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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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Sepp Blatter says he will accept Cas verdict of appeal hearing against ban

• Former Fifa president at Cas hearing on Thursday to contest six-year ban
• ‘My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, wasn’t optimistic’

The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would accept the verdict of his appeal against his six-year ban from football as he arrived for the hearing on Thursday.

The disgraced former president appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the court of arbitration for sport, to appeal against his ban. The 80-year-old, who led the game’s world global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the then Uefa president, Michel Platini.

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Sepp Blatter says he will accept Cas verdict of appeal hearing against ban

• Former Fifa president at Cas hearing on Thursday to contest six-year ban
• ‘My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, wasn’t optimistic’

The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would accept the verdict of his appeal against his six-year ban from football as he arrived for the hearing on Thursday.

The disgraced former president appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the court of arbitration for sport, to appeal against his ban. The 80-year-old, who led the game’s world global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the then Uefa president, Michel Platini.

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Sepp Blatter to challenge six-year ban from football at Cas on 25 August

• 80-year-old handed date for court of arbitration for sport hearing
• Blatter and Michel Platini both banned over £1.35m payment

Sepp Blatter will challenge his six-year ban from football at the court of arbitration for sport on 25 August.

Blatter and the then Uefa president Michel Platini were originally handed eight-year bans by Fifa’s ethics committee in December for a £1.35m payment that Blatter, the former head of Fifa, made to his close ally in 2011.

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West Germany v France: World Cup semi-final 1982 – live!

Get in the mood for the Euro 2016 semi-final with this retro MBM report of the controversial epic between the sides in 1982, taken from the pages of And Gazza Misses The Final

11.41am BST

West Germany, several of whose players have been suffering with stomach complaints this week, and whose captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is only fit for the bench because of the thigh injury that’s been troubling him all tournament: Harald Schumacher, Manfred Kaltz, Hans-Peter Briegel, Bernd Förster, Karlheinz Förster, Uli Stielike, Felix Magath, Paul Breitner, Klaus Fischer, Wolfgang Dremmler, Pierre Littbarski.

France plump for Six instead of Soler, but otherwise this is the lot who stroked four goals past Northern Ireland: Jean-Luc Ettori, Manuel Amoros, Maxime Bossis, Gérard Janvion, Marius Trésor, Alain Giresse, Bernard Genghini, Didier Six, Jean Tigana, Michel Platini, Dominique Rocheteau.

10.32am BST

It’s fair to say that neither of these teams started this tournament particularly well. France found themselves a goal down within 27 seconds of kick-off in their first match, against an England team that notoriously struggles for goals. Ooh la la. From that position, the only way was up. And so it was proven. France put away Kuwait and drew with Czechoslovakia in a game mainly notable for Antonin Panenka’s last act in international football (a penalty, naturally) and Manuel Amoros clearing off the line in the last minute to keep France in the competition.

In the second group stage, they lucked out, drawn with Austria and Northern Ireland, and didn’t look the gift horse dans la bouche, beating both teams by causing death by intricate passing (although it’d have been interesting to see what would have happened if Martin O’Neill’s unfairly disallowed early goal for the Irish had stood). Still, Michel Hidalgo called that performance against Northern Ireland the best of his six-year reign and here France are, in the semis, a team top-heavy with elegant talent – that midfield of Platini, Tigana, Giresse – doing just about enough to paper over the cracks of a brittle defence.

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How France hosted and won Euro 1984 (and British TV ignored the action)

The Home Nations failed to qualify but the tournament limped on nonetheless, with France triumphing on home soil thanks to nine goals from Michel PlatiniBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWith only seven qualify…

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Fans asked to arrive at Euro 2016 stadiums three hours before games

• Enhanced security to include a dual ring of steel around all 10 grounds
• Michel Platini free to attend matches in personal capacity, Fifa says

Euro 2016 organisers have urged supporters to arrive up to three hours before kickoff in order to allow time for enhanced security arrangements that include a dual ring of steel around all stadiums.

But before Friday’s first match and on the eve of a huge free concert for 80,000 people in Paris, the head of the Euro 2016 organising committee, Jacques Lambert, said he was keen to lift the mood.

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Uefa presidential elections planned for September in race to succeed Platini

• Prospective candidates must submit applications by 20 July
• Theodore Theodoridis and Michael van Praag expected to be front-runners

The race to be the next Uefa president will begin in July with elections scheduled for mid-September.

A meeting of Uefa’s Executive Committee in Basel drew up the timescale to find a replacement for the disgraced Michel Platini, currently suspended from all football-related activity for four years by Fifa.

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Michel Platini resigns as Uefa president after ban reduced to four years

• Frenchman to leave post after Cas reduces ban from six years
• Court of arbitration for sport also reduces Platini’s fine

Michel Platini will resign as Uefa president after failing to overturn his ban at the court of arbitration for sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years.

Platini said he will now step down from the Uefa position he has held since 2007, which also gave him Fifa vice-president status.

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Michel Platini: ‘I haven’t made any mistakes’ — video

Michel Platini speaks to reporters after the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday, where he was fighting his six-year ban from football. The suspended Uefa president conveys his doubts on whether or not he convinced the court but stands by his actions stating he didn’t make ‘any mistakes’ during his time in office

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Michel Platini’s CAS appeal against six-year football ban begins

• Suspended Uefa president ‘optmistic’ he will win his case
• CAS said a decision could be made as early as next week

Suspended Uefa president Michel Platini appeared before sport’s highest tribunal on Friday to appeal against his six-year ban from football and said he was optimistic he would win his case, with Fifa ex-president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses.

Platini, who arrived in a taxi for the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is hoping that the ban will be overturned in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, which will be held in his native France in June and July.

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