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Fifa hoping to impose lifetime ban on Michel Platini

FIFA's ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.

Platini is under investigation for corruption. Credit: PA

UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA's ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.

A spokesman for Platini's lawyer Thibaut D'Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee's investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.

It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA's ethics committee refused to comment.

Platini could be facing a lifetime ban from Fifa. Credit: PA

French sports daily L'Equipe reported D'Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a "pure scandal" and "disproportionate" and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini's hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.

D'Ales added: "This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.

"In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate."


Toulouse too good to turn down for Richie Gray

Richie Gray couldn't resist the lure of Toulouse. Credit: PA

Scotland lock Richie Gray admits the chance to sign for French giants Toulouse was too good to turn down after agreeing a four-year deal with the former European champions.

The towering 6ft 9ins second-rower will leave Castres for their Top 14 rivals at the end of the season.

The former Glasgow forward said:

This was a very difficult decision to make, I have loved my time in Castres, the club and the supporters have made my time here very special and I will leave with very fond memories.

However the opportunity to play for one of Europe's most successful clubs, steeped in history, is an incredible one for me. When I met with the club they described their ambition and I felt this was the right move for me, to challenge myself in what is a very strong squad.

I still have seven months here at Castres, I will give everything I can to the club in hope of achieving top six and then who knows.

My goal for now is to leave Castres on the best possible note, I will give everything I can to the club, the players and the coaches.

– Scotland lock Richie Gray

Spurs star Eriksen shows off his skills on Instagram

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Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen couldn't resist some keepie-uppie action as he relaxed at home after Sunday's win over West Ham.

The Danish international impressed once again as Tottenham stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 12 matches with a convincing 4-1 victory.

Clearly unimpressed with what Crystal Palace and Sunderland dished up on Monday Night Football, he treated followers to some textbook close-control with a small-size football.

Eriksen and his Spurs team-mates travel to Azerbaijan for a Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday before Sunday's Premier League meeting with Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

David Haye confirms boxing comeback in January

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has announced he is to return to the ring in January with a bout against Australian Mark de Mori at London's O2 Arena.

Haye couldn't resist another fight. Credit: PA

The 35-year-old Briton held a press conference at the venue on Tuesday to deliver the news of what is set to be his first fight since he beat compatriot Dereck Chisora in July 2012.

In 2013 Haye withdrew from proposed clashes against Manuel Charr and Tyson Fury due to injuries, with surgeons advising him following a shoulder operation on the latter occasion to seriously consider retiring.

But he refused to give up on a comeback which has now been scheduled for January 16th and will see him take on a man two years his junior in De Mori.


Hull captain Michael Dawson ruled out for a month

Championship leaders Hull will be without skipper Michael Dawson for up to a month due to a hamstring injury.

Dawson will be out for around one month. Credit: PA

The Tigers have responded brilliantly to relegation, with Steve Bruce's side currently top of the standings following an impressive 11-match unbeaten run.

Much of that success has been down to City's sturdy defence - the best in the Championship - but that could be destabilised by an injury to key man Dawson.

The former Tottenham captain had to be taken off 37 minutes into Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bristol City and the club have confirmed the 32-year-old could now be out for a month.

A statement on the club's official website said:

Scans have confirmed that Michael Dawson sustained a grade two hamstring injury during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

The injury is expected to keep Dawson out of action for three to four weeks.

– Hull City statement

Dani Alves refuses to answer Radio Marca question

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Dani Alves compared himself to Jose Mourinho as he refused to answer any questions from a Radio Marca journalist this week.

The Barcelona defender was fulfilling media duties ahead of the Champions League match against Roma, when the microphone was passed onto a reporter from the Madrid-based sports station.

"Radio Marca?" Alves asked, as the journalist began delivering his question, before he said:

"Pass your turn. No Marca or AS. So that I don't waste your time. I'm like Jose Mourinho, I only talk to your boss."

Arsenal boss promises to target Europa League glory

Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side would take the Europa League seriously if they drop out of the Champions League.

Wenger would go all out to win the Europa League. Credit: PA

The Gunners entertain Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night with their hopes of progressing from Group F hanging in the balance after three defeats from their opening four games.

Arsenal know they must win to keep any chance of getting out of the group stages alive, but even then anything other than a victory for Bayern Munich over Olympiacos in Germany would see Wenger's side eliminated.

They could finish third and drop into the Europa League, a competition which has been treated with disdain by a number of English clubs in the past but Wenger would follow in the footsteps of clubs on the continent.

He said:

We would take the competition seriously - but we are not out (of the Champions League) yet.

I believe that this problem is exaggerated a little bit in England because we play Wednesday and Saturday, so it is the same as Thursday and Sunday. I can't see the difference.

There are plenty of examples in Portugal and Spain where teams have taken it seriously and won the championship. Benfica are the example, Sevilla have done well.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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