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  • Bayern Munich ban two British tabloids from Man Utd return leg 03-04-2014 07:40 PM

    Munich: Bayern Munich will not accredit reporters of English tabloid newspapers The Sun and Daily Mirror for a Champions League return leg against Manchester United over what the treble winners call offensive reporting after their 1-1 draw this week. Bayern host United next week in the return leg of the...
  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini 27-03-2014 06:06 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday that he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency. The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer's top job next year, but he told...
  • Bayern ordered to partially close stadium against Man Utd 24-03-2014 06:42 PM

    Munich: Bayern Munich have been ordered to close part of their stadium for the Champions League match at home to Manchester United next month for "discriminatory behaviour" by their supporters, UEFA said on Monday. Bayern will have to shut "Sector 124" of the Allianz Arena for the quarter-final second leg...
  • UEFA charges Zenit for fans burning German banner 20-03-2014 11:45 PM

    Nyon: Zenit St. Petersburg face further UEFA action after fans burned a German banner at a Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund. UEFA says the charges relate to "setting off of fireworks and improper conduct of supporters." UEFA's disciplinary panel will judge the latest case involving Zenit on May 14....
  • Only 37,000 Champions League final tickets to go to fans 10-03-2014 11:43 PM

    More than one-third of the 61,000 tickets for the Champions League final in Lisbon on May 24 will go to officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality. "A total of 37,000 tickets for the stadium capacity of 61,000 are available to fans and the general public," UEFA said in a statement on...
  • UEFA opens investigation after Manuel Pellegrini's rant 20-02-2014 10:22 PM

    Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA opened an investigation on Thursday following Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's outburst against the referee who oversaw his team's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona this week. Pellegrini said after the first leg of their round of 16 tie that referee Jonas Eriksson "decided the game" when...
  • Pellegrini risks UEFA action with ref outburst 19-02-2014 11:56 AM

    Manchester: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini risks UEFA disciplinary action after an outburst on Tuesday against the referee who oversaw their Champions League loss to Barcelona, questioning his partiality and competence. A rare measured voice in the turbulent world of English football since arriving last year, Pellegrini finally lost his...
  • Hull boss Bruce hits out at "ridiculous" UEFA rules 18-02-2014 05:25 PM

    Hull City have been ordered to stage their FA Cup fifth round replay with Brighton and Hove Albion just two days after they meet Cardiff City in the Premier League, much to the frustration of manager Steve Bruce. A late Yannick Sagbo strike salvaged a 1-1 draw for Hull against...
  • Manchester City post loss of more than USD 85 million 29-01-2014 10:21 PM

    London: Manchester City lost more than $85 million in a year, exceeding the amount allowed under UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules. The Abu Dhabi-owned club announced on Wednesday that it lost 149.5 million pounds ($248 million) between 2011 and 2013, the first FFP monitoring period. UEFA is only allowing losses...
  • Alex Ferguson appointed to UEFA coaching role 24-01-2014 06:41 PM

    Nyon, Switzerland: UEFA has appointed Alex Ferguson to oversee its coaching programs. UEFA President Michel Platini says the former Manchester United manager will be chairman of its elite club coaches' conference held each September. Ferguson says "it is an honour and a privilege to accept this role." Ferguson retired last...
  • Messi misses out on UEFA's team of the year 16-01-2014 12:14 AM

    Lionel Messi, who lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo this week, has failed to make the Team of the Year picked by users of European soccer governing body UEFA's website. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo were picked as forwards in the team which was dominated...
  • Michel Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards 05-12-2013 10:47 PM

    Barcelona: European soccer chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards to be replaced by a rugby-style system of sin bins. Platini, the president of governing body UEFA, said on Thursday he would also like the winner of national cup competitions to be rewarded with a place in the Champions League. "I...
  • 2013 Ballon d'Or vote toughest in history: Michel Platini 03-12-2013 07:24 PM

    Madrid: UEFA president Michel Platini says the choice between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery for the Ballon d'Or "is the most difficult in the history of the trophy." In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner from France also joked about FIFA's decision...
  • UEFA chief Platini calls for 40 team World Cup 28-10-2013 10:12 AM

    UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented. Europe currently provides 13 of the 32 teams at the finals, compared with five from Africa and...
  • UEFA slammed by players' union over Toure abuse 24-10-2013 08:23 PM

    The world players' union has criticised European soccer's governing body UEFA for failing to enforce its own guidelines on racism following the abuse hurled at Manchester City's Yaya Toure in Moscow. FIFPro said that UEFA's match officials failed to act after Toure was racially abused during the Champions League clash...
  • UEFA charges Ajax for fan violence at Celtic 23-10-2013 08:20 PM

    Nyon: Ajax is facing UEFA sanctions after fans ripped out and threw seats during their team's 2-1 loss at Celtic in the Champions League. UEFA says the Dutch champion is charged with "crowd disturbances and throwing of objects." The disciplinary case will be judged on Nov. 21. Scottish media reported...
  • Two Europa League clubs punished for racist abuse 22-10-2013 05:59 PM

    Nyon: UEFA has punished Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia and Croatian club HNK Rijeka for racist behavior by fans at Europa League matches. UEFA says a section of APOEL's stadium will be closed when it hosts Bordeaux on November 7. APOEL were also fined 45,000 euros ($61,500) for a range of...
  • UEFA punishes Lazio with empty stadium order 05-10-2013 12:35 PM

    Nyon: UEFA has ordered Lazio to play a Europa League match in an empty Olympic Stadium because of further racist chanting by fans. UEFA says the Rome club was found guilty for its fans' "racist behavior" and displaying an "inappropriate banner" when it hosted Legia Warsaw on Sept. 19. The...
  • Michel Platini 'not losing sleep' over FIFA presidency 20-09-2013 07:20 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini is not losing sleep over whether to bid for the presidency of FIFA in two years' time, he said on Friday. The Frenchman added that the ball was in FIFA's court concerning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after UEFA's 54 member federations agreed this week...
  • Thirty-two countries bid for Euro 2020 20-09-2013 03:00 PM

    Thirty-two countries have shown interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020, UEFA said on Friday. The tournament will be staged at 13 cities around the continent. The candidate nations must submit their full bid dossier by April when they must also choose their host city. UEFA said the countries were:...
  • UEFA members back winter World Cup in Qatar 19-09-2013 10:13 PM

    Dubrovnik, Croatia: UEFA's 54 member countries support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, even though the rest of European football is not ready to agree on anything before consultation with FIFA. Clubs, leagues and players' unions which join national federations in the Professional Football Strategy Council declined...
  • Michel Platini to decide on FIFA top job during or after World Cup 17-09-2013 02:28 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said that he will make a decision on whether to run for FIFA presidency next year at the earliest. "I have not yet decided what will I do in the future, and I want to have a few additional months to think," he told UEFA...
  • Referees face intense scrutiny in Champions League 13-09-2013 11:42 AM

    Nyon: With a World Cup waiting at season's end, Europe's top referees know they are under intense scrutiny when the Champions League starts next week. UEFA wants its match official teams to get more offside decisions correct after high-profile errors in its marquee club competition last season. Also, a new...
  • Europe set to agree strategy on 2022 WCup switch 10-09-2013 09:19 PM

    Geneva: Leading clubs expect UEFA to decide next week on European football's position in the debate about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to a different time of year. European Club Association Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge cautioned on Tuesday to proceed "carefully" when the discussion is scheduled...
  • La Liga sets record for player sales: study 06-09-2013 10:01 AM

    Madrid: La Liga clubs earned more from player sales in the close season than any league in history, including a record amount from selling talent to rivals abroad, according to a study published on Thursday. The figures compiled by Barcelona-based Prime Time Sport underlined how Spanish top-flight teams, excluding wealthy...
  • Mourinho says best team lost after Super Cup defeat 31-08-2013 09:31 AM

    Prague: Chelsea coach Jose Mourninho said the better team lost the UEFA Super Cup on Friday and he bemoaned his bad luck for playing another big match with 10 men following his team's shootout defeat by Bayern Munich. The German side gained revenge for their 2012 Champions League final defeat...
  • Bayern beat Chelsea in penalty shootout to win UEFA Super Cup 31-08-2013 08:21 AM

    Prague: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty by substitute Romelu Lukaku to give Champions League winners Bayern Munich a 5-4 victory over Chelsea in a shootout on Friday to claim the UEFA Super Cup, after the game finished 2-2 following extra time. Ten-man Chelsea looked on the verge of victory...
  • Goal-line technology has opened Pandora's box, says Platini 30-08-2013 06:05 PM

    Monte Carlo: The use of goal-line technology has opened a Pandora's box in football and encouraged demands for other forms of electronic aids to be used, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Friday. "I told you from the start I was against this technology, because then we will have offside...
  • Platini says player transfer system equal to 'robbery' 30-08-2013 05:00 PM

    Monte Carlo: UEFA president Michel Platini described the current soccer transfer system as robbery on Friday and said he would like to see it revamped. "I think transfers are robbery," the former France captain told a media conference. "Today, the player is more a product than a player and that...
  • Mourinho, Guardiola renew rivalry in Super Cup 30-08-2013 09:11 AM

    Prague: Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho renew their rivalry on Friday when Bayern Munich and Chelsea meet in the UEFA Super Cup, giving both coaches an opportunity to win a first piece of continental silverware with their new clubs. When Guardiola and Mourinho were coaching Spanish giants Barcelona and Real...