Michel Platini: Fifa committee was ‘asleep for four years’

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke— AFP

BBC News : Banned Uefa president Michel Platini has accused world football’s ethics committee of “sleeping” for four years before barring him from football. Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter were ruled to have abused their positions over a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011. Both men are appealing against eight-year bans issued on Monday. “What was ...

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Jose Mourinho sacked: Players not to blame – Chelsea director

Jose Mourinho

BBC News : Chelsea’s players were not to blame for manager Jose Mourinho’s sacking, says technical director Michael Emenalo. The defending champions are one point above the relegation zone after losing nine of their first 16 Premier League matches this season. Emenalo said there was a “palpable discord between manager and players”. Asked about the role of the squad in ...

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Ebola-free Sierra Leone cleared to host football

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free in November [AP]

Sierra Leone has been cleared to host international football matches again after being declared free of the Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said. A ban stretching back 18 months has been lifted but comes too late for Sierra Leone’s World Cup hopes after they were eliminated in the 2018 qualifiers in October. They will be able to ...

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Fifa crisis: US charges 16 more officials after earlier Zurich arrests


BBC News : Sixteen more officials have been charged by US authorities investigating corruption at Fifa. The new indictment, released by the Department of Justice in Washington, came hours after the arrest of two Fifa vice-presidents in Zurich on Thursday. Former Brazil football federation chief Ricardo Teixeira was among those accused of being “involved in criminal schemes involving well over ...

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