Sepp Blatter, Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland
Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were charged with fraud and other offenses by Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday after a six-year investigation into a controversial $2 million payment. The 85-year-old Blatter and 66-year-old Platini now face a trial at federal criminal court in Bellinzona. “This payment damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini,” Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool coach, dies at 73
Gerard Houllier, a Frenchman who won three titles in one season as coach of English club Liverpool, has died. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson, File)PARIS – Gerard Houllier, a Frenchman who led English club Liverpool to three titles in one season following a disappointing spell as coach of France’s national team, has died. His tenure at Liverpool was far more successful, leading the Reds to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001. “Gerard Houllier was still a young man at the age of 73,” former Manchester United manager Ferguson said. After six years with the Reds, Houllier returned to France in 2005 as coach of Lyon, winning two French league titles.
Analysis: Man City court win after flawed UEFA prosecution
City fans are celebrating a squad of lawyers outsmarting UEFAs judicial machinery in extra time and saving the club from a devastating two-year Champions League ban. It is still the biggest sanction for an English club since City was fined 30 million euros in the original 2014 FFP case for overspending. Clubs across Europe made a combined profit of 140 million euros in 2018 compared to losses of 1.163 billion euros in 2009 before FFP was implemented. The CAS verdict only reinforces City fans grievances with European footballs governing body. Meanwhile, City could end an extraordinary season by lifting UEFA's biggest club prize for the first time: The European Cup.
Fresh Swiss investigation targets ex-FIFA president Blatter
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 19, 2018, former FIFA President Joseph Blatter in Moscow, Russia. According to documents Saturday June 13, 2020, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the target of a new investigation in Switzerland for suspected criminal mismanagement of soccer funds. The Swiss federal prosecution office did not immediately reply to a request for comment from the AP. The Swiss prosecution document does not directly link the timing of FIFAs $1 million payment with the general election in Trinidad and Tobago. A second Swiss criminal proceeding has been open against Blatter since September 2015 related to FIFA payments to former UEFA president Michel Platini.