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Michel Platini will not stand for Fifa presidency

Uefa president Michel Platini has ruled out standing for the Fifa presidency.

Michel Platini. Credit: Reuters

Platini, 59, was rumoured to be preparing to challenge current president Sepp Blatter in next year's election.

He previously said Fifa - which has been blighted by corruption allegations - needed a "new breath of fresh air".

But former France international told Uefa officials at a meeting in Monaco that he had opted against standing as he wanted to concentrate on leading European football's ruling body instead.

Goal-line technology to be used in UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goal-line technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Credit: PA

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 used by FIFA at the World Cup for the first time.

"I have spoken to UEFA president Michel Platini who said he will introduce goal-line technology at the next European Championship in France in 2016", said Blatter, once an opponent of the system himself.


Man City: Uefa transfer fine is 'compromise agreement'

Manchester City have defended their action over transfers but said they have accepted Uefa's £49m fine as part of a "compromise agreement" with European football's governing body.

The recently crowned Premier League champions said there had been a "fundamental disagreement" over the interpretation of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations on players bought before 2010.

Manchester City said the new 21 player Champions League limit matched the number the club used in last season's campaign. Credit: Press Association Images

The club statement also played down the implications of Uefa's squad restriction and spending limits that were handed down along with the fine.

City said it had no plans to exceed a £49m net limit on new players this summer and said the "existing MCFC business plan" anticipated a "natural decline" in the club's wage bill.

The club said it only used 21 players in last season's Champions League, so already adhered to the newly enforced limit.

Man City fined £49m by Uefa over financial rules breach

Manchester City players and fans celebrate winning the 2013/14 Premier League title. Credit: PA

Manchester City have received a €60m fine (£49m), of which €40m is suspended, for breaching financial fair play regulations, UEFA has announced.

The side will have their Champions League squad reduced to 21 players as part of their punishment.

City also agreed to "significantly limit spending in the transfer market for seasons 2014/2015 and 2015/2016," according to a statement released by European football's governing body.

Head of Uefa's Financial Fair Play dies at 73

Former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene. Credit: Reuters

Former Belgian Prime Minister and the Uefa boss in charge of Financial Fair Play Jean-Luc Dehaene has died aged 73.

Dehaene, who was involved in the foundation of the European Union treaty and was premier of his nation during the 1990s, is believed to have been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

His latest role was chief enforcer of Financial Fair Play, a scheme aimed to prevent excessive spending among top-flight football clubs.

Multi-million pound settlements with clubs like Manchester City, which were deemed to have broken the rules, were expected to have been announced this month.

Man City face £49m Uefa fine over financial rule breach

Manchester City are facing a possible fine of £49m for breaching rules on financial fair play.

The Premiership club may also have to limit their squad for next season's Uefa Champions League to 21 players, rather than the usual 25.

The manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pelligrini. Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

City will strongly challenge the sanctions handed out by European football's governing body and the club has until the end of the week to come to an agreement with Uefa.

The punishments relate to new rules that limit the amount of money a club can post as a loss each season.


Man City fail UEFA financial fair play test

Manchester City and French club Paris St Germain have both fallen foul of new financial fair play rules set by European footballs governing body Uefa.

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The clubs now have to decide whether to accept a fine from Uefa or to appeal and risk a bigger punishment if they are unsuccesful.

Under the rules, clubs were only allowed to post losses of £37 million over the last two years.

How the new Nations League will work

UEFA has announced a major change to international football with a new Nations League signalling the end of most international friendlies.

Although the format for the new league has yet to be finalised, here is how it should work:

  • Nations League will start in September 2018 and offers a route for four teams to qualify for the European Championships, which take place every four years
  • 54 European nations are split into four groups based on rankings, with teams competing for promotion and to avoid relegation from their group
  • Each group is split into four pools, each with three or four teams. There will be between four and six pool games between September and November 2018
  • The four pool winners from the top group will play each other in a 'Final Four' mini-tournament in June 2019 to crown the league champions
  • There will also be a separate round of play-offs involving the pool winners in March 2020, with one team from each big group going through to the European Championships
  • The majority of teams will still qualify for Euro 2020 via the main qualifiers, which will begin in March 2019

UEFA to scrap 'most international friendlies'

Spain celebrate victory at the Euro 2012 football championship Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The new Nations League will mean the end of 'most international friendlies' between European teams, European football's governing body Uefa has announced.

Uefa said friendlies were widely felt to not be 'providing adequate sporting competition' because of their non-competitive status.

Under the new format It is expected that countries will be divided into four large groups based on their international ranking, with teams fighting for promotion within each group.

Uefa to introduce new Nations League competition

Spanish players celebrating winning Euro 2012 Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Uefa has voted to introduce a new Nations League competition from 2018 with successful sides from the tournament involving national teams able to earn places at the Euro 2020 finals.

Although the exact format has yet to be finalised, four slots at the 2020 European Championship will be made available from the new competition for sides that may have not advanced through the usual qualifying route.

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