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Legia Warsaw to host Real Madrid behind closed doors

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Lausanne (AFP) Legia Warsaw will play their next Champions League game against Real Madrid behind closed doors, European football's governing body UEFA ruled Thursday, following crowd trouble during their last home game.

The club was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000) for the incidents which included racist behaviour and fighting among the home fans during the September 14 game in which Germany's Borussia Dortmund achieved their biggest European win 6-0.

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’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

Ceferin’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA president says Champions League mustn’t become elite

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final despite rebel war

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Athens (AFP) The 2018 Champions League final will be held in Kiev despite Ukraine's conflict with Russian-backed separatist rebels, UEFA's executive committee decided Thursday, officials said.

The final will be held only a few weeks before rival Russia stages the World Cup.

Ukraine, which was co-host of the 2012 Euros with Poland, submitted its official bid to stage the final at the 70,000-seat Olympic stadium earlier this year.

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.

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.

Barca face more UEFA action over Catalan flags

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Barcelona (AFP) Spanish champions Barcelona face further sanctions from UEFA after thousands of separatist Catalan flags were flown at their Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday.

The Champions League anthem was drowned out by a chorus of boos and chants in favour of Catalan independence, whilst a large banner read: "Welcome to Catalonia.

Barca face more UEFA action over Catalan flags

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Barcelona (AFP) Spanish champions Barcelona face further sanctions from UEFA after thousands of separatist Catalan flags were flown at their Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday.

The Champions League anthem was drowned out by a chorus of boos and chants in favour of Catalan independence, whilst a large banner read: "Welcome to Catalonia.

Man City-Gladbach Champions League game postponed

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) The Champions League group game between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday was postponed due to heavy rain at City's Etihad Stadium.

"Tonight's #UCL match between #mcfc and @borussia_en has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions," City said in a statement on their Twitter feed.

Man City-Gladbach Champions League game postponed

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) The Champions League group game between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday was postponed due to heavy rain at City's Etihad Stadium.

"Tonight's #UCL match between #mcfc and @borussia_en has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions," City said in a statement on their Twitter feed.

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.

Portugal back Ceferin for UEFA presidency

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Lisbon (AFP) The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Saturday gave public backing to Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin to become the new UEFA president.

After the withdrawal of Spaniard Angel Maria Villar, Ceferin, a 48-year-old lawyer and head of the Slovenian football federation since 2011, will go up against Dutchman Michael van Praag, in the UEFA election on September 14 in Athens.

Portugal back Ceferin for UEFA presidency

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Lisbon (AFP) The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) on Saturday gave public backing to Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin to become the new UEFA president.

After the withdrawal of Spaniard Angel Maria Villar, Ceferin, a 48-year-old lawyer and head of the Slovenian football federation since 2011, will go up against Dutchman Michael van Praag, in the UEFA election on September 14 in Athens.

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Matchfixing a vital battle to win: UEFA integrity chief

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Combating match-fixing in football is absolutely crucial for the integrity of the sport, says Emilio Garcia UEFA's head of disciplinary and integrity matters.

However, he concedes that it is not an easy task with the mafia behind a lot of corruption.

Garcia, who was speaking at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention, said it was crucial to get local authorities in different countries on board.

Matchfixing a vital battle to win: UEFA integrity chief

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Combating match-fixing in football is absolutely crucial for the integrity of the sport, says Emilio Garcia UEFA's head of disciplinary and integrity matters.

However, he concedes that it is not an easy task with the mafia behind a lot of corruption.

Garcia, who was speaking at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention, said it was crucial to get local authorities in different countries on board.

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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.

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The 2016-17 Europa League moves to the group stage

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The Europa League joins the Champions League as problems that UEFA seems to be making worse rather than better.

UEFA elects Ceferin as president

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for anyone who believes things don't change in soccer politics, UEFA elected an outsider as president in Wednesday's soccer news update.

The Red Bulls in trouble

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The New York Red Bulls gave up another lead as they continue to leave room for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

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Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final despite rebel war

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Athens (AFP) The 2018 Champions League final will be held in Kiev despite Ukraine's conflict with Russian-backed separatist rebels, UEFA's executive committee decided Thursday, officials said.

The final will be held only a few weeks before rival Russia stages the World Cup.

Ukraine, which was co-host of the 2012 Euros with Poland, submitted its official bid to stage the final at the 70,000-seat Olympic stadium earlier this year.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA, Reus, Walcott and more

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UEFA is officially under new leadership, while a pair of star wingers are battling injuries that are keeping them out of action for the time being.

Slovenian lawyerAleksander Ceferinwas named UEFA president on Wednesday after winning the federation's election in a landslide. Ceferin will complete Michel Platini's term, which lasts until 2019, after the French legend was banned due to improper payments.

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’s leadership vacuum

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UEFA picks a new president this week, but that's unlikely to help the organization when it comes to the big issues in European soccer.

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.

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UEFA Undermine Grand Launch Of Euro 2020 Logo By Posting Image On Their Own Website Beforehand (Photo)

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In their very own words, UEFA are crowing that themedia have turned out in force for the grand launch of the new Euro 2020 logoin London today.

Sadly, any keen-eyed members of the press horde will have already been privy to UEFA's latest tournament squiggle after theorganisationwent and published it on their very own website shortlybefore the big unveiling.

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.