Free Press Journal
  • France’s All New Mr Extra

    Marseille: He rejected comparisons with Michel Platini but Antoine Griezmann is fast becoming a France legend after a two-goal haul against Germany fired the hosts into Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against Portugal.

  • FIFA President Infantino sad ex-boss Platini remains banned

    Mexico City: Gianni Infantino expressed sadness that Michel Platini failed to overturn his ban, despite the new FIFA president gaining soccer’s top job after charges of financial wrongdoing knocked his former boss out of the race.

  • FIFA denies reports on Platini’s graft charge relief 

    Zurich: World football’s governing body FIFA has rejected reports that suspended vice president Michel Platini has been cleared of all corruption charges, its ethics committee’s spokesman Marc Tenbuecken said .

  • France seizes documents in probe targeting Blatter

    Lausanne: French authorities have seized documents from the the country’s football federation in connection with the Swiss criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, Switzerland said Wednesday. The search was conducted on Tuesday — two days before Blatter’s 80th birthday — with Swiss officials present while French investigators searched the French Football Federation  (FFF) headquarters.

  • Want to see football develop in India: FIFA chief Infantino

    Zurich: Newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to see Indian football develop in the coming years. Infantino won the FIFA presidential election on Friday, succeeding Sepp Blatter, who was suspended for six years following a corruption scandal which led to a massive outcry. The UEFA general secretary, who had been UEFA chief Michel Platini’s right-hand man for long, secured 115 votes out of 207 in the second round of polls.

  • FIFA reduces Blatter, Platini bans to six years

    Zurich: A FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday reduced bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to six years but maintained they were still guilty of ethics breaches.

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    You cannot buy a World Cup: Blatter

    Zurich: Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists that the vote to host the 2022 football World Cup was not fixed, saying that “you cannot buy a World Cup.” Blatter said that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy had asked Michel Platini to vote against the US bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The quadrennial event was eventually allotted to Qatar.

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    Media tried to kill me, says Blatter

    Zurich: Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday criticised the media for its alleged bias against him amidst the worst corruption controversy to hit world football. “What I regret is the way the media moved in to kill me from the get-go,” Blatter was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Friday. “This condemnation of the FIFA president by the media when I was not responsible for the actions of the members

  • Platini ‘happy’ after marathon FIFA appeal hearing

    Zurich: The fallen head of European football, Michel Platini said he was “happy” following his marathon hearing before FIFA’s appeals committee on Monday where he protested against the “injustice” of his eight-year ban from the sport for ethics violations.

  • 12-year ban on Jerome Valcke

    Zurich :  Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years on Friday by the governing body’s ethics committee.

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    Banned Michel Platini still being paid by UEFA

    Johannesburg: European football federation UEFA has confirmed that their banned president Michel Platini is still receiving his salary and will continue to be paid until further notice despite his eight-year ban by FIFA from all football-related activities.

  • FIFA sacks secretary general Valcke

    Zurich: World football’s governing body FIFA on Wednesday announced the dismissal of secretary general Jerome Valcke from the post. The 55-year-old Frenchman was provisionally suspended from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets. He was relieved from his duties on September 17, last year, after being accused of a series of FIFA ethics code breaches.

  • Fallen FIFA chief Blatter to appeal eight-year ban

    Paris: Fallen FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will appeal against his eight-year ban, his lawyer said, joining fellow suspended official Michel Platini in a fight to clear his name.

  • Blatter, Platini now free to appeal bans: FIFA ethics panel

    Geneva: FIFA’s ethics tribunal said Saturday it had provided Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini with the reasons for its decision to ban them from football for eight years, clearing the way for them to appeal against the decision. “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee … has notified Mr Joseph S. Blatter and Mr Michel Platini of the grounds for the decisions passed in December 2015,” the body said in a statement.

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    Michel Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency

    Paris: Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini has withdrawn from the race to become FIFA president, telling L’Equipe that he will concentrate on clearing his name instead.

  • Michel Platini unable to take appeal straight to CAS

    Paris: FIFA have told the suspended Michel Platini that he cannot go straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal his eight-year ban from the game, the Frenchman’s lawyers revealed today.

  • Blatter must leave FIFA apartment by February

    Zurich : FIFA has told its banned leader Sepp Blatter he will have to leave his presidential apartment by February 26 when a successor is elected, a source close to the world body stated on Tuesday. The apartment in an old Zurich house that has been divided is one of the perks Blatter, 79, will lose after his eight year suspension pronounced on Monday by FIFA’s ethics court.