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Fears raised over Champions League final pitch at San Siro

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Doha (AFP) A senior UEFA executive on Wednesday raised concerns about the quality of the Champions League final pitch just 10 days ahead of Europe's biggest club match of the season.

Keith Dalton, senior match operations manager with UEFA, said organisers face "a lot of challenges" in getting the surface ready at Milan's San Siro stadium for the game on May 28 between Spanish rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.

Fears raised over Champions League final pitch at San Siro

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Doha (AFP) A senior UEFA executive on Wednesday raised concerns about the quality of the Champions League final pitch just 10 days ahead of Europe's biggest club match of the season.

Keith Dalton, senior match operations manager with UEFA, said organisers face "a lot of challenges" in getting the surface ready at Milan's San Siro stadium for the game on May 28 between Spanish rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.

Fears raised over Champions League final pitch at San Siro

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Doha (AFP) A senior UEFA executive on Wednesday raised concerns about the quality of the Champions League final pitch just 10 days ahead of Europe's biggest club match of the season.

Keith Dalton, senior match operations manager with UEFA, said organisers face "a lot of challenges" in getting the surface ready at Milan's San Siro stadium for the game on May 28 between Spanish rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.

Fears raised over Champions League final pitch at San Siro

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Doha (AFP) A senior UEFA executive on Wednesday raised concerns about the quality of the Champions League final pitch just 10 days ahead of Europe's biggest club match of the season.

Keith Dalton, senior match operations manager with UEFA, said organisers face "a lot of challenges" in getting the surface ready at Milan's San Siro stadium for the game on May 28 between Spanish rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.

Hawk-Eye set for UEFA debut in Europa League final

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) Hawk-Eye goal-line technology (GLT) will be used by UEFA for the first time in Wednesday's Europa League final between Sevilla and Liverpool in Basel.

Although already used in the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A, GLT has never been used in UEFA-affiliated matches before.

Hawk-Eye set for UEFA debut in Europa League final

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) Hawk-Eye goal-line technology (GLT) will be used by UEFA for the first time in Wednesday's Europa League final between Sevilla and Liverpool in Basel.

Although already used in the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A, GLT has never been used in UEFA-affiliated matches before.

Michel Platini

UEFA to vote for new president in September

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) UEFA will hold an election for a new president on September 14 in Athens after Michel Platini quit over an ethics scandal with the world body.

Dutch FA president Michael Van Praag became the first official candidate but others could follow.

Angel Maria Villar of Spain, UEFA's senior vice president who will present the European Championship trophy on July 10, and Slovenian football chief Aleksander Ceferin are also considered probable contenders.

UEFA to vote for new president in September

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) UEFA will hold an election for a new president on September 14 in Athens after Michel Platini quit over an ethics scandal with the world body.

Dutch FA president Michael Van Praag became the first official candidate but others could follow.

Angel Maria Villar of Spain, UEFA's senior vice president who will present the European Championship trophy on July 10, and Slovenian football chief Aleksander Ceferin are also considered probable contenders.

Platini wants to “formally resign” at September 14 UEFA congress

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from all football, wants to "formally resign" as UEFA president at the organisation's elective congress on September 14 when his successor will be named, the Frenchman said Wednesday.

The former French national team skipper quit his post on May 9 after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban failed.

Platini wants to “formally resign” at September 14 UEFA congress

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from all football, wants to "formally resign" as UEFA president at the organisation's elective congress on September 14 when his successor will be named, the Frenchman said Wednesday.

The former French national team skipper quit his post on May 9 after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban failed.

Van Praag to run for UEFA presidency

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The Hague (AFP) Dutch football chief Michael van Praag announced Wednesday he will run as a candidate to replace disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini, the first to officially throw his hat into the ring to take over the helm of European football.

"He wants to finish the remainder of Platini's two-and-half year term and then step down to make space for a new, broadly supported chairman," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement from its headquarters in central Netherlands.

Van Praag to run for UEFA presidency

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The Hague (AFP) Dutch football chief Michael van Praag announced Wednesday he will run as a candidate to replace disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini, the first to officially throw his hat into the ring to take over the helm of European football.

"He wants to finish the remainder of Platini's two-and-half year term and then step down to make space for a new, broadly supported chairman," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement from its headquarters in central Netherlands.

Platini facing Euro 2016 rebuff as UEFA seek new chief

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) French football legend Michel Platini could be barred from attending Euro 2016 in an official capacity following his spectacular fall from grace as president of European football's ruling body.

Platini, whose successor as head of UEFA will be elected in Athens on September 14, would have awarded the trophy to the tournament winners in his native France on July 10.

Platini facing Euro 2016 rebuff as UEFA seek new chief

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) French football legend Michel Platini could be barred from attending Euro 2016 in an official capacity following his spectacular fall from grace as president of European football's ruling body.

Platini, whose successor as head of UEFA will be elected in Athens on September 14, would have awarded the trophy to the tournament winners in his native France on July 10.

Van Praag to run for UEFA presidency

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The Hague (AFP) Dutch football chief Michael van Praag announced Wednesday he will run as a candidate to replace disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini, and take the helm of European football.

"He wants to finish the remainder of Platini's two-and-half year term and then step down to make space for a new, broadly supported chairman," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement from its headquarters in central Netherlands.

Van Praag to run for UEFA presidency

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The Hague (AFP) Dutch football chief Michael van Praag announced Wednesday he will run as a candidate to replace disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini, and take the helm of European football.

"He wants to finish the remainder of Platini's two-and-half year term and then step down to make space for a new, broadly supported chairman," the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement from its headquarters in central Netherlands.

Spanish FA chief Villar to fill in for Platini at Euro

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar will award the Euro 2016 trophy to the tournament winners in the absence of Michel Platini, UEFA anounced Wednesday.

The move follows the resignation of UEFA president Platini after a sports tribunal rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.

Spanish FA chief Villar to fill in for Platini at Euro

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar will award the Euro 2016 trophy to the tournament winners in the absence of Michel Platini, UEFA anounced Wednesday.

The move follows the resignation of UEFA president Platini after a sports tribunal rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.

UEFA to vote in new president on September 14

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) UEFA will vote to elect a new president to replace disgraced Frenchman Michel Platini on September 14, European football's governing body announced Wednesday.

UEFA has been without a president since Platini was forced to resign after a sports tribunal rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.

UEFA to vote in new president on September 14

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) UEFA will vote to elect a new president to replace disgraced Frenchman Michel Platini on September 14, European football's governing body announced Wednesday.

UEFA has been without a president since Platini was forced to resign after a sports tribunal rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.

Platini's Fall to Earth

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THE GREAT FRENCHMAN'S FOOTBALL LIFE IS NOW HISTORY
Michel Platini's football career looks finished and whatever the circumstances, the sport has lost a major figure.
Even if he was corrupt and untrustworthy, his status as one of the greatest footballers of the modern era and the greatest French player of all time means his exit stage left from the game is tinged with a little melancholy.

Platini casts shadow over FIFA meeting

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino opened a meeting of the football body's new council in Mexico on Monday, as UEFA chief Michel Platini's resignation following a sport ban cast a shadow over the event.

Infantino, who was Platini's number two at the European football organization before taking over FIFA in February, lamented his former mentor's downfall.

Platini casts shadow over FIFA meeting

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino opened a meeting of the football body's new council in Mexico on Monday, as UEFA chief Michel Platini's resignation following a sport ban cast a shadow over the event.

Infantino, who was Platini's number two at the European football organization before taking over FIFA in February, lamented his former mentor's downfall.

FIFA chief ‘very sad’ for Platini

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino voiced sadness after his former mentor Michel Platini decided to resign as UEFA chief following a sports tribunal's rejection of his appeal against a football ban.

Infantino, speaking to reporters after a FIFA Council meeting in Mexico City, said that, as chief of football's governing body, he must "respect the decision" by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

FIFA chief ‘very sad’ for Platini

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino voiced sadness after his former mentor Michel Platini decided to resign as UEFA chief following a sports tribunal's rejection of his appeal against a football ban.

Infantino, speaking to reporters after a FIFA Council meeting in Mexico City, said that, as chief of football's governing body, he must "respect the decision" by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Monday Kickoff: Platini, Kompany, Welbeck and more

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UEFA is set to undergo some changes in leadership, while two international stars could miss the federation's biggest tournament.

Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after the Court of Arbitration for Sport opted not to overturn his ban from the game. TheCAS's three-man appeal panel reduced Platini's ban from six to four years, but the Frenchman will resign from his post at UEFA's next congress.

Platini’s poor timing brings UEFA downfall

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Paris (AFP) Making the right pass at a crucial moment made Michel Platini one of the world's greatest footballers, but poor timing cost him his place as one of the most powerful men in sport.

The 60-year-old Frenchman, who quit as UEFA president Monday after failing to overturn a ban from world football, regularly battled back from injury and other blows to star in some of football's most dramatic moments as a player.

Platini’s poor timing brings UEFA downfall

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Paris (AFP) Making the right pass at a crucial moment made Michel Platini one of the world's greatest footballers, but poor timing cost him his place as one of the most powerful men in sport.

The 60-year-old Frenchman, who quit as UEFA president Monday after failing to overturn a ban from world football, regularly battled back from injury and other blows to star in some of football's most dramatic moments as a player.

Sport tribunal to rule on Platini fate

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Lausanne (AFP) The international sports tribunal will on Monday rule on Michel Platini's final appeal against a six-year ban imposed by FIFA and decide whether he can return as UEFA president.

Platini was banned for "conflict of interest" over a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment authorised by former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter.

Sport tribunal to rule on Platini fate

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Lausanne (AFP) The international sports tribunal will on Monday rule on Michel Platini's final appeal against a six-year ban imposed by FIFA and decide whether he can return as UEFA president.

Platini was banned for "conflict of interest" over a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment authorised by former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter.

Platini prepares for make-or-break CAS hearing

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini appears before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations, with his future in football hanging on the outcome.

The stakes could not be higher for the suspended head of European football.

A favourable verdict and the 60-year-old will take his place in the stands at the Stade de France for the Euro 2016 opener between hosts France and Romania on June 10.

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Wednesday Kickoff: John Terry, UEFA election and more

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On the day the Europa League champion will be crowned, there is news of an English legend staying put at his Premier League club, while UEFA has set adate to replace outgoing president Michel Platini.

Chelsea centerback John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with the team, following heavy speculation over recent months that the 35-year-old would exit the club.

Tuesday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Toure, Sakho and more

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Some of the world's best players face a race to fitness ahead of their UEFA Champions League contest on Wednesday and more news following Monday's thrilling action.

Karim Benzema and Casemiro are not 100 percent fit, according to Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be available for selection against Manchester City on Wednesday.

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UEFA admits Kosovo in step toward World Cup

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Budapest (AFP) UEFA admitted Kosovo as its 55th member in a narrow vote Tuesday, boosting its hopes of competing in the 2018 World Cup despite warnings from former ruler Serbia.

The UEFA congress voted 28 to 24 with two votes declared invalid to accept Kosovo, which will also have a team at the Olympics for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

UEFA admits Kosovo in step toward World Cup

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Budapest (AFP) UEFA admitted Kosovo as its 55th member in a narrow vote Tuesday, boosting its hopes of competing in the 2018 World Cup despite warnings from former ruler Serbia.

The UEFA congress voted 28 to 24 with two votes declared invalid to accept Kosovo, which will also have a team at the Olympics for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

Frenchwoman Hardouin wins landmark role on UEFA executive

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Budapest (AFP) European football's governing body UEFA elected Frenchwoman Florence Hardouin as its first female executive member in a landmark vote at a congress in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Hardouin, French Football Federation (FFF) director general, won by 33 votes to 21 against her rival candidate, the former Norwegian international Karen Espelund, 55, who has been a co-opted member of UEFA's Executive Committee since 2012.

Frenchwoman Hardouin wins landmark role on UEFA executive

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Budapest (AFP) European football's governing body UEFA elected Frenchwoman Florence Hardouin as its first female executive member in a landmark vote at a congress in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Hardouin, French Football Federation (FFF) director general, won by 33 votes to 21 against her rival candidate, the former Norwegian international Karen Espelund, 55, who has been a co-opted member of UEFA's Executive Committee since 2012.

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Europa League Final Tickets: Liverpool fans outrage at prices and UEFA's empty seats

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Liverpool fans worldwide have been frustrated by UEFA’s decision to leave 400 seats at the upcoming Europa League final empty, while some Europa League final tickets have been put up for sale for as much as £3000 as demand for the showpiece event soars.

Tickets exchange websites have put certain Europa League final tickets up for sale at £3000 and above, with many Liverpool fans left disgusted by the inflated prices, and the fact that 400 of tickets reportedly earmarked for the club are to be used as a makeshift barrier between the fans.

Soccer News: Changes at UEFA

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Michel Platini lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sport and will officially resign as UEFA president in Monday's soccer news.

Kosovo ingresa a la UEFA

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La UEFA aprobó este martes en su 40º Congreso Ordinario, en Budapest, la admisión de Kosovo como miembro de la organización. La votación (28 votos a favor, 24 en contra y 2 nulos) generó discusiones entre los delegados, debido principalmente a que Serbia no reconoce a Kosovo y se oponía a su ingreso a la máxima entidad del fútbol europeo.