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Mar 25, 2015

Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons

VIENNA (Reuters) – It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open.

Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer’s governing body for a third term at Tuesday’s Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course.

Mar 25, 2015

Soccer-Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons

VIENNA, March 25 (Reuters) – It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open.

Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer’s governing body for a third term at Tuesday’s Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course.

Mar 24, 2015

Platini backs English FA’s home grown player rule changes

VIENNA (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has welcomed English proposals to make changes to their home grown player rule and said it was a problem that needed to be addressed throughout Europe.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA, issued plans on Monday which he said would help more “top quality” English players break through from the junior ranks.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Platini backs English FA’s home grown player rule changes

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has welcomed English proposals to make changes to their home grown player rule and said it was a problem that needed to be addressed throughout Europe.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA, issued plans on Monday which he said would help more “top quality” English players break through from the junior ranks.

Mar 24, 2015

Former Croatia striker Suker elected to UEFA Exco

VIENNA (Reuters) – Croatia’s all-time top scorer Davor Suker was elected to UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday and is now one of four former professional players on the European confederation’s governing body.

Suker played a key role in Croatia’s third-place finish at their first World Cup as an independent nation in 1998, ending up as the tournament’s leading marksman with six goals.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Former Croatia striker Suker elected to UEFA Exco

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – Croatia’s all-time top scorer Davor Suker was elected to UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday and is now one of four former professional players on the European confederation’s governing body.

Suker played a key role in Croatia’s third-place finish at their first World Cup as an independent nation in 1998, ending up as the tournament’s leading marksman with six goals.

Mar 24, 2015

UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini

VIENNA (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term on Tuesday and immediately told Congress delegates not to believe everything they heard about the confederation’s relationship with FIFA.

The former France international, who has been president since 2007, was handed another four-year term by delegates of the 54-member nations after standing unopposed.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term on Tuesday and immediately told Congress delegates not to believe everything they heard about the confederation’s relationship with FIFA.

The former France international, who has been president since 2007, was handed another four-year term by delegates of the 54-member nations after standing unopposed.

Mar 24, 2015

Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity

VIENNA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May’s FIFA presidential elections.

Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world football’s governing body, openly backing the men standing against him.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May’s FIFA presidential elections.

Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world soccer’s governing body, openly backing the men standing against him.