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Michel Platini vows to bring dignity back to FIFA as UEFA chief confirms he's running to succeed Sepp Blatter as president — Michel Platini announces he wants to replace Sepp Blatter at FIFA The Frenchman confirmed that he will be running for presidency Blatter confirmed he will step down on February 26 due to the corruption revelations which have damaged FIFA's reputation Michel Platini has formally announced he will run for the FIFA presidency, saying he wants to restore dignity to the world governing body.

Michel Platini announces Fifa presidency bid — The 60-year-old UEFA president has written to all 209 member associations of FIFA to inform them of his intentions to stand to succeed Sepp Blatter. Platini said in the letter: "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands.

Floyd Mayweather is suspended in mid-air during an anti-gravity workout — Floyd Mayweather has been training using ant-gravity apparatus Undefeated boxer is believed to be fighting Andre Bert in his next contest The American has again distanced himself from a clash with Amir Khan Floyd Mayweather was back in the gym and hooked up to some 'Mission Impossible'-style apparatus as he continues to keep the world of boxing guessing on his next fight.

IOC president Thomas Bach admits Rio face a big challenge in clearing Guanabara Bay for sailing events at 2016 Olympics — Next Olympic Games will take place in less than a year in Rio de Janeiro Thomas Bach admitted concerns remained at city's readiness IOC president chaired a meeting of the executive board in Malaysia Bach said organisers face a challenge to clear Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing competition at next year's Olympics Organisers of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro face serious challenges over cleaning up the bay where the sailing competitions will be held, the IOC president Thomas Bach has admitted.
Jul 29, 2015

Rio 2016 Olympicvs faces big challenges including cleaning up filthy sailing venue, admits IOC president:…

WADA chief slams spectators' treatment of Chris Froome at Tour de France — Chris Froome became the first Brit to win the Tour de France twice Team Sky rider was subjected to abuse, which included being doused by urine and spat at, by a few spectators following allegations of doping WADA head Sir Graig Reedie has critcised the winner's treatment The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has criticised the treatment handed out to Tour de France winner Chris Froome by a small number of spectators.

Sir Craig Reedie urges Los Angeles to replace Boston as United States' bid city for 2024 Olympics — Boston withdrew from the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games US Olympic Committee is on the search for a replacement city Sir Craig Reedie says that Los Angeles should step forward to host Los Angeles should step in as the United States' bid for the 2024 Olympics to replace Boston, according to Britain's IOC vice-president Sir Craig Reedie.
Jul 28, 2015

Los Angeles is better + more cost-effective choice to be US bid to host 2024 Olympics says IOC's Sir Craig Reedie:…

Michael Platini to run for Fifa president, favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter — Platini, the UEFA president, held further talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg at the weekend and is now confident he has the support necessary to win. It is understood a letter to national associations declaring his intentions has already been prepared ready to send out when he announces his candidacy.

Pressure grows on FIFA to appoint fully independent leader for reform task force — An independent figure from outside Europe should be appointed as head of the FIFA reform task force Michel Platini has pushed for someone completely independent of FIFA Swiss businessman Domenico Scala has ruled himself out of the running Pressure is growing for a fully-independent figure from outside of Europe to be appointed as the head of the new FIFA reform task force.

Roy Hodgson questions contract delay as FA tell England manager his future will be decided after Euro 2016 — England manager Roy Hodgson questions uncertainty over new contract His position will be reviewed after European Championships next summer Hodgson hasn't discussed future with FA chief executive Martin Glenn He fears delay may cause a torrent of speculation ahead of Euro 2016 England paired with Scotland in qualifying for World Cup 2018 Roy Hodgson wants to lead England on their World Cup qualifying campaign and has questioned whether it is correct for the Football Association to delay a decision on his future until after Euro 2016.

England vs Scotland World Cup 2018 qualifier date announced

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Jul 29, 2015

Platini's Qatar WC support not an issue for FA who are backing him to the hilt for FIFA presidency:…

Jul 29, 2015

@RobHarris @PJHECN I think the Germans beat them to it... (and 2026 going to USA anyway...)

Jul 29, 2015

@RobHarris @PJHECN if Prince William decides to run it might be a bit embarrassing for Greg Dyke!

Jul 29, 2015

German FA chief Wolfgang Niersbach: Platini + I have different view in awarding of 2022 WC to Qatar but it doesn't spoil good relationship

Jul 29, 2015

FA chairman Greg Dyke backs Platini: "We hope he can gain global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history"

Jul 29, 2015

Demoralised in Doncaster to 1st Wembley Cup final: the peaks + troughs of women's game via @JacquiOatley + @AlexScott…

Jul 29, 2015

A week is a long time in football - and three weeks is twice as long...…

Jul 29, 2015

Platini claims share of credit for 1) banning keepers handling back pass 2) changing offside rule so striker level with defender is onside

Jul 29, 2015

@EKMaverick only because he was giving Qatar the thumbs up anyway before the meeting with Sarkozy

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