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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.

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini; Nainggolan; Sakho and more

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The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A's top midfielders may be on the move.

Michel Platini's lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years.

La FIFA debería aprender de la NBA

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Hoy cuando estuve viendo los juegos de la UEFA liga de campéanos vi la cosa más ridícula en un campo de fútbol. Marcelo el defensor del Real Madrid fue a agarrar la pelota después que Wolfsburg le había cometido una falta, y cuando iba levantando la cabeza, el número 27 de Wolfsburg, Maximilian Arnold, se.

Soccer News: FIFA, UEFA, and the Panama Papers

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UEFA's link to the Panama Papers means a denial from now FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Rangers wins promotion. Read More

Gianni Infantino implicated in Panama Papers, says report

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The signature of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino has cropped up in the so-called "Panama Papers" in connection with questionable TV rights sales in South America, the German newspaper behind the mass leaks reported on Tuesday.

Swiss-Italian lawyer Infantino, 46, succeeded the suspended Sepp Blatter in February as the head of FIFA, which is reeling from the arrests of leading officials last year, as well as the clouds over the awardings of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Gianni Infantino implicated in Panama Papers, says report

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The signature of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino has cropped up in the so-called "Panama Papers" in connection with questionable TV rights sales in South America, the German newspaper behind the mass leaks reported on Tuesday.

Swiss-Italian lawyer Infantino, 46, succeeded the suspended Sepp Blatter in February as the head of FIFA, which is reeling from the arrests of leading officials last year, as well as the clouds over the awardings of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Greece teams face international ban after Greek Cup halted

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Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.

Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to rescind an earlier decision to cancel remaining Greek Cup contests because of the fear of violence while FIFA and UEFA representatives insisted that his refusal could lead to a suspension.

Greece teams face international ban after Greek Cup halted

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Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.

Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to rescind an earlier decision to cancel remaining Greek Cup contests because of the fear of violence while FIFA and UEFA representatives insisted that his refusal could lead to a suspension.

Union bits, Bethlehem bits, Academy bits, Pulisic, more bits

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Lots of news bits.

Friday Kickoff: Europa League draw, FIFA to test fourth sub and more

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The UEFA Europa League quarterfinals draw took place on Friday, pairing eight teams from six different countries to play on April 6 and 14.

Borussia Dortmund-Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao-Sevilla headline the pairings, while Braga-Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal-Sparta Praha round out the four matchups.

Friday Kickoff: Cech injury, World Cup 2006 investigation report and more

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While an important report into 2016 World Cup hosts Germany was published on Friday, Arsenal received more bad news down the final stretch of its English Premier League season.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger said goalkeeper Petr Cech has a calf injury, and he will miss three-to-four weeks.

Michel Platini appeals against six year ban

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UEFA president Michel Platini has made a formal appeal against his six year ban from soccer at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the tribunal said Wednesday.

The French football legend has also asked the CAS to give a decision before the European Championships in France, which would enable him to attend if he is successful, the tribunal secretary general told AFP.

Michel Platini appeals against six year ban

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UEFA president Michel Platini has made a formal appeal against his six year ban from soccer at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the tribunal said Wednesday.

The French football legend has also asked the CAS to give a decision before the European Championships in France, which would enable him to attend if he is successful, the tribunal secretary general told AFP.

Champions League

UCL Preview: Atletico Madrid hosts Bayern Munich in semifinal first leg

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In Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal tie, Atletico Madrid looks to advance to what would be its second Champions League final in three years. Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich stands between the Rojiblancos and their quest for the final, having defeated Benfica in the quarterfinals.

Les Tirages au Sort de La Ligue des Champions et Les Deux Finales possibles : Une Confrontation entre Les Employeurs Actuels et Futurs pour Pep Guardiola ou Madrid Derby II?

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Après une série de quart de finale palpitante, la Ligue des Champions entre sa pénultième phase avant le final au stade San Siro, Milan. Un regard en arrière sur les quarts de finale, les deux puissances de Madrid, l'Atletico Madrid et le Real Madrid ont remporté leurs places en la demi-finale en surmontant des déficits.

Swiss police raid UEFA headquarters in Panama Papers case

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Swiss police on Wednesday searched UEFA's headquarters for contracts linked to a Champions League television rights deal revealed in the so-called "Panama Papers", which involves FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino.

"UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant," the European football confederation said in a statement sent to AFP.

Swiss police raid UEFA headquarters in Panama Papers case

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Swiss police on Wednesday searched UEFA's headquarters for contracts linked to a Champions League television rights deal revealed in the so-called "Panama Papers", which involves FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino.

"UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant," the European football confederation said in a statement sent to AFP.

Changing the Champions League for the better

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The Champions League is likely facing another round of changes pushed by Europe's super clubs, but what if UEFA decided to lead? Read More

UEFA Consider Making Major Changes To Champions League Format With ‘Mini-Super League’ Group Stage Mooted

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With interest, attendances and most importantly, revenue, stagnating over the past couple of seasons, UEFA are said to be mulling over a drastic reconfiguration of the Champions League format.

According to the Guardian, the re-jigging could see the group stage whittled down to 16 teams, i.

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw: Man City Pitted Against PSG As ‘Big Three’ All Kept Seperate

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The balls have been plucked from the pots and the draw for the last eight of the 2015/16 Champions League has been made.

Into the quarters for the first time ever, Manchester City have been pitted against Chelsea-slayers PSG.

The UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final draw in full...

Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid

Bayern Munich vs Benfica

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Paris St-Germain vs Manchester City

Well look at that little lot.

5 things about the Champions League

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UEFA designed the Champions League as a stopgap that turned into the most lucrative club competition in the world, but it wasn't easy. Read More

The End of an Era: Will There Be a European Super League?

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Viewership and potential for profit set the stage for many of the biggest deals in sports around the world. It should come as no surprise that football, one of the most oft criticized sports for backroom deals and controversy over finances—see the Qatar 2022 World Cup issue—is once again at center stage for the future.

Europe

Euro 2004: The Greek shock

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As we prepare our final projects on a variety of topics relating to the upcoming international competitions and as I work on a piece regarding the 2016 Euro Cup I am reminded of the last Euro Cup I ever paid attention too, the 2004 tournament in Portugal. As someone who isn't an avid soccer fan... Read More »

Losing a Legend

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Growing up, my father and I had little in common. Even as a child I identified more with American culture than my Syrian heritage. We clashed constantly. He believed in an authoritarian upbringing, and like any adolescent, I rebelled. Times of peace were rare, but they shared a common theme — football.

EURO 2016

UEFA working on Euro 2016 ‘contingency plans,’ says spokesman

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UEFA is not considering staging the European Championships in France behind closed doors but is working on "contingency plans" because of security fears after the Brussels attacks, a UEFA spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed-doors," spokesman Pedro Pinto said.

UEFA working on Euro 2016 ‘contingency plans,’ says spokesman

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UEFA is not considering staging the European Championships in France behind closed doors but is working on "contingency plans" because of security fears after the Brussels attacks, a UEFA spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed-doors," spokesman Pedro Pinto said.

Manchester United

Security at Old Trafford

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Ugly scenes returned to the Theatre of Dreams following the match between United and Liverpool. Scenes that were reminiscent of the bad old hooligan days of the seventies. Some fans, especially...

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RoM Reads

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Scott discusses the derby for ESPN.

The Mirror reports on Ander Herrera's injury ahead of the derby.

The Guardian reports on the UEFA charges we've received.

The Telegraph reports on Nicky Butt's claims about our academy.

Man United and Liverpool charged by UEFA after fans clash at Old Trafford [VIDEO]

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Manchester United and Liverpool have both been charged by UEFA following crowd trouble at their Europa League clash at Old Trafford, the governing body announced on Friday.

Five men were arrested following the disturbances on Thursday night which saw rival fans fighting in the stands and flares and objects thrown.

Man United and Liverpool charged by UEFA after fans clash at Old Trafford [VIDEO]

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Manchester United and Liverpool have both been charged by UEFA following crowd trouble at their Europa League clash at Old Trafford, the governing body announced on Friday.

Five men were arrested following the disturbances on Thursday night which saw rival fans fighting in the stands and flares and objects thrown.

UEFA: Man Utd Escape Punishment Over Horrendous Hillsbrough Chants Sung During Europa League Defeat Against Liverpool

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UEFA have confirmed that Manchester United will not be punished after their fans sang offensive chants about the Hillsborough disaster during last week's Europa League game against Liverpool.

The awayfans at Anfield could clearly be heard singing "The Sun was right, you're murderers" at several junctures throughout the game.

Olympiakos

Leave my son out of Olympiacos match-fixing talk, says father of new UEFA chief

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The father of UEFA's new interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, a top official at Greek champions Olympiakos, has called on media to leave his son out of match-fixing talk concerning the club.

"They should leave my son out of it," Olympiakos vice-president Savvas Theodoridis told sports daily Fos on Friday.

Leave my son out of Olympiacos match-fixing talk, says father of new UEFA chief

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The father of UEFA's new interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, a top official at Greek champions Olympiakos, has called on media to leave his son out of match-fixing talk concerning the club.

"They should leave my son out of it," Olympiakos vice-president Savvas Theodoridis told sports daily Fos on Friday.

Turkish Super League

Galatasaray banned from Europe for one year

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UEFA on Wednesday banned Turkish champions Galatasaray from European competition for one year for breaching spending rules.

A UEFA tribunal ordered the ban after Galatasaray "failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement" made with the European confederation in May 2014, said a statement.

Galatasaray banned from Europe for one year

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UEFA on Wednesday banned Turkish champions Galatasaray from European competition for one year for breaching spending rules.

A UEFA tribunal ordered the ban after Galatasaray "failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement" made with the European confederation in May 2014, said a statement.

The Rest

Liverpool: Mamadou Sakho Investigated By UEFA Over Failed Drugs Test

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Liverpool's French defender Mamodou Sakho is under investigation by UEFA after failing a drugs test.

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The 26-year-old is reported to have tested positive for a fat burning drug after the Reds' Europa League win against Manchester Unitedon March 17th. The former PSG star was left out of Liverpool's squad for their 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday, with the club deciding not to call up the player during the investigation.

Soccer and Terrorism

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With terrorism garnering the majority of news headlines in the recent months and weeks, it is hard not to think of it impacting every aspect of daily life. Unfortunately, soccer is not immune from the dangers of terrorism. In fact, soccer matcheshave often been the target of many terrorist attacks, as stadiums are prime locations.

Something Very Strange Happened At The Gibraltar vs Liechtenstein Game Last Night

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Gibraltar's national team, circa Oct 2015

For a lot of football fans international friendlies are more trouble than they're worth. They are cited as meaningless and present a disruption to the flow of a league season or, more importantly, people's Fantasy Football teams.

Some Soccer News for Mar 23, 2016

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It's Day 83 of 2016.


The Belgian national team was scheduled to play a friendly in Brussels next Tuesday the 29th against Portugal, but due to the terrorist attack they have decided to move the match to Portugal. Good idea.

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Even before the attacks in Brussels yesterday UEFA was already making plans to hold Euro2016 games in empty stadiums if necessary.