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Andrew Demetriou got three-year incentive bonus

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou had to remain in his position as chief executive for the years of 2010, 2011 and 2012 in order to receive his contentious $2 million performance bonus last year.

And Demetriou has a clause in his employment agreement that will bar him from working for a competing code for a period of time when he leaves the AFL at season's end.

While Demetriou received pay and bonuses totalling $3.8 million during 2013 - comprising $1.8million in annual salary salary, plus a ''long service'' bonus of $2million - he said that the $2 million bonus was actually earned over the course of three seasons - 2010, 2011 and 2012 - when he had reached certain benchmarks, including broadcast rights earnings.

Illustration: Frank Maiorana.

Illustration: Frank Maiorana.

Fairfax Media also has learnt that Demetriou, who announced on Monday that he would step down as AFL chief executive at season's end, has a ''no compete'' clause in his deal with the AFL, which would prevent him from working for rugby league, soccer or rugby union, for a standard period, believed to be 12 to 18 months. Competing sports are defined as ''football codes,'' leaving him free to work in any capacity for the likes of cricket, tennis or racing, though he says he has no interests in a job in another sport.

Demetriou would not comment on whether he had a ''no compete'' clause as part of his arrangements but was willing to detail how his $2million bonus worked.

''In order to achieve the bonus - which I didn't get all of it - you had to stay for three years,'' he said.

''The reason it was paid last year is that I had to stay as part of a long-term incentive bonus to complete the three years and there were milestones in each year - in one case, it was broadcast rights.

''There were other milestones along the way, but they were based on a three-year period and then paid once I had completed the three years. I actually waited 3½ years to get the money.

''It was based on '10, '11, '12. It got paid in '13, that's why it's in this year's financial accounts'' he said.

Demetriou signed the deal late in 2009.

He said the bonus $2million had not been negotiated with the AFL commission in response to an offer from another employer.

''No, what is true is if I had have left before a period of time, the end of 2012, I wouldn't have been eligible for the bonus.

''So when people are sort of writing he got paid this salary last year, I didn't get paid that salary at all. I got paid the salary that's been declared. This other money relates to '10, '11, '12.''

Demetriou repeated that he had no desire to work for another sport. ''It doesn't interest me. I'm not really interested.'' Asked why, he said: ''Because this is the sport.''

He said he had been approached, but never offered, the position as head of the Association of Tennis Professionals in July last year, when he was in New York with the AFL working party on equalisation.

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