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Platini backs Prince Ali and says Blatter fears a life of emptiness

UEFA president Michel Platini has endorsed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein in the FIFA presidential election, saying incumbent Sepp Blatter is clinging to power as he fears a life of "emptiness" if forced out. Prince Ali is the last remaining challenger to 79-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth four-year term in office despite saying his current term would be his last when elected...
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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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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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Michel Platini Is Playing Favorites With UEFA’s Heavy Financial Fair Play Fines

UEFA President Michel Platini’s pet Financial Fair Play (FFP) project has this week reportedly been responsible for a £50 million fine directed towards Manchester City. Platini and his cohorts are determined to make FFP the cornerstone of the former France international and Juventus great’s administrative legacy to European club football. The problem though is that FFP does...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Platini calls to end 'stupid' rule

Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "stupid" 'triple punishment' rule to be dropped, following two controversial incidents this week. The "triple punishment" of a penalty, red card and suspension has come under scrutiny after Manchester City 's Martin Demichelis and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szcznesny fell foul of the ruling. UEFA President Platini has defended the referee...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Michel Platini: I know I'm unpopular

UEFA President Michel Platini believes he has made himself unpopular in some football circles by enforcing stricter punishments for clubs, but that it's a necessary consequence of trying to clean up the sport. Platini, who is weighing up whether he has the support to seek the FIFA presidency in 2015, said Friday that penalizing clubs for racism, match-fixing and uncontrolled spending...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

UEFA's Platini says it's clear he's not popular

UEFA President Michel Platini says he is sacrificing popularity in football to get tough on clubs for racism, match-fixing and uncontrolled spending. Platini has championed ''Financial Fair Play'' rules compelling clubs to break even, and pay players wages and tax bills on time in order to play in Europe. In an end-of-year message, Platini added that match-fixing and the discriminatory...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Platini: WCup draw helping France was FIFA idea

Michel Platini says FIFA's choice of World Cup draw procedure was not his idea, despite it favoring his native France. Platini told reporters he offered to leave the room Monday during talks about a ''FIFA administration'' proposal. A lottery will now decide which unseeded European team goes into Pot 2 - sure to face two high-ranked opponents from Europe and South America. France...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

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