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Platini wants secret World Cup report to be made public

Platini and Blatter disagree on publishing Garcia's report. Credit: PA

UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to calls for a secret report into World Cup bidding to be made public.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls to publish the report by FIFA's independent investigator Michael Garcia - saying any decision is out of their hands and would threaten witness confidentiality.

Platini joins a number of fellow FIFA executive committee members including Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce - and Garcia himself - in calling for the report to be published.

The UEFA president said in a statement: "As long as the regulations of the FIFA code of ethics regarding the actual investigation are respected, I support the publishing of the Garcia report.

"I have no issue with the findings and recommendations of the report being made available to the public."

The decision to publish now rests German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who is considering the report and will announce his findings in November.

Russia won the bid for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 tournament.


Fifa fines Argentina for pre-World Cup Falklands banner

Argentina's FA has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs (£19,444) by Fifa after members of the national team stood with a banner claiming the Falklands as Argentine before a World Cup warm-up match.

The political banner was unfurled before Argentina beat Slovenia 2-0, with Lionel Messi scoring the second goal. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

Several players from the team that went on to lose the tournament's final to Germany stood behind the banner reading "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine") before a friendly win against Slovenia in Buenos Aires on June 7.

Real Madrid announce signing of World Cup star

Rodriguez celebrates scoring for Colombia during the World Cup. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have announced the signing Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez in a big-money deal with French club AS Monaco.

Rodriguez not only top-scored at the World Cup in Brazil but also scored the goal of the tournament with a stunning volley against Uruguay.

Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-old, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of €80m (£63m), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

James Rodriguez strike voted best goal of World Cup

Colombian striker James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay has been voted the best goal of the World Cup, Fifa has announced.

The Monaco midfielder, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, also won the Golden Boot after netting five times at the tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

He beat off competition from the Netherlands' Robin van Persie, whose impressive header against Spain was voted the second best goal.

MATCH: Charges against Whelan 'will be rebutted'

The hospitality company MATCH said that any charges brought against a British manager of the firm will be "rebutted".

Ray Whelan, the British manager of the hospitality firm is being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales.

He handed himself in to a judge in Brazil this evening.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge Credit: Sports Inc/Sports Inc

A statement by MATCH said: "MATCH remains absolutely confident that any charges raised against Ray will be rebutted."

MATCH admitted that offering the packages for cash was "highly unusual" but that it was "permitted under the various terms and conditions".

The company also said that Whelan was unaware that MATCH had put a block on Fofana buying any more packages or tickets.


Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as manager of Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as manager of Brazil, the national football federation announced on the Confederations website,

The 65-year-old stood down as the World Cup hosts could only finish fourth, having been thrashed in their semi-final 7-1 by Germany.

The statement said:

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The resignation was accepted by president Marin, who was keen to thank all the coaches and players and, by extension, the Brazilian fans for their support throughout the World Cup campaign.

Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.

– Brazil's national football federation

Brit in World Cup ticket touting probe hands himself in

The British manager of a hospitality firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has handed himself in to a judge in Brazil.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge. Credit: PA

Ray Whelan who runs Match Hospitality had been sought by police investigating the illegal resale of VIP World Cup tickets at hugely inflated prices.But when they tried to arrest him four days ago he was not at his Rio de Janeiro hotel.

Match, a Fifa partner firm, had exclusive rights to sell VIP tickets for the World Cup and Whelan denies any wrongdoing.

Having turned himself in to judge Rosita Maria de Oliveira Netto he is expected to be questioned by police shortly.

New 'four-star' Germany shirt sells out hours after win

A new German football shirt with four stars has sold out within hours of the team's fourth World Cup triumph.

Adidas' website said the shirt, costing 84.95 euros (£62), was currently not available.

The company, which is expected to get a "small extra boost" after Germany's win, later said they would be flying in new ones from China to meet the demand.

Mario Gotze's extra-time volley helped Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win their fourth World Cup and first since 1990.

Sepp Blatter 'surprised' at Lionel Messi Golden Ball win

Sepp Blatter admitted he was "surprised" to see Lionel Messi voted the World Cup's best player.

Messi picked up the Golden Ball award after Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in the World Cup final.

Lionel Messi picked up the Golden Ball award after his side's defeat last night. Credit: Reuters

The 27-year-old scored four goals in the tournament, but failed to add to his tally in the knockout phase and was unable to influence the game against Germany.

"I was a little bit surprised to see Messi coming up as the best player in the competition," the Fifa president told a press conference.

Argentine Diego Maradona earlier said his compatriot did not deserve to win the accolade, claiming the decision was influenced by "marketing" decisions.

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