Michel Platini

Uefa President Michel Platini renews call for sports police

Michel Platini

Uefa president Michel Platini renewed his call for the formation of a European sports police force yesterday, telling delegates at the opening of the Uefa Congress he was upset that his appeal for one had been ignored for six years.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 5:12am

Michel Platini wants Uefa nations to standardise rules on tackling racism

UEFA Boss Michel Platini. Photo: AFP

Uefa is seeking to implement Europe-wide rules on tackling racism at football matches, the president of European soccer's governing body Michel Platini revealed following a string of high-profile incidents this season, particularly in Italy.

17 May 2013 - 6:01am

Credibility of match officials put at risk

UEFA president Michel Platini. Photo: AFP

The politicking of Uefa president Michel Platini, with his persecution of technology and promotion of additional assistant referees, has the side effect of biasing match officials.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

Lionel Messi wins Fifa's Ballon d'Or award for fourth consecutive year

Argentina star Lionel Messi picks up Fifa's World Player of the Year award for a fourth consecutive time in Zurich. Photo: AFP

Spain bathed in glory yesterday after Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or for best footballer of the year for a record fourth time in as many years, cementing his claim to be one of the greatest players of all time.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Soccer scores a hi-tech goal

The saying that if it isn't broken, don't try to fix it is generally good reason to think twice before doing so. But if there is a popular perception that something needs fixing it probably does. A case in point is the world game. There is no argument that that is what soccer is, with grass-roots participation and global television audiences.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Memo to Platini: No reason to fix what's not broken

The balloon went up over Eastern Europe on the eve of the final in Kiev. Thankfully, it was a giant hot air model in the shape of the ultimate prize, the Henri Delaunay Cup, and signalled the imminent battle between Italy and Spain for European dominance. It loomed large over the VIP and Uefa Club's white hospitality tents and the Olympic Stadium.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Expect grand end to glittering tourney

And so to final day. Tonight we shall all shuffle over the precipice and - depending on your team colours (sorry, I don't believe anyone is going into this humdinger as a neutral) - we shall tumble cheering or commiserating into the history books.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

If nothing else, the 2009 AFC Congress proved that Mohamed bin Hammam is one of football's great survivors.

Confronted with the biggest challenge of his seven-year Asian presidency, he faced off against a formidable rival, endured a barrage of personal abuse and saw many of his closest allies turn against him before squeaking home by two votes to hold on to his Fifa seat.

10 May 2009 - 12:00am

'Punters from Asia corrupting the game'

Platini wants to rein in region's big gamblers

Uefa president Michel Platini yesterday called on Hongkongers and other big-time Asian gamblers to stop betting millions on European games and help save football from the scourge of match-fixing.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

'Rooney', Platini count down to 2008

When a young Rooney lifted the European championship trophy yesterday, the gutted England fans present could only once more shake their heads and mutter another bucket of bile about sacked Three Lions manager Steve McClaren and his pampered squad of overpaid underachievers.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Giresse to star in Soccer Sevens

French great Alain Giresse will join a cast of stars at the Philips Lighting Soccer Sevens at Hong Kong Football Club on May 25-27. Giresse, 54, will line-up with former French teammate Manuel Amoros and Uruguay international Enzo Francescoli, who was nicknamed 'The Prince', for the Marseille All Stars in the Masters tournament.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Pele and Maradona

1 What is Pele's real name?

2 At what age did Diego Maradona make his international debut for Argentina?

3 In which year did Pele play his last professional football match: a) 1973

b) 1975 c) 1977?

4 For which club did Maradona play in the 1992-93 season?

5 What landmark did Pele's goal in the 1970 World Cup final achieve?

11 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ball Watching

England matches continue to be an adventure. Well, they do for fans based in Hong Kong trying to see the games live, anyway.

13 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Commonsense returns as refs keep cards where they belong

The name Kim Nielsen is unlikely to figure among the footballing heroes of France 98, but he deserves recognition as a man who helped put the 16th World Cup back on track.

Nielsen is the Danish referee in charge of the excellent Group F match between Germany and Yugoslavia at Lens, where he did what the best match officials do: he let the players play.

24 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Platini show hit by Nigerian delay

Organisers of this month's Carlsberg Cup Lunar New Year series have accused Nigeria of disrupting their plans because they delayed in confirming their participation in the annual soccer extravaganza.

8 Jan 1998 - 12:00am