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Fifa prepares to sue Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter to get £1.5m back

Money has not been repaid to world governing bodyPlatini and Blatter were banned over payment in 2015Fifa is preparing to sue its former president Sepp Blatter and the former Uefa president Michel Platini for a return of the 2m Swiss francs (£1.5m) pai…

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Michel Platini, four years on from his downfall, still stalks the stage | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman wanted to be his own man and to parade as some kind of sporting conscience but in the end he found himself beaten thin and ultimately lost within the machineAs the sun-bleached August prelims fade away and the season proper kicks into gea…

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Fifa’s dirty laundry does not cause such a stench in murky times of today | Marina Hyde

In a world of pee tapes, poisonings and cybersecurity attacks, news such as Michel Platini’s detention does not feel quite the full-spectrum scandal it once would have beenI’m so glad that sporticidal Fifa president Gianni Infantino got to enjoy his se…

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‘I’m hurt’: Platini says questioning over Qatar World Cup was painful – video

Former Uefa president Michel Platini said he was hurt by questioning from French authorities after he was detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who has never denied voting for the Gulf state in December 2010, was ques…

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Michel Platini was ‘hurt’ by detention and Qatar World Cup questioning

‘It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I’ve done’Platini released and lawyer says his client is innocent The former Uefa president, Michel Platini, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding…

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A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022

Why was Michel Platini detained by French investigators? What are they looking for? And could Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?France’s Parquet National Financier, which investigates serious financial crime, has since 2017 been looking into possible Frenc…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Michel Platini says 1998 World Cup draw ‘trickery’ led to France v Brazil final

• Hosts were allocated to Group C and avoided Brazil until final• ‘France-Brazil was the dream final … there was a little trickery’Michel Platini, the former Uefa president, has claimed “a little trickery” was used in the 1998 World Cup draw to incre…

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When Arsenal showed France tough love on Valentine’s Day

Michel Platini thought playing a ‘very British’ Arsenal team at Highbury would prepare France for a World Cup qualifier in Scotland, but the plan backfired. France lost both matches 2-0By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt’s hard to imagine Arsena…

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Serie A’s unlikely top goalscorers: from Michel Platini to Luca Toni

Edin Dzeko, Dries Mertens and Andrea Belotti have battled for the golden boot this season, keeping alive Serie A’s habit of producing an unexpected top scorer

By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport Network

Gonzalo Higuaín scored 36 goals in 35 league games for Napoli last season to pick up the Capocannoniere. When he made his move to Juventus – the team that has now won the Serie A title for the last six seasons in a row – in the summer he would surely have been expecting to win another golden boot this season. But it hasn’t worked out like that. Instead, the battle for the Capocannoniere has been played out by Edin Dzeko, Dries Mertens and Andrea Belotti.

In the end, Dzeko triumphed with 29 goals, as many as any Roma player has scored in a single campaign since the 1930-31 season. Dzeko scored eight goals in Roma’s last eight matches, a remarkable turnaround when you consider he had only scored eight goals last season. Mertens finished behind Dzeko on 28 goals, an impressive total for a winger who had scored five last season. Belotti had to settle for third place in the race for the golden boot, but his return of 25 goals in 29 matches was an exceptional achievement for a 23-year-old in a Torino team that finished ninth.

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Blatter’s spirit lives on with Infantino seeing Fifa’s enemies inside and out| David Conn

New president denies he was behind controversial removal of ethics commitee chairmen as annual congress tries to turn page on corruption scandal

In the bad old days at Fifa, not very long ago at all – days which the new president, Gianni Infantino, told the annual congress in Bahrain the organisation has left behind – a swamp of corruption prevailed behind walls of denial.

Loyal executive committee henchmen of the embattled president, Sepp Blatter, would rise with a show of regret from their seats at the top table and denounce reports as “lies”, lambasting reporters hunched at the back of the hall for attacking the “Fifa family”.

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France investigates votes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups and questions Blatter

• Fifa’s former president interviewed as Swiss authorities co-operate
• Michel Platini, Uefa’s former president, has not been spoken to

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa’s vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, sources close to the investigation have confirmed.

Investigators are understood to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, who was the Fifa president at the time of the controversial December 2010 vote by a majority of the executive committee. Michel Platini, the former Uefa president whose decision to cast his vote for Qatar was crucial to the Gulf state winning a majority vote, has not been interviewed, the sources said.

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Sepp Blatter ban upheld by court of arbitration for sport – video

Sepp Blatter’s six-year ban from football is upheld by the court of arbitration for sport in Switzerland on Monday. General secretary for the court Matthieu Reeb announces that the court doubted Blatter’s explanation of a cash gift to Michel Platini, who was a Fifa vice-president in 2011, saying it represented an ‘undue gift’. Blatter must also pay a fine of 50,000 Swiss Francs

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Sepp Blatter loses his appeal against six-year ban from football

• Disgraced former Fifa president loses case in court of arbitration for sport
• Decision ‘difficult’ to accept, says 80-year-old after no reduction in suspension

Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the court of arbitration for sport against a six-year ban from football.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.

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Sepp Blatter loses his appeal against six-year ban from football

• Disgraced former Fifa president loses case in court of arbitration for sport
• Decision ‘difficult’ to accept, says 80-year-old after no reduction in suspension

Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the court of arbitration for sport against a six-year ban from football.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.

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Said & Done: Joey Barton, Karren Brady, and Chile’s worst dog

Also featuring: Michel Platini; a quick strangle; and mama of the week

@Joey7Barton’s Rangers story so far:
24 May: “To be a Ranger is to sense the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football.”
15 Sep: “I apologise unreservedly.”
16 Sep: “I’ve done nothing to apologise for.”

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Backroom talks lead to two-man battle for Uefa president’s job

Election of the new head of European football to succeed Michel Platini looks to be business as usual, down to the venue’s 75 acres of sun-drenched gardens on a pine-dotted private peninsula

To some, he will resemble a ghost at the feast – a reminder to football’s twisted and dysfunctional family of the sins of their fathers. But for many more of the delegates from Uefa’s 55 members gathered to elect their next president at the Astir Palace Beach Resort in Athens, the surprise address from Michel Platini will be warmly welcomed.

Ever since the three-times world footballer of the year became embroiled in a Byzantine scandal concerning a £1.35m “disloyal payment” from the similarly disgraced Fifa president Sepp Blatter, many in Europe have remained loyal to their former leader.

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Michel Platini to address Uefa congress despite four-year football ban

• Fifa ethics committee grants permission for Frenchman to make speech
• Successor to Platini as president to be elected at Athens congress

Michel Platini has been given permission by Fifa’s ethics committee to address the Uefa congress in Athens this week despite his four-year ban from all football-related activity.

Uefa requested that Platini be allowed to speak on Wednesday at the congress, at which the election of his successor as Uefa president is on the agenda.

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