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Platini: FIFA led by Blatter will always lack credibility

GENEVA (AP) FIFA lacks credibility while Sepp Blatter is president, according to UEFA leader Michel Platini, saying his former mentor fears the ''emptiness'' of life after leaving soccer's world governing body. Blatter is clinging to power ''at all costs,'' Platini told French sports daily L'Equipe in an interview published on Monday. Ahead of the FIFA presidential election on Friday...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Platini defends Financial Fair Play ahead of easing rules

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA president Michel Platini insists his Financial Fair Play project to control club spending is ''here to stay'' and has not changed approach. Platini says the goal ''remains the same'' despite revealing this week that UEFA will soon relax the rules. After ''moving from a period of austerity,'' UEFA will ''offer more opportunities for sustainable growth...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger says that Financial Fair Play ‘never worked’

Arsene Wenger believes the new £5billion Premier League domestic TV rights deal has provoked clubs in the rest of Europe to demand changes to UEFA's financial fair play rules. UEFA president Michel Platini confirmed on Monday that the FFP rules would be eased – and it is understood that the changes will allow more money to be invested into clubs by wealthy owners. Arsenal manager...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Krasnodar owner: UEFA hurting Eastern Europe soccer

MOSCOW (AP) The billionaire owner of a Russian club has accused UEFA of stifling the growth of soccer in Eastern Europe with financial fair play restrictions. Supermarket tycoon Sergei Galitsky's money has turned FC Krasnodar, which he founded in 2008, into a team which is challenging for a place in next season's Champions League. Last week, however, that spending also earned Krasnodar...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Financial fair play rules to be eased in bid to attract investment

The financial fair play rules that saw Manchester City handed a huge fine by UEFA last season are set to be relaxed. UEFA is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment - a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing. It will also hand a huge boost to City in terms of...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini: UEFA looking to ease rules on club spending

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini says rules limiting spending on player transfers and wages could be eased next month. Platini tells French broadcaster RTL in comments aired Monday that the UEFA executive committee could relax some Financial Fair Play regulations. The executive committee will meet on June 29-30 in Prague. UEFA has had regular talks with European...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Humans fooled, Swansea wins due to goal line technology

God bless goal line technology!!! Swansea won over Arsenal due to a Bafetimbi Gomis goal that fooled almost all the humans, especially referee Kevin Friend, at Emirates Stadium but not the goal line technology system. Seriously, if it wasn’t for goal line technology, Arsenal and Swansea would’ve battled to a 0-0 draw and Swansea would’ve been robbed of two additional points...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Humans fooled, Swansea wins due to goal line technology

God bless goal line technology!!! Swansea won over Arsenal due to a Bafetimbi Gomis goal that fooled almost all the humans, especially referee Kevin Friend, at Emirates Stadium but not the goal line technology system. Seriously, if it wasn’t for goal line technology, Arsenal and Swansea would’ve battled to a 0-0 draw and Swansea would’ve been robbed of two additional points...
Via Bloguin Best
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 20, 2015  |  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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March 16, 2015  |  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...
Via Bloguin Best
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...
Via Fox Sports
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...
Via Fox Sports
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...
Via Bloguin Best
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

Qatar Corruption Summary Released, FBI Stepping Up FIFA Investigation

Hans-Joachim Eckert’s summary of Michael Garcia’s report on corruption in bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have been released and it’s as expected from yesterday. Russia and Qatar have been cleared of wrongdoing and pretty much, every other country is to blame. The 42 page summary of the 430 page Garcia Report showed Eckert’s summary of that report. Why can’t they...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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