Tag: UEFA

Platini era ends as UEFA elects little-known Ceferin as head

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Michel Platini reluctantly handed over the reins of power in European soccer to Aleksander Ceferin, a little-known Slovenian lawyer who won the UEFA presidential election by a landslide on Wednesday.

Ceferin will complete Platini's four-year term through 2019 while the disgraced former France captain returns to his FIFA-imposed exile to continue serving a four-year ban over an improper payment.

Before Ceferin beat UEFA vice president Michael van Praag 42-13 in the secret ballot, Platini was given special dispensation by FIFA's ethics judge to bid farewell to European soccer leaders. Platini assured UEFA delegates he has a ''clear conscience'' over the legitimacy of the 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) he received from FIFA in 2011 that led to his downfall four years later.

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UEFA presidential favorite criticizes Champions League deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA & its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expressed his frustration that the governing body caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, & Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places.

Ceferin viewed threats that leading clubs could break away to form a closed completion as a bluff, warning that a Super League for the elite & rich is ''out of the question,'' & would create a ''war with UEFA.''

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UEFA presidential favorite criticizes Champions League deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA & its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expressed his frustration that the governing body caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, & Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places.

Ceferin viewed threats that leading clubs could break away to form a closed completion as a bluff, warning that a Super League for the elite & rich is ''out of the question,'' & would create a ''war with UEFA.''

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UEFA hopeful Van Praag complains nations turned back on him

UEFA hopeful Van Praag complains nations turned back on him

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag says that countries have reneged on promises to back him in Wednesday's election to succeed Michel Platini.

The Dutch federation head has picked up four public endorsements, while rival Aleksander Ceferin says he is supported by more than 30 members from the 55-strong UEFA.

Van Praag says ''some people told me from the beginning that they would vote for me & then all of a sudden they turned their back to me. If you call that old school, then I can only say that happened.''

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UEFA looks to December decisions to shape Champions League

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA is set to decide in December on changing the Champions League as Europe's top clubs chase a new format & bigger share of the competition's billion-dollar annual income.

Closed-door meetings of European soccer leaders in Milan around Saturday's Champions League final, making slow progress shaping the competition for the three seasons from 2018, The Associated Press was told.

Talk of a breakaway Super League was fueled in January by some wealthy members of the European Club Association (ECA) who saw uncertainty over UEFA's leadership during the FIFA presidential election.

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Platini to quit UEFA after losing appeal over ethics ban

Platini to quit UEFA after losing appeal over ethics ban

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Suspended European soccer boss Michel Platini will resign as head of governing body UEFA after losing a top level appeal against a ban for ethics violations, yet he will continue to fight to clear his name.

One of the finest players of his generation who went on to become a powerful sporting official, Frenchman Platini was suspended after his dealings with fallen world soccer chief Sepp Blatter dragged him into the scandal which engulfed the sport's global governing body FIFA.

Sport's highest tribunal, The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), upheld Platini's suspension on Monday, although it reduced the term from six years to four.

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UEFA say presidential election still possible before Euro 2016

UEFA say presidential election still possible before Euro 2016

By Brian Homewood

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – European soccer's governing body UEFA says it is still possible to hold a presidential election before Euro 2016 if its suspended president Michel Platini fails to overturn his six-year ban from the sport.

Platini was first banned for ethics violations in October, leaving UEFA without a president, & the Frenchman has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) which has promised to make a decision on his case by May 9.

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Dnipro among 3 clubs banned from Europe by UEFA

Dnipro among 3 clubs banned from Europe by UEFA

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Last year's Europa League finalist Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine has been named among three clubs banned from European competition by UEFA over financial issues.

UEFA says that Dnipro, Azerbaijan's Inter Baku & Romania's Targu Mures would be excluded from the next European competition for which they qualify in the next three seasons.

All three clubs had been ordered by UEFA to clear ''overdue payables'' & told they would be excluded from Europe unless they cleared those debts by Jan. 31.

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Soccer-Tarasov fined by UEFA for Putin T-shirt gesture

Soccer-Tarasov fined by UEFA for Putin T-shirt gesture

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov has been fined 5,000 euros ($5,635) by UEFA's disciplinary committee for wearing a T-shirt at a Europa League tie in Turkey that displayed a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer logo," UEFA stated on their website (www.uefa.org).

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UEFA charges Lazio over fans' racial abuse at Sparta Prague

UEFA charges Lazio over fans' racial abuse at Sparta Prague

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it opened a disciplinary case against Lazio for ''racist behavior'' by fans which disrupted a Europa League Round of 16 match.

Lazio fans reportedly aimed racist chants at Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu, who is black & from Zimbabwe.

The referee stopped play in the first half of a 1-1 draw in Prague on Thursday for a warning to be broadcast to Italian fans.

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