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Fury after FIFA agrees to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, prompting a response that his removal was “politically motivated”.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert and ethics investigator Cornel Borbely.

Fury after FIFA agrees to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, prompting a response that his removal was “politically motivated”.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert and ethics investigator Cornel Borbely.

FIFA to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, sources at football’s governing body told AFP.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert with Vasilios Skuris of Greece.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

Blatter accepts ban for FIFA misconduct after losing appeal

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter accepts ban for FIFA misconduct after losing appeal

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter suffers one last defeat over FIFA misconduct

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter suffers one last defeat over FIFA misconduct

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter loses appeal against football ban after ‘ethics breach’

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Lausanne (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday that Sepp Blatter breached FIFA's ethics codes as it firmly rejected his appeal against a six year ban for making a $2 million payment to ousted UEFA chief Michel Platini.

"Mr Blatter breached the FIFA Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis," said the CAS in a statement which said Blatter's appeal had been "dismissed.

Blatter loses appeal against ban – spokesman

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Lausanne (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday upheld a six year ban against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the disgraced powerbroker's spokesman told AFP.

Blatter, who was ousted over a suspicious payment to ex-UEFA leader Michel Platini, called the verdict "incomprehensible" in a statement released even before the tribunal had officially given its decision.

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

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Berlin (AFP) Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football's governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package.

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

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Berlin (AFP) Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football's governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package.

Ceferin favourite in UEFA presidential race

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday elects a new president after the banning of Michel Platini with Slovenian football leader Aleksander Ceferin the favourite to take on the task of easing tensions with Europe's leading clubs.

The Slovenian Football Federation chief is in contention with Dutch rival Michael van Praag to complete the five-year term of Platini who is serving a four year suspension from all football activities imposed by FIFA over ethics breaches.

Ceferin favourite in UEFA presidential race

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday elects a new president after the banning of Michel Platini with Slovenian football leader Aleksander Ceferin the favourite to take on the task of easing tensions with Europe's leading clubs.

The Slovenian Football Federation chief is in contention with Dutch rival Michael van Praag to complete the five-year term of Platini who is serving a four year suspension from all football activities imposed by FIFA over ethics breaches.

FIFA green light for Platini to attend key UEFA meeting

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Paris (AFP) World football's governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday's UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany.

A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban,said last week he would attend the meeting of European football's governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor.

FIFA green light for Platini to attend key UEFA meeting

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Paris (AFP) World football's governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday's UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany.

A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban,said last week he would attend the meeting of European football's governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor.

Platini to attend key UEFA meeting despite ban

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Paris (AFP) Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the UEFA Congress in Athens next week at the invitation of European football's governing body, but paying his own way for a final farewell.

Platini "will travel there by his own means and will not give a press conference" at the Congress, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor, a member of his entourage told AFP.

Platini to attend key UEFA meeting despite ban

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Paris (AFP) Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the UEFA Congress in Athens next week at the invitation of European football's governing body, but paying his own way for a final farewell.

Platini "will travel there by his own means and will not give a press conference" at the Congress, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor, a member of his entourage told AFP.

European Soccer

Friday Kickoff: Hazard, Platini, Neymar and more

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Transfer rumors continue to swirl around Eden Hazard while a former FIFA executive took shots at Sepp Blatter.

Real Madrid target Eden Hazard is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Former UEFA president Michel Platini says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is "the most selfish person I have seen in my life".

Thursday Kickoff: Rooney, Cazorla, Herrera and more

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One Premier League star is expected to miss the rest of the season while another's move remains a major talking point.

Despite the fact that his agent reportedly traveled to China, Wayne Rooney does not want to leave Manchester United until the summer. (REPORT)

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla could miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

UEFA

UEFA Proudly Announce Euro 2020 Is Going To Be One Gigantic, Expensive Pain In The Arse For Fans

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UEFA have spent the morning proudly divulging details of Euro 2020 at a launch event in London.

As per Michel Platini's vision of a pan-continental celebration of football to mark the 60th anniversary of the finals, the tournament will take place in a slew host cities spread out across Europe.

UEFA elects surprise candidate Ceferin as new leader

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday overwhelmingly elected Slovenian lawyer Aleksander Ceferin, almost unknown three months ago, as its new president to lead the world's most powerful football confederation into a new era after Michel Platini was forced to resign.

Ceferin, 48, beat Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag by 42 votes to 13 in the first round of voting after promising "bold" moves and an end to "intrigues" as the 55-member European body faces challenges over its flagship Champions League.

UEFA elects surprise candidate Ceferin as new leader

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday overwhelmingly elected Slovenian lawyer Aleksander Ceferin, almost unknown three months ago, as its new president to lead the world's most powerful football confederation into a new era after Michel Platini was forced to resign.

Ceferin, 48, beat Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag by 42 votes to 13 in the first round of voting after promising "bold" moves and an end to "intrigues" as the 55-member European body faces challenges over its flagship Champions League.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA presidency

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

UEFA Appoint New President In Shape Of Slovenian FA Chief Aleksander Ceferin

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UEFA have gone and appointed themselves a brand new funky president in the shape of that bloke up there, Aleksander Ceferin.

Ceferin was confirmed as UEFA's new grand poobah after being fellow candidate Michael van Praag in Wednesday's election.

The 48-year-old Slovenian, who will remain head of his country's Football Association, took 42 of the 55 votes to seal the deal and replace Michel Platini (whatever happened to him?

New UEFA boss will face tough start as President with European football split over Champions League

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For the uninformed, UEFA will be choosing a new president on Wednesday, whose primary task will be to stop what European authorities say is an inflexible slide towards a breakaway football Super League open just to richer clubs, like Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, a legal advisor from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an accomplished football director, are the men seeking election to replace the disgraced Michel Platini.

UEFA election clouded by Champions League rival

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Paris (AFP) UEFA, the richest and most powerful continental football confederation, elects a new president this week as it confronts a growing challenge to its cash-cow Champions League.

The 55-member European confederation must choose between Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, 48, and veteran Dutch administrator Michael van Praag, 68, to finish the term of the tainted Michel Platini at a special congress in Athens on Wednesday after an increasingly tense campaign.

UEFA election clouded by Champions League rival

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Paris (AFP) UEFA, the richest and most powerful continental football confederation, elects a new president this week as it confronts a growing challenge to its cash-cow Champions League.

The 55-member European confederation must choose between Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, 48, and veteran Dutch administrator Michael van Praag, 68, to finish the term of the tainted Michel Platini at a special congress in Athens on Wednesday after an increasingly tense campaign.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits and bobs, Richter traded, more news

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Union bits, Expansion Draft format announced, Dallas wins USOC, more

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New format for upcoming Expansion Draft announced. Dallas tops New England to claim US Open Cup championship. More news.

Union bits, local USOC qualification results, USOC final tonight, more

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Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union bits, more news

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Curtin says it is too early for Edu to return to first team play. Union ranked 14th most valuable team in MLS. More news.

The Rest

The more FIFA changes, the more it stays the same

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Over a span of four months, from October 2015 to January 2016, the FIFA Ethics Committee removed the three most powerful men in football – Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Michel Platini – from office, and banned them from the game.

It was an extremely hopeful stretch in the dark history of the world’s governing body.