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Platini Suspended by FIFA Ethics Committee

Oct 08, 2015
Platini suspended from FIF vice presidency

(Ooh, just a little bit..) R-E-S-P-E-C-T Really?? (AFP/Getty Images)

The news about not just Sepp Blatter but Michel Platini suspended as well by FIFA Ethics Committee came as a surprise for many sports fans.

The Euro 2016 qualifiers reached a crucial stage and UEFA President Michel Platini suspended – as FIFA vice president, online mobile news report. He is still active in his position at the governing body of European football, though he was handed a 90-day long suspension together with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

This comes after the Blatter corruption charges emerged recently and it is speculated that Platini might have played a part in disloyal payments too. It is useful after all to hold several high positions, especially if you are a key member in an organization that is so full of shit strongly associated with corruption and suspicious activities like FIFA.

When the FBI and the Swiss authorities launched an attack on FIFA leaders earlier this year, there was a feeling that Blatter’s reign could finally be over. This will come eventually, and though he insisted to hold his position until next year’s election, the suspension brought an early end to his time at the top of international football.

The Guardian: Issa Hayatou to be acting Fifa president following suspension of Sepp Blatter

 
Platini had the shortest odds to become the next FIFA President, but this suspension virtually took him out of the race. (If the FIFA ethics committee extends his suspension with the available 45 days, he would have five days for his campaign…)

Blatter and Platini suspended from FIFA

Blatter took the big fall, but the Ethics Committee wouldn’t let Platini take advantage

Though Platini criticized Blatter several times, many followers of live sports results speculated that he was so close to the Swiss sports leader that the Frenchman’s appointment would basically extend the current period full of wrongdoings. The process in which the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosting was allocated to Russia and Qatar respectively is also investigated. Platini was involved in those decisions as well.

And it is also interesting that Platini’s homeland, France was granted the UEFA Euro 2016, virtually the only hosting that was determined during his reign as UEFA president (he was inducted into his office early 2007, a couple of months before the UEFA Euro 2012 was granted to Poland and Ukraine).

If he would face corruption charges as FIFA vice president, would he be still recognized as an immaculate and trustworthy sports leader at the helm of the UEFA? And what does his “ban from all football-related activities” mean as UEFA president? Who will run the organization as the Euro 2016 qualification is reaching its climax, with Platini suspended?

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Platini FIFA President Run: The UEFA Boss Is the Favorite

Aug 01, 2015
Michel Platini FIFA president

UEFA president Michel Platini has only one higher position to aim for in football (Photo: AFP)

The Michel Platini FIFA President run was launched officially as the UEFA leader confirmed that he will run for Sepp Blatter’s position.

The FIFA presidency will soon be vacated, as many who follow sports scores count the days. After Platini revealed his desire to lead international football’s governing body, he is considered as the favorite to win the next election, gambling news report. Platini is 1.53 (8/15) top dog at Bet365, while his major challenger, Prince Ali Al-Hussein’s victory is priced at 4.00 (3/1).

Some of his opponents consider Platini as the protégé of Sepp Blatter. They argue that Platini’s presidency won’t bring any major changes into the corrupt world of FIFA. Others think that his strong criticism of Blatter was inappropriate and this might hurt his chances in Africa. However, all this might not be enough to confirm his supporters to vote against him.

UEFA.com: Michel Platini FIFA president?

 
UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed that he will run for the FIFA presidency in the organization’s next election. He considers this decision as a major point in his life, and launching the Platini FIFA president run might affect the future of international football indeed, according to several gambling blogs.

Michel Platini FIFA president ambitions

Yes, you! Vote for me, and we turn things around! (Photo: AP)

Platini wrote a letter to all the 209 FIFA members’ representatives. He said, “There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.”

He went on, “During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents. This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change. However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.”

Platini also added that he wants to transform FIFA to an organization where everyone respects the diversity of the game around the world. He also emphasized that he cannot succeed alone. The election will be held at FIFA’s extraordinary congress in Zurich, February 2016.

Timeslive.co.za: Africa won’t have Michel Platini FIFA President

 
France might have strong connections with Africa. These relations might be even stronger regarding football than other aspects of life. However the continent’s football representatives are yet to become enthusiast about the Michel Platini FIFA president run. Leader of the Liberian Football Association, Musa Bility went as far as to say Platini’s presidency would be unacceptable.

Musa Bility wont have Platini FIFA President

The Liberian FA president, one of Blatter’s cronies is confident he will defeat Platini (BBC)

He said, “Platini would not represent change, he has been a FIFA vice-president for eight years. He should not replace Sepp Blatter, it would be unacceptable.” Bility revealed that he will also stand for the presidency. However, according to experts of gambling facts, it might be hard for him to be nominated by the minimum of five associations before next year’s election.

Even Platini’s friend, Jacques Anouma, the former president of the Ivory Coast football association, expressed that he won’t support Platini by default. He said, “I do not deny the excellent relationship I have with Michel Platini as I have with many other leaders of world football. However I would like to advise that I will side with the decision of CAF to safeguard the interest of African football.”

By criticizing Sepp Blatter, Platini might worsen his situation in Africa, where the Swiss sports leader remains extremely popular. Abedi Pele, former vice president of the Ghana federation and three-time African world player of the year said, “His harsh words against Blatter were not right. He could have disagreed in another way.”

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Maradona to Run for FIFA President

Jun 24, 2015
Diego Armando Maradona aims to be the next FIFA president

Diego Armando Maradona aims to be the next FIFA president

Victor Hugo Morales, a Uruguayan writer, who is a close friend of Diego Maradona, revealed that the Argentinian footballing genius told him that he will run for the FIFA presidency in the next election. Sepp Blatter, who has been leading international football’s governing body since 1998, announced his resignation earlier this month after the FIFA corruption scandal escalated. The FBI and the Swiss authorities are also investigating the organization and several former leaders were arrested in connection of the bribe cases. Maradona, a regular critic of Blatter and his regime, stated recently that he was pretty much enjoying the ongoing FIFA scandal.

 

The Guardian: Diego Maradona to stand as candidate for Fifa presidency, say reports

 

After the FIFA scandal escalated to an extent where even Sepp Blatter had to resign, Diego Maradona, who is known for criticizing international football’s governing body for long, decided to run for the presidency in the next election, online gambling news report.

Maradona told Uruguayan journalist Victor Hugo Morales, who is famous for his commentary of Maradona’s goal against England from 1986, that he was a candidate for the presidency. Maradona also authorized Morales to let the press know about his intentions. Followers of sports scores might recall that Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela recommended the nomination of the 54-year-old former Argentina captain earlier in June.

This is not the first time that a previous world class player from South America applied for the presidency of the FIFA, as the late Zico from Brazil also pursued an interest to lead international football. However he failed to gain support from five national federations, which is a must if someone wants to run for the presidency.

 

Telegraph.co.uk: Diego Maradona ‘ready to stand for Fifa president’

 

Diego Maradona reportedly plans to replace Sepp Blatter as the president of the FIFA. Victor Hugo Morales, a journalist from Uruguay, stated that the previous world class player told him about his intentions on Sunday. Morales initially called the former Argentina captain to check on his sick father’s condition, online mobile news report.

“He told me he was going to run for president of Fifa and authorised me to inform,” Morales posted on his social media account. He also added, “I am a candidate’ were the two words Diego Maradona used to answer me when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of Fifa.”

FIFA corruption investigations forced Blatter to resign. (Photo: The Telegraph)

FIFA corruption investigations forced Blatter to resign. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Maradona and Morales hosted a TV show together presenting the 2014 World Cup for a Venezuelan channel last year. Maradona had been criticizing Sepp Blatter long before the FIFA corruption scandal erupted, and he expressed that he was enjoying the torture of the leaders of international football’s governing body.

 

sports.yahoo.com: Maradona’s road to FIFA presidency filled with obstacles

 

Diego Maradona reportedly revealed that he intended to run for the presidency of the FIFA, somehow stunning many followers of live sports results. To become an actual candidate, he needs to be nominated by at least five national associations and to pass an integrity check.

Victor Hugo Morales, a close friend of Maradona stated that the former Argentina captain informed him about his plan to run for the presidency. After Sepp Blatter spoke about his resignation, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro named Maradona as the ideal person to replace the Swiss sports leader.

Can Maradona get enough support to become the new FIFA president? (Photo: Yahoo)

Can Maradona get enough support to become the new FIFA president? (Photo: Yahoo)

It would be a surprise however if several members of the FIFA opted to back such a controversial person to represent international football just after a scandalous period ended. Maradona probably couldn’t even manage to get the support of his native country as his relationship with the Argentinian federation wasn’t very good recently.

However, Cuba and Venezuela seems to be countries where he is welcomed by leading politicians, though it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will automatically get the nod from their respective national associations.

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FIFA in Trouble After Arrests Linked to Alleged Corruption

Jun 01, 2015
FIFA is under investigation

FIFA is under investigation

U.S. and Swiss authorities run investigations about corruption cases regarding FIFA, international football’s governing body. The announcement of the investigations came after the United States and Switzerland set extradition agreements and nine present and former FIFA leaders were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday. Many pundits and fans envision that these are the last days of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is looking for his fifth term on the top of international football. There are also calls for radical changes within the FIFA to continue to work as a trustworthy organization.

The Guardian:Fifa in crisis: Blatter faces calls to resign, as sponsors express ‘disappointment’

After the arrests of FIFA leaders in Zurich, Switzerland, Visa, the organization’s sponsor intends to review its deals with the International Football Federation. Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA and Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona are amongst, who once again call for the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

On Wednesday, US prosecutors accused FIFA officials and sports media executives of bribes engaging more than USD 150 million in 24 years. Blatter is looking for his fifth term as the president of FIFA before the elections this week, however many who follow sports scores doubt that the organization can continue to operate in this form.

Dyke expressed that this is definitely the time for the 79-year-old sports leader to say goodbye. He revealed, “Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in FIFA – there is no way of re-building trust in FIFA while Sepp Blatter is still there.”

The New York Times:After Indicting 14, U.S. Vows to End Graft in FIFA

United States federal prosecutors stated that at least one vote was clearly bought in 2004 when soccer’s governing body decided about the hosts of the 2010 World Cup. Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, who was amongst the voters back then, allegedly sold his ballot to the country with the best offer, gambling news report.

His vote went eventually to South Africa, in exchange for a payment of USD 10 million to an organization administered by Warner, according to American officials, who also claim that he used most of the money personally. The prosecutors stated that this was a routine move at FIFA since decades, using terms for the leaders of international soccer usually kept for Mafia families and drug cartels.

The Justice Department and prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York expressed that their investigation basically just started, and their aim is to clean international soccer from the systematic corruption that characterized it for decades.

ESPNFC.com:FIFA crisis, Sepp Blatter’s future — what you need to know

US prosecutors claim to have identified at least twelve different corruption patterns while investigating the International Football Federation. They have also indicted 14 FIFA present and past officials and sport marketing executives. Swiss officials announced that they are investigating now the decision procedures about hosting the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

The U.S. Department of Justice set extradition agreements with the Swiss authorities, who arrested the FIFA leaders gathered to the Congress held in Zurich. The Swiss Attorney General, probably synchronizing his steps with the DOJ, revealed their ongoing but entirely separate investigation on Wednesday afternoon, once the arrests were carried out.

The U.S. got involved after possible wrongdoings were found regarding CONCACAF, the North and Central American Football Federation based in Miami. Online mobile news also report that people and companies involved in the corruption transferred the bribe money through the United States or through companies incorporated in the United States.

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