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The Football Association has withdrawn its support for Michel Platini's bid for Fifa president while ethics proceedings against him take place.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

UEFA want Blatter to leave swiftly

Blatter will come under pressure from UEFA. Credit: PA

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will come under pressure to agree to an early date for the election of his successor at the first meeting of the world governing body's executive committee since the corruption crisis exploded.

The meeting in Zurich on Monday will allocate the date for a special Congress to elect a new president after Blatter's announcement last month that he will step down.

That decision followed mounting pressure on FIFA following a series of arrests, including of seven FIFA officials in Zurich, following an FBI investigation and separate probes by Swiss authorities into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

There were also revelations of bribes paid for votes for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and increasing concerns from FIFA's sponsors.

Blatter has stated he wants to remain in office until the new election, to be held between December and March, but UEFA wants the 79-year-old to step down as soon as possible, and by December at the latest.

A likely date of the FIFA election looks to be in mid-January - UEFA had been pushing for December 16 but that would clash with FIFA's Club World Cup competition in Japan.


Millennium Stadium to host Champions League final

Uefa has confirmed that Cardiff will host European football's biggest game. Credit: PA

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the Champions League final in 2017, Uefa has confirmed.

The executive committee of European football's governing body convened in Prague for a meeting which touched upon on a variety of subjects, including the appointment of club competition final venues in two years' time.

Cardiff has long been reported to be among the frontrunners for the 2017 Champions League final and the Millennium Stadium was confirmed as host by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Tuesday.

Sepp Blatter: Will not forget Uefa 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he will not forget the "hate campaign" launched against him by Uefa, who have led calls for him to resign.

Sepp Blatter: will not forget Uefa 'hate campaign' Credit: Patrick Seeger/DPA/Press Association Images

Uefa president Michel Platini personally asked Blatter to resign over the corruption scandal, and appealed for members to vote him out at yesterday's closely watched election battle.

Blatter told Swiss TV station RTS

It is a hate that comes not just from a person at Uefa - it comes from the Uefa organisation that cannot understand that in 1998 I became president." Asked if he would forgive Platini.

I forgive everyone but I do not forget.

– Sepp Blatter

He suggested the timing of a police swoop at a Zurich hotel on Wednesday, when seven Fifa football officials were arrested in connection with decades of alleged rampant corruption and fraud, was "an attempt to interfere with the congress."

He added: "I am not certain but it doesn't smell good."

Gill will not take Fifa role after 'damaging' Blatter re-election

David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his role on the Fifa executive committee after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as President.

David Gill Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

As I explained to my European colleagues at the Uefa meeting on Thursday, I will not be taking my place on the Fifa Executive Committee. Out of respect for the Fifa Congress and the other 208 member associations, it was right to wait until after yesterday's election to confirm my decision.

This action is not something I take lightly but the terribly damaging events of the last three days have convinced me it is not appropriate to be a member of the Fifa Executive Committee under the current leadership. I do recognise that Mr Blatter has been democratically elected and wish Fifa every success in tackling the many troubling issues it faces. However, my professional reputation is critical to me and I simply do not see how there will be change for the good of world football while Mr Blatter remains in post.

I will continue to focus on my positions within The FA and Uefa, which I take seriously and am privileged to hold.

– David Gill statement
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