UEFA

  • UEFA bans Red Star Belgrade from Champions League 06-06-2014 10:12 PM

    Nyon: UEFA has barred Serbian title winner Red Star Belgrade from next season's Champions League for not paying their debts. The 1991 European Cup winner was judged "in breach of a number of provisions of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations," UEFA said in a statement. Clubs...
  • Real and Atletico face UEFA charges over European final 28-05-2014 09:03 AM

    Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are facing disciplinary action over their behaviour during the Champions League final in Lisbon, UEFA said on Tuesday. Atletico coach Diego Simeone faces a hearing after he ran on to the pitch and was sent off by the referee near the end of extra time,...
  • UEFA, Europol team up to fight match-fixing 27-05-2014 07:43 PM

    Nyon: UEFA has signed a working agreement with Europol, which says it is involved in nine investigations of organized crime syndicates linked to match-fixing. Europol director Rob Wainwright says it is supporting police services across Europe in the cases. No details of the investigations were given at a signing ceremony...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo fit but Benzema, Pepe doubtful for Champions League final 24-05-2014 10:50 AM

    Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid but forward Karim Benzema and centre back Pepe remain doubtful, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Ronaldo, who has a record 16 goals in the latest edition of Europe's elite club competition, has had...
  • Atletico Madrid bid to outwit Real Madrid in Champions League final 24-05-2014 08:32 AM

    Atletico Madrid have a chance in Saturday's Champions League final not only to claim their debut European crown but to deny their loathed and vastly wealthier neighbours Real Madrid a record-extending 10th. Atletico have already outperformed this season in securing a remarkable La Liga triumph, shattering the domestic dominance of...
  • Big spending PSG, Manchester City punished for excessive losses 17-05-2014 10:19 AM

    Manchester City and Paris St Germain, two of the newly rich clubs in European soccer, have been fined up to 60 million euros ($82.23 million) and had their squads capped for next season's Champions League after breaching UEFA's financial rules. As part of their settlement with UEFA, Premier League champions...
  • No hurry for Financial Fair Play decisions, says UEFA 13-05-2014 10:14 PM

    Turin: UEFA says there is no hurry to announce punishments for clubs, including Paris St Germain and Manchester City, that have breached new rules designed to make soccer more financially stable. Nine clubs, which UEFA has not named but that sources close to the process have said include City and...
  • PSG, Manchester City face squad caps, fines over FFP breaches 06-05-2014 04:47 PM

    London: Paris St Germain and Manchester City face fines of 60 million euros ($83.3 million) and limits on their Champions League squads for next season for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, a source close to the process told Reuters on Tuesday. UEFA said last week that nine unnamed clubs...
  • Bayern look to count on home advantage for Real Madrid clash in Champions League 29-04-2014 09:45 AM

    Bayern Munich seem to be going through a bumpy ride right in the crucial part of the season. Dominant until a few weeks ago, Pep Guardiola's team has been less-than-convincing in some recent matches. In the Champions League, Real Madrid take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the...
  • No clubs facing European expulsion: UEFA president Michel Platini 24-04-2014 04:21 PM

    No club will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more than they generate, comes into effect next season with a maximum...
  • 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:...