hird off to France, Demetriou to his grave.

  1. Badjack

    Hang on, Richo tells us this bloke Demetriou is top shelf

  2. Brian of Moorabbin

    Richo thought Gillard was top shelf when she first rolled Rudd too.

    Just sayin’…

  3. .

    Another example of union corruption?

  4. Baldrick

    Demetriou stood on the podium with his Labor mates who declared, “This is the blackest day in Australian sport.”

    For has unwavering support, Demetriou should demand a safe Labor seat for the coming Victorian State elections.

    Isn’t that how Labor politics work?

  5. Up The Workers!

    Hird should have sold heroin.

    His missus could have been Deputy Federal Leader of the A.L.P. by now.

  6. Supplice

    For has unwavering support, Demetriou should demand a safe Labor seat for the coming Victorian State elections.

    I’d just assumed that the parachute had already been given. Disturbing thought – someone drops out to make room for him at the federal level; Demetriou becomes Labor leader by acclamation.

  7. Robbo

    Demetriou is a self serving individual and his handling of the so-called drugs issue was disgraceful. He did a deal with the Melbourne Football Club to stop them taking legal action over the horribly botched investigation into tanking that saw the employment and reputations of two individuals sacrificed, Connolly and Bailey. Melbourne were found to be innocent of the charges but Demetriou needed to save face. What a nasty bastard he was in that instance. Then came the Essendon saga and this time it was the head of James Hird that ended up on the platter presented by Demetriou. Hird is, in my opinion, guilty of not making himself aware of what was being done to some of his players and may well be guilty of being involved in the drugs scheme, but his punishment (if you can call it that) is simply laughable. The Club was prevented from paying him his contracted amount this year so they paid him the full amount before the end of last year. Then he is being paid by the Club to take an “education” break in France for a few months with his wife and children (all expenses paid mind you). All of this is approved as perfectly kosher by that useless log Demetriou. What sort of a bloody insulting joke is that? The only thing wrong about his stepping down from the AFL is that he is staying until the end of the season. The bastard should be kicked out of the door immediately.

  8. Ant

    My, my, how expert they are at covering their tracks and keeping the skeletons locked away from public exposure.

    Is there any depths to which this political class – and yes, dammit, the AFL is political – will not stoop?

    And how they enrich themselves so lavishly along the way.

    I recall hearing an interview of Bob Santamaria years ago. One of the many things that stood out was his recounting of his close acquaitence with Bob Menzies. They would go to the football together (see, it’s political ;-P). He mentioned how modest a life Menzies led post politics, comfortable of course, but wasn’t buying Sydney harbour front properties and flying first class to the saunder around the south of France on the taxpayer’s dollar (ala Greg Combet and his cute ABC girlfriend).

    If you can say one thing about the modern political class: They appear to have learned at least one lesson.

  9. the sting

    Robbo,but can we believe what Demetriou says after examples of his statements last year?

  10. harrys on the boat

    Mike Sheahan stated that Dermatitus was taking up an executive position at Crown Casino’s, which he didn’t deny.

  11. nic

    The story that Hird would study management overseas isn’t new and was talked about in the media some months ago.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    French business school?

    Essendon are screwed.

  13. Sinclair Davidson

    nic – indeed. We discussed it here at the Cat.

    I’m just making sure that the wounds don’t go unsalted.

  14. Megan

    Those infraction notices will be along any day now.

  15. Megan

    And, in one of my pet hates, Fat Andy will no doubt be following the well-worn path of so many notable failures in Australian corporate life in being amply rewarded for stuffing up.

  16. rebel with cause

    Well the revenue surplus generated as a result of the salary cap on players has to go somewhere. Less money for players, more money for the fat cats at AFL HQ. No wonder they are so keen on ‘equilisation’.

    How long before the big clubs get sick of subsidising the follies of AFL house? I wonder how hard it would be for them to form a breakaway competition? You’d only need 4 game per week to cover all the key TV timeslots, or three with no Saturday arvo game. Eddie Maguire at Collingwood is an obvious obstruction to this at the moment, but he won’t be around forever.

  17. Go Tiges

    French business school. Oxymoron surely. Maybe it’s to get him out of the way in the event that the ASADA investigation has adverse findings against him. Demetriou’s time was up regardless of how disastrously he handled the supplements saga.

  18. Louis Hissink

    The most elite business schools are in socialist France? C’est incroyable

  19. Token

    Hang on, Richo tells us this bloke Demetriou is top shelf

    What is Richo marketing him for? It has been so over the top.

    I suspect we’ll see Fat Andy standing for the Liars Party soon. What safe seat will he get?

  20. It appears to me that excessive government regulation is morally decaying the business sector to the point of breakdown.
    If you’re not crooked, you go under.

  21. Tardell G

    “And, in one of my pet hates, Fat Andy will no doubt be following the well-worn path of so many notable failures in Australian corporate life in being amply rewarded for stuffing up.” – Also known as “failing up”.

  22. nic

    I’m just making sure that the wounds don’t go unsalted.

    :)

  23. samuel j

    To be fair to INSEAD it has adopted English as its official language

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