European clubs given more money and influence by UEFA

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Europe's top clubs have agreed to a new deal with UEFA which gives them more money and a bigger say in how European soccer is run. The European Club Association said Tuesday it renewed a working accord through May 2022 which guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros ($214 million) from UEFA's Euro 2020 income. The current deal is for a flat fee of 150 million...
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Russian soccer chief says Montenegro should forfeit match

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their suppor after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd during their ill-fated European Championship qualifier against Montenegro on Friday night. The incident happened within a minute of kick-off in Podgorica, causing the match to be suspended for around half an hour while the 28-year-old received treatment...
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Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof. Deniz Birinci, the international relations coordinator of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association, said the body's president Hasan...
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Michel Platini has tarnished the European qualifiers process

The European Championship qualifiers are well upon us again as top domestic leagues throughout Europe shut down for a week. The excitement to go and cheer on your national team is at fever pitch as you pray for all three points going into the latter stages of the group games. However, this qualification process for Euro 2016 to be held in France has been for want of a better word...
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Napoli, Trabzonspor fined for fires at Europa League match

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA has fined Napoli and Trabzonspor a total of 100,000 euros ($110,000) after fans caused fires in the stands during a Europa League match. Small fires were started at Napoli's San Paolo Stadium by fans throwing lit fireworks during the Round of 32 match on Feb. 26. UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered Napoli to pay 60,000 euros ($66,000) and Trabzonspor...
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UEFA president Michel Platini eyes one last challenge in 2019

VIENNA -- Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president. Given four more years to lead European soccer's governing body on Tuesday, Platini hinted at a news conference that he won't seek another UEFA mandate. Platini, who turns 60 in June, later told reporters that he has only one job left to do in his career. ''If I have to do something...
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Platini re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for third term

Michel Platini insisted that UEFA "loves FIFA" after he was re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for a third four-year term. Platini has made it clear he does not support Sepp Blatter standing for a fifth term as FIFA president on May 29 - but he used his acceptance speech to say people are trying to turn the rest of the world against UEFA. Platini told the UEFA Congress in Vienna...
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Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term

VIENNA (AP) Michel Platini was re-elected Tuesday as UEFA president for a third four-year term. Platini was unopposed to extend his presidential reign, which started in 2007, and was acclaimed by the leaders of UEFA's 54 member federations. ''This means more to me than you could possible imagine,'' Platini said in an acceptance speech in French. Platini also retains his FIFA vice...
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Platini concerned by hooliganism issue amid nationalism surge

Michel Platini has raised the spectre of the Heysel disaster and warned of a growing issue of hooligans and political fanatics taking control in football stadiums in Europe. The UEFA president, who was on the pitch for Juventus at the European Cup final in Brussels 30 years ago when 39 people - mainly from the Italian club - died after rioting Liverpool fans charged Juve supporters...
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Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe

VIENNA (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer. Rising extremism in European society is an ''insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums,'' Platini told UEFA's annual meeting on Tuesday. The France great, who witnessed the Heysel Stadium tragedy in 1985 playing for Juventus, said recent violent...
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UEFA chief Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism

VIENNA (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini warns that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European football. Platini tells UEFA's annual meeting extremism is an ''insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums.'' The France great, who witnessed the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 playing for Juventus, says recent violence revived ''certain images that I thought...
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Gill set to lead 'awkward squad' to expose wrongdoing at FIFA

LONDON -- Manchester United director David Gill is set to be elected a FIFA vice president this week on a mission to be part of an ''awkward squad'' trying to expose any wrongdoing at the scandal-tainted governing body. Gill was initially reluctant to contest the FIFA role reserved for the British associations due to his dislike of Sepp Blatter but he was convinced to stand by the...
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FIFA confirms December date for 2022 World Cup Final

Ed Note: This post comes courtesy Bloguin’s main soccer blog 32 Flags. Ever since the bid of Qatar won the voting for the rights to the 2022 World Cup speculation has surrounded a move to the winter. On Thursday the world’s soccer governing body, FIFA, made the move official with the announcement of the dates for the 2022 World Cup. According to a report by the BBC, the 2022...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini: Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is ''important for football.'' Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs ''new ideas, a new program'' as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

UEFA candidate Csanyi seeks Hungary return to European elite

NYON, Switzerland (AP) Long established as one of Hungary's richest men, Sandor Csanyi looks to international football for his next challenge. Csanyi is among 12 candidates for seven vacant seats on the UEFA executive committee led by President Michel Platini at elections this month. ''I think I can help but I won't be sad if I won't be elected because I have enough work,'' Csanyi...
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Russia: UEFA may create football league in annexed Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) Russia Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says UEFA may set up its own directly administered football league in the disputed region of Crimea. After Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year, its existing Ukrainian Premier League clubs were shut down and new teams created to play in the Russian leagues. After the Ukrainian Football Federation protested, UEFA banned Crimean...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Platini set for third term as UEFA president through until 2019

UEFA President Michel Platini is set to serve a third term after no rival candidate emerged before the deadline. The former France captain was first elected to run European football in 2007 and stood unopposed for a second term in 2011. Platini will be confirmed for a third term as president through 2019 at the UEFA Congress in Vienna in March after UEFA announced ''the cut-off deadline...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Michel Platini set to be re-elected UEFA president

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini is set to serve a third term after no rival candidate emerged before the deadline. The former France captain was first elected to run European football in 2007 and stood unopposed for a second term in 2011. Platini will be confirmed for a third term as president through 2019 at the UEFA Congress in Vienna in March after UEFA announced...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

White cards coming to soccer?

UEFA President Michel Platini is defending the idea of introducing white cards into soccer even though it is vehemetly opposed by FIFA and in particular, FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The white card will be for offenses like diving and dissent that might be a little too harsh with a yellow card. A player who would receive a white card would go into a penalty box for an unspecified...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

UEFA president Michel Platini stands firm on 'white card' policy

Uefa president Michel Platini is refusing to give up on his plan to introduce a 'white card' into football. The Frenchman first raised the idea in October, only to meet strong opposition from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who dismissed the concept of sin-binning players out of hand. However, speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, Platini stressed that he would be keen...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Platini urges Blatter to stand down; says FIFA in a 'very bad place'

UEFA chief Michel Platini has pleaded with Sepp Blatter to step down from his role in charge of Fifa, saying he has dragged world football's governing body to a "very, very, very bad" place. Blatter was first elected to the role in 1998, successfully retaining his position for five successive terms and is set to renege on his initial promise that he would stand as a candidate in...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

UEFA President Platini Implicated in World Cup Bid Scandal After Platini Reportedly Wouldn’t Face Sanctions

A report from the print version of The Sunday Times said that UEFA president Michel Platini allegedly accepted a Picasso painting from the Russian 2018 World Cup bid committee in exchange for Platini’s support for Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was after it was reported that Platini would not be subject to investigation and sanctions by FIFA Ethics Investigator Michael...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Real Madrid slams Platini over Ballon d'Or

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid says UEFA President Michel Platini should not make public his personal views about who should be given the Ballon d'Or award. In a statement released Friday, the club says it is surprised by ''repeated comments regarding his personal preferences'' over the choice of the winner of the award given annually to the player regarded as the world's best. Platini...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Real Madrid blast Platini for hinting a German should win Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid have hit out at UEFA president Michel Platini for suggesting the Ballon d'Or should go to a member of Germany's World Cup-winning squad rather than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was awarded the accolade in 2013 and is favourite to retain the honour after helping Real to a 10th European title, with four-time former winner Lionel Messi also in contention after another prolific...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Is UEFA seriously threatening to leave FIFA over corruption report?

Irony and international soccer seem to be a match made in heaven these days. No other example may be greater than a report released on Saturday, suggesting that European soccer governing body UEFA may leave international soccer body FIFA behind. All of it apparently over the failure of FIFA to release the full report of the findings in to corruption allegations regarding the 2018...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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