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Goal-line technology to be used in Uefa finals

Uefa will use goal-line technology at both finals. Credit: PA

Goal-line technology will be used during this season's Champions League and Europa League finals.

UEFA's executive committee met on Friday at the governing body's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland where it was decided the technology should be used for the showpiece matches, which will be played in Milan on May 28 and in Basle on May 18 respectively.

A decision had already been announced in January that the technology would be in place for Euro 2016 this summer and in next season's Champions League from the play-off round onwards. At that time UEFA also said it would look at the feasibility of introducing goal-line technology from the group stage of the Europa League starting in 2017-18.

2016 Champions League final ticket allocation revealed

This season's two Champions League finalists will be allocated just 20,000 tickets each for the game at the San Siro, Uefa has announced.

Barcelona and Juventus received a similar allocation last season. Credit: PA

The home of AC Milan and Inter Milan has a capacity of 71,500 for the final of Europe's premier club competition and will stage the match on Saturday, May 28.

However, supporters from the two clubs who reach the final will make up little more than half the total attendance after some tickets went on sale on Tuesday.

Uefa confirmed each finalist would receive 20,000 tickets for the contest and a further 6,000 would be made available to the general public via Uefa's official website, with tickets in four price categories ranging from 440 euros (£343) to 70 euros (£55).

The governing body said the remaining 25,500 tickets would be designated to the "local organising committee, Uefa and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme".

Last year, when the final between Barcelona and Juventus was hosted in Berlin, the two clubs also received 20,000 tickets each amongst a capacity crowd of 70,500. In 2014 in Lisbon Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were allocated just 17,000 tickets each for a game staged in front of a 61,000 capacity crowd.


Platini continues to be paid by Uefa despite ban

Michel Platini will be paid his salary by Uefa "until further notice" despite having been banned from football-related activity for eight years, the European governing body has revealed.

The confirmation comes after it was revealed that outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who has also been banned, will receive his Fifa salary until the election of his successor on February 26.

Platini will carry on being paid. Credit: PA

Uefa said it would not disclose suspended president Platini's salary, nor that of general secretary Gianni Infantino.

A Uefa statement said: "Mr Platini is receiving a salary from Uefa, and will continue to do so until further notice. Individual salaries are of a confidential nature and therefore are not disclosed."

Platini and Blatter were banned for eight years last month by Fifa's ethics committee over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011 - he and Blatter said it was to settle an oral agreement made nearly 13 years previously when he worked as Fifa's technical advisor.

Platini to avoid punishment for attending awards ceremony

Platini is banned from "all activity" within the sport. Credit: PA

UEFA president Michel Platini looks set to avoid punishment for attending a football awards ceremony in Dubai even though he is banned from "all activity" within the sport.

Last week Platini was barred from football for eight years after being found guilty of receiving an improper payment of two million Swiss Francs (£1.36million) from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who received the same punishment. Both men are appealing the decision.

In the meantime, Platini has been pictured attending the Globe Soccer Awards by the Dubai Sports Council.

When asked about the Frenchman's appearance at the awards ceremony, FIFA said its disciplinary committee was "monitoring the situation", but would not intervene "for the time being".


FA withdraws support for Michel Platini's bid for Fifa presidency

The Football Association has withdrawn its support for Michel Platini's bid for Fifa president while ethics proceedings against him take place.

In a statement, the FA said while it wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting the charges against him and clearing his name, it has learnt "more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini’s lawyers", which it says it cannot make public. It is this new information that has led the FA to withdraw its support.

As a result of learning this information, The FA Board has on Friday morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini's candidature for the FIFA Presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.

– FA statement

UEFA 'fully supports' Michel Platini, Windtner says

Michel Platini is appealing a 90-day suspension by FIFA's Ethics Committee Credit: Reuters

European football body UEFA "fully supports" Michel Platini, Austrian FA President Leo Windtner said after a meeting with all 54 national associations.

The former captain of the French national team hopes to be a candidate for FIFA president in February, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee but is appealing the decision and denies any wrongdoing.

Following the meeting at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, UEFA urged FIFA to "work rapidly" on a decision about the merits of the case by mid-November.

We support Michel Platini’s right to a due process and a fair trial and to the opportunity to clear his name.

We strongly call on all instances involved in the current process: FIFA’s Ethics Committee, FIFA’s Appeal Committee and ultimately the Court of Arbitration for Sport to work very rapidly to ensure that there is a final decision on the merits of the case by, at the latest, mid-November 2015.

– Statement by UEFA's Executive Committee and 54 national associations

Uefa to decide whether to back banned president Platini

European football authority Uefa will decide whether to continue backing its President Michel Platini on Thursday, as its member nations meet in the wake of his suspension from football.

Uefa will meet today to discuss a plan of action after Michel Platini's ban. Credit: Reuters

The former captain of the French national team was handed the 90-day ban alongside Fifa President Sepp Blatter and several other senior figures as the global football body investigates allegations of high-level corruption.

Platini - who has led Uefa unchallenged for eight years - has appealed the suspension imposed by Fifa's ethics committee last week, described it as "farcical" and the allegations against him "astonishingly vague".

Two weeks earlier, Switzerland's attorney general's office initiated criminal proceedings against Blatter in relation to a £1.4 million payment from Fifa to Platini in 2011 - nine years after the Frenchman completed a spell working for the Fifa President as an adviser.

Uefa initially said its executive committee stood "fully behind" Platini despite the ban, but its 54 member associations will now discuss the body's next move at the summit in Geneva.

One possible course of action could be to push for a postponement of Fifa's Presidential elections, for which Platini handed his nomination papers hours before receiving the ban.

Currently scheduled for 26 February, a delay could potentially give Platini the opportunity to prove his innocence before campaigning begins in earnest.

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