Prem clubs feel ‘under threat’ as new Euro Super League plans leaked

first_imgTHE Premier League are losing the battle to prevent a behemoth new European Super League — being proposed by the Continent’s top clubs.Latest plans set out a ten-match group stage in a 32-team league, in a blueprint laid out to the European Club Association.2 English clubs have done well out of big revenues from both the Premier League and Champions LeagueCredit: AP:Associated Press2 ECA and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is one of the proponents of the European Super LeagueCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to the Mail, the ECA have rejected the idea of four groups of eight teams and now want to go for one big league instead, with the top eight qualifying for a knock-out stage automatically.The next 16 teams would then have to jump into a play-off, with eight progressing to the next round.Premier League bosses would see a new European Super League as a massive threat to their £9billion cash cow.SunSport revealed in August how the ECA’s proposal could lead to the extinction of the League Cup and 21 games would be needed to win the competition.But those numbers have been cut to either 17 or 19 games — depending on whether teams qualify automatically from the group stages.The ECA also want to play games on weekends, something the Premier League is fiercely against, because of the broadcast revenues generated by prime-time matches.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneECA and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is one of the architects of the European football upgrade.He has warned that constantly turning down proposals “is not healthy”.BT Sport have exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK and paid £1.2bn to do so for 2021 to 2024. Martin Keown shuts down taunting Jake Humphrey as he explains he was late for BT Sport duties due to tragic suicidelast_img read more

A Greek inside the G20

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s first point of call with the world leaders at the G20 summit was thanks to John Paraskevopoulos.Dubbed the ‘official greeter’ of the summit, John was the middle man in formally introducing the prime minister to the world’s most prominent leaders.Already having worked on the G20 summit for close to 18 months, the role was thrust upon the 47-year-old thanks to his foreign affairs experience. Currently working as a senior adviser in the prime minister’s department for five and a half years, John was previously a director in the national security and intelligence branch of the department of foreign affairs. As an official greeter, he had to quickly learn more than 30 correct titles and pronunciations for all the world leaders, a job that could easily end in national embarrassment.“Every time a leader arrived I had to rehearse the correct title so you don’t cause offence,” John says. “You can’t call a prime minister ‘Your Excellency’, that’s only for a head of state, usually like a president. “But someone like the Crown Prince of Arabia, you can’t call them ‘Your Excellency’ [either] because you’ll offend them, they have to be ‘Your Royal Highness’.”Over a couple of days, John was able to see first hand the personality traits that distinguished the leaders. Those that stood out were the ones that shattered stereotypes but also exuded a certain aura. One of the most impressive world leaders John met was US President Barack Obama. “People always talk about the star quality of someone like Obama,” he says.“What impressed me about him was that he was warm and engaging, and he was the only leader of those that I met that asked for my name, and he was genuinely interested in me. It was a shock, because I was there to do all the introductions but he introduced himself to me first before I had a chance to speak.”Amazingly, President Obama extended pleasantries to almost every staff member at the G20, whether they were big players or to a young girl controlling the lift. “He broke away from the group and made a bee line for her and said “I just want to thank you for all your help today, you’ve done a great job”,” John says. “She was just shaking, she didn’t expect it. She didn’t expect that sort of reception.”While Obama carried the star power, no one made John more nervous than Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.“I was very apprehensive about meeting Putin, he probably didn’t feel very welcome here given what’s happened, but he was actually somewhat understated in his demeanour – almost shy,” John reveals. “I expected a tough guy persona which one often hears about but I was surprised to see quite the opposite on that occasion.”John was also able to see how many of the politicians exuded high levels of charisma.“The president of Mexico (Enrique Peña Nieto) is very very charismatic and charming. He’s the suavest man I’ve ever met,” John says. “Then you had the very young Italian prime minster (Matteo Renzi), he’s only 39 but again he was quite casual and ‘Latin’ in his body language – winking at me and saying Buongiorno in Italian as we shook hands.”Away from the leaders at the summit, the past 18 months have been undeniably a challenge for John. Taking on the role as a member of the G20 taskforce and working alongside 160 people, the past week has been the culmination of more than two years’ work for his team.Returning back to Canberra mid week, John is still in recovery mode from the G20.“What’s next? I don’t know, I’m just relieved that there weren’t any major calamities,” he says with a laugh. “When you try and bring that many people and that many leaders in such a short period of time the logistics are a nightmare but there was a lot of very good preparation for it and it went quite smoothly.”Always connected to the government of the day, John has been an advisor on complex issues for more than 25 years. Before his role in the prime minister’s office, he spent three years at Parliament House as the parliamentary liaison officer for the Senate, where he handled complex relationships to help facilitate the passage of important government legislation. He was privy to sensitive negotiations at a very high level and had the job of providing accurate advice to the prime minister’s office, federal senators and senior officials on parliamentary procedures. John’s contributions to the country haven’t gone unnoticed, as he received the National Australia Day Achievement Award for his contribution to the establishment of a new national heritage regime for Australia.last_img read more