Tag: UEFA

Platini says any FIFA chief bid not dependant on Blatter

Platini says any FIFA chief bid not dependant on Blatter

PARIS (Reuters) – Michel Platini’s decision on whether to run for the FIFA presidency in 2015 will be made without considering the plans of incumbent Sepp Blatter, the UEFA chief was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

FIFA president Blatter, 77, said two years ago that he was starting his fourth & last term yet the Swiss recently indicated he could seek another four years in charge if that was necessary to lead the governing body’s reform process.

“I don’t know (what Blatter is going to decide). At first, he said that he would quit in 2015. Now, he has been saying that he will talk next year in Brazil,” former France & Juventus playmaker Platini told French daily L’Equipe.

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Soccer-Bulgarian government backs bid for 2020 match

SOFIA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s Socialist-led government has thrown its weight behind a possible bid by Sofia to be one of the cities hosting Euro 2020 matches, the cabinet’s press office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The government, led by non-partisan Plamen Oresharski, announced last week that it had held preliminary talks with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) to discuss whether the capital could host such event.

“The state categorically supports the BFU for the bid to host the Euro 2020 (match),” Sports Minister Mariana Georgieva told reporters. “The prime minister is personally involved in this case.

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CAS expels Fenerbahce from Europa League

CAS expels Fenerbahce from Europa League

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fenerbahce has been expelled from the Europa League & barred from qualifying for next season’s Champions League in a match-fixing case.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed the Turkish club’s appeal against a two-year competition ban imposed by UEFA.

The CAS ruling immediately removes Fenerbahce from the group stage of the Europa League.

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Soccer-St Gallen player to miss Europa game due to visa issue

BERNE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – St Gallen midfielder Kristian Nushi, who holds a Kosovan passport, will miss the Europa League playoff second leg at Spartak Moscow on Thursday because he was not granted a Russian visa.

“It is correct to say Kristian Nushi did not obtain a visa,” the Swiss club told Reuters on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old moved to Switzerland 11 years ago & has played in the country ever since.

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Arsenal should not be a Pot 1 team – UEFA must overhaul ludicrous Champions League draw

Arsenal should not be a Pot 1 team - UEFA must overhaul ludicrous Champions League draw

This Thursday in Monte Carlo, delegates of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona & Champions League holders Bayern Munich will take their seats for the draw for the group stages of the 2013-14 competition. Such is the predictability of things these days, not more than one of those traditionally strong European teams will be disappointed following proceedings because UEFA has ensured that as smooth a path as possible is laid on for the top seeds.

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Soccer-Kazakh mining town team on brink of group stage

Soccer-Kazakh mining town team on brink of group stage

By Brian Homewood

BERNE, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Shakhter Karagandy, a Kazakh mining town team based nearer Mongolia than UEFA headquarters in Switzerland, could add an exotic touch to the Champions League group stage if they can hold out against Celtic on Wednesday.

The team from the windswept, coal-mining town of Karagandy on the Kazakh steppe, take a 2-0 cushion to Glasgow for the second leg of their playoff tie, one of 10 being played over Tuesday & Wednesday to decide who joins the 22 teams already qualified for the group stage.

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Soccer-PETA seeks ban on 'ritual slaughter of animals'

Soccer-PETA seeks ban on 'ritual slaughter of animals'

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Animal rights group PETA has called on UEFA to ban the “ritual slaughter of animals” after a sheep was sacrificed prior to Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy’s Champions League playoff match against Celtic.

The organisation has written to UEFA president Michel Platini asking him to use his influence to ensure that the governing body’s “prestigious competitions are not tainted by such horrifying cruelty”.

Shakhter killed the sheep before training for their home first leg tie against Celtic, which they went on to win 2-0 on Tuesday.

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Soccer-Two officials handed life bans by UEFA

Soccer-Two officials handed life bans by UEFA

Aug 23 (Reuters) – Two soccer officials have been given life bans by UEFA for an attempt to fix the result of a Europa League match last month, European soccer’s governing body said.

Armenian referee Andranik Arsenyan & assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who officiated in the match between FC Inter Turku & Vikingur, were suspended for life by the UEFA Control & Disciplinary Body (CDB).

In an earlier Armenian Football Federation hearing Arsenyan & Avagyan admitted having tried to manipulate the outcome of the second-leg fixture, which ended 1-0 in favour of Vikingur.

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Soccer-Salzburg lose appeal against Champions League elimination

Soccer-Salzburg lose appeal against Champions League elimination

BERNE, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Austrian side Salzburg have failed in their attempt to win reinstatement to the Champions League after being eliminated by a Fenerbahce side who had been banned over match-fixing then provisionally reprieved.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an application from Salzburg for provisional measures to allow the Austrian club back into the competition, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

UEFA banned Fenerbahce for two years in June in connection with a domestic match-fixing case in 2011. The Turkish club appealed to CAS & were re-admitted to the Champions League qualifying competition pending their final hearing.

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Soccer-Milan in at the deep end with Eindhoven visit

Soccer-Milan in at the deep end with Eindhoven visit

By Brian Homewood

BERNE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – AC Milan’s first competitive match of the season could moreover be one of their most significant when they visit PSV Eindhoven for the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

The seven-times European champions have missed out on the group stage only once in the last 11 seasons & failure to qualify this term could quickly turn the heat back on coach Massimiliano Allegri, who clung on to his job during the summer.

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