Michel Platini

  • Ribery could face three-match ban if doesn't answer France call up, says Platini September 8, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini has warned Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery that he could be banned for three matches at club level under FIFA rules if he doesn't answer a call up for France. Platini tells Bild am Sonntag magazine "Ribery can't just decide himself whether he plays for France or...
  • Goal-line technology to be used at Euro 2016, says Sepp Blatter June 28, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goal-line technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Platini, the former France midfielder and national coach, has been a staunch opponent of the system in his seven years as UEFA chief. The system is being...
  • Michel Platini backs possible 2022 football World Cup re-vote June 5, 2014

    Paris: European soccer chief Michel Platini, one of the most prominent figures to vote four years ago to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has called for the vote to be held again if allegations of corruption in Qatar's bid are proved. World soccer governing body FIFA is investigating the...
  • Platini says 'somebody, something' out to hurt him June 5, 2014

    Paris: Michel Platini says "somebody, something" is out to discredit him. The UEFA president told sports newspaper L'Equipe he's hurt by British media reports that cast doubts on his links to now disgraced Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam. Platini said: "For a year now, everything is being done to discredit me." He added,...
  • UEFA, Europol team up to fight match-fixing May 27, 2014

    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 with...
  • No clubs facing European expulsion: UEFA president Michel Platini April 24, 2014

    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 penalty...
  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini March 27, 2014

    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 Reuters...
  • Michel Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards December 5, 2013

    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 would...
  • 2013 Ballon d'Or vote toughest in history: Michel Platini December 4, 2013

    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 to...
  • UEFA chief Platini calls for 40 team World Cup October 28, 2013

    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 four...
  • Qatar has 'problems to solve' ahead of World Cup: Platini October 21, 2013

    Paris: UEFA president Michel Platini has urged Qatar to solve its "problems" ahead of the 2022 World Cup which will be played in the Gulf state. "It's a gift that was made to the Qataris," the Frenchman told Canal Plus in an interview aired on Sunday. "But there are problems and they...
  • Michel Platini 'not losing sleep' over FIFA presidency September 20, 2013

    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 September 20, 2013

    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: Armenia...
  • Michel Platini to decide on FIFA top job during or after World Cup September 17, 2013

    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...
  • Goal-line technology has opened Pandora's box, says Platini August 30, 2013

    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' August 30, 2013

    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 irks...
  • Platini to soon decide on FIFA presidential run August 28, 2013

    Paris: UEFA President Michel Platini says he could announce next month whether he'll run to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA. Platini says he'll "certainly say something in Dubrovnik," the Croatian city where UEFA will hold its next executive committee meeting on September 19-20. In an interview in Wednesday's L'Equipe, Platini...
  • Sepp Blatter drops hint he plans to stay on as FIFA president May 3, 2013

    Kuala Lumpur: FIFA president Sepp Blatter dropped a hint he plans to stand again for another four year term as the head of world soccer's governing body during a speech to AFC delegates in Malaysia on Friday. Blatter had said he planned to step down from office at the end...
  • Terry reignites racism row fallout at UEFA event April 19, 2013

    London: The bitter fallout from English football's high-profile racism case resurfaced on Friday in front of UEFA President Michel Platini as John Terry refused to shake hands with the man who stripped him of the England captaincy. The snub came at an event in London where European champion Chelsea were handing...
  • Platini admits Euro 2016 qualifiers will be less interesting March 28, 2013

    Sofia: UEFA president Michel Platini has acknowledged that the Euro 2016 qualifying competition will be "less interesting" with nearly half the teams involved set to progress to the 24-team finals in France. Platini said that the format would continue to involve six-team groups, however up to three teams per group could...
  • Shared World Cup is crazy, says AFC candidate March 7, 2013

    Michel Platini's idea that Qatar share the 2022 World Cup hosting rights with its Middle East neighbours was "crazy", UAE soccer chief Yousuf Al Serkal told Reuters on Thursday. UEFA president Platini has long called for soccer's showpiece to be shared by the tiny Arab state and that the tournament should...
  • Champions League has killed off other competitions: Platini March 2, 2013

    Berlin: The Champions League has "killed off" other competitions but UEFA has no plans for change, European soccer boss Michel Platini said on Saturday as he also again criticised Qatar over the 2022 World Cup. The wealth generated by the prestigious Champions League in Europe has meant the Europa League,...
  • Qatar must hold World Cup in winter, feels Platini March 2, 2013

    Berlin: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be held in winter in order to protect players and fans from searing desert heat, European soccer boss Michel Platini said on Saturday. The finals were awarded to Qatar by world governing body FIFA in 2010 and are due to be held...
  • FIFA to propose tougher sanctions for racist abuse February 15, 2013

    Zurich: FIFA aims to approve tougher sanctions for racist abuse at football matches when its 209 member nations meet in May. FIFA president Sepp Blatter led a meeting Friday of its Strategic Committee, which included UEFA President Michel Platini and discussed combating racism and match-fixing. Blatter has previously said that points deductions...
  • Anti-corruption advisers challenge FIFA to change February 8, 2013

    Geneva: FIFA's anti-corruption advisers urged President Sepp Blatter's executive committee on Friday to "demonstrate leadership" and not undermine efforts to reform football's world governing body. The advisory panel published a slate of "fundamental" modernizing steps ahead of key meetings to shape what FIFA's 209 member countries can vote for at...
  • UEFA to appeal for tougher sanctions on Serbia December 26, 2012

    Nyon: UEFA will launch an appeal against all the sanctions imposed by their independent disciplinary on Serbia and England following the fighting and fans' racism during their under-21 match in October. The Football Association of Serbia was fined €80,000 ($105,000) and ordered to play one under-21 home match in an empty...
  • Goal line technology a waste of millions of euros: Platini December 12, 2012

    Kuala Lumpur: Even as world body FIFA seems to slowly embrace goal line technology, UEFA chief Michel Platini rejected it insisting it is unnecessary waste of millions of euros. Platini, on a visit to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) house in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, simply replied "No" when asked if...
  • UEFA President Platini sticks to his guns on technology December 11, 2012

    Kuala Lumpur: UEFA President Michel Platini remains ardently opposed to the use of goal-line technology, which is being employed by FIFA for the first time at the Club World Cup, and said on Tuesday the money would be better spent developing the game. The technology was employed in Thursday's...
  • Platini pushing for multi-country Euro 2020 November 14, 2012

    Berlin: European soccer's governing body UEFA is going ahead with a proposal for a Euro 2020 tournament hosted by half a dozen countries and not the usual one or two, Germany's UEFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday. Zwanziger, who was formerly head of the German Football Association...
  • 'Serbia could face tough sanctions over racism' October 23, 2012

    Paris: Serbia could face tough sanctions from UEFA's disciplinary committee after racism again marred a football game in the country last week, president Michel Platini said on Tuesday. England Under-21 defender Danny Rose complained after a Euro qualifier in Serbia last week that he had been racially abused and the British...