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Mar 3, 2014

Crikey says: farewell to one of Australia’s most powerful

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George Pell’s departure from Australia is nothing on this. Australia’s biggest religion is sport, AFL is the most popular denomination, making Andrew Demetriou the cardinal of culture. This morning he announced he’s taking his footy home for a life outside of the league.

Crikey’s Power Index named Andrew Demetriou the most powerful person in Australian sport in 2011. Nobody has challenged him for the title since. And his influence far transcends the back pages.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey says: farewell to one of Australia’s most powerful

  1. AR

    I have no opinion on the AFL chief and less interest
    However I do NOT bid Pell “farewell” – “good riddance” would the most polite comment I could make.

  2. klewso

    I’ll always remember him for the sensitivity he showed in the way he handled the Goodes affair.

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