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Michel Platini has tarnished the European qualifiers process

The European Championship qualifiers are well upon us again as top domestic leagues throughout Europe shut down for a week. The excitement to go and cheer on your national team is at fever pitch as you pray for all three points going into the latter stages of the group games. However, this qualification process for Euro 2016 to be held in France has been for want of a better word...
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UEFA president Michel Platini eyes one last challenge in 2019

VIENNA -- Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president. Given four more years to lead European soccer's governing body on Tuesday, Platini hinted at a news conference that he won't seek another UEFA mandate. Platini, who turns 60 in June, later told reporters that he has only one job left to do in his career. ''If I have to do something...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for third term

Michel Platini insisted that UEFA "loves FIFA" after he was re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for a third four-year term. Platini has made it clear he does not support Sepp Blatter standing for a fifth term as FIFA president on May 29 - but he used his acceptance speech to say people are trying to turn the rest of the world against UEFA. Platini told the UEFA Congress in Vienna...
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Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term

VIENNA (AP) Michel Platini was re-elected Tuesday as UEFA president for a third four-year term. Platini was unopposed to extend his presidential reign, which started in 2007, and was acclaimed by the leaders of UEFA's 54 member federations. ''This means more to me than you could possible imagine,'' Platini said in an acceptance speech in French. Platini also retains his FIFA vice...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini concerned by hooliganism issue amid nationalism surge

Michel Platini has raised the spectre of the Heysel disaster and warned of a growing issue of hooligans and political fanatics taking control in football stadiums in Europe. The UEFA president, who was on the pitch for Juventus at the European Cup final in Brussels 30 years ago when 39 people - mainly from the Italian club - died after rioting Liverpool fans charged Juve supporters...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

UEFA President Platini Implicated in World Cup Bid Scandal After Platini Reportedly Wouldn’t Face Sanctions

A report from the print version of The Sunday Times said that UEFA president Michel Platini allegedly accepted a Picasso painting from the Russian 2018 World Cup bid committee in exchange for Platini’s support for Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was after it was reported that Platini would not be subject to investigation and sanctions by FIFA Ethics Investigator Michael...
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November 30, 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...
Via Fox Soccer
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...
Via AP on Fox
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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