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    UEFA chiefs are putting the heat on Turkey to withdraw from the race to host Euro 2028 - so the England-led bid can be confirmed as the winner. Russia was booted out of the contest leaving Turkey as the only remaining rival to the five nation British Isles bid headed by The FA. 3UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin wants Turkey to concentrate on Euro 2032Credit: Getty But with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin pulling the strings, Europe’s governing body is urging the Turks to withdraw from the race and concentrate on a bid against Italy to host the 2032 tournament. If more than one bidder remains in the contest, a final decision will be made by Uefa’s ruling executive committee, now fiercely loyal to Ceferin, in September 2023. Yet the pressure on the Turks to accept they cannot win either bid unless the Uefa leadership takes a position of neutrality for 2032 is growing. Uefa Treasurer, former Manchester United chief executive David Gill, ramped up the slow-drip of leverage as he outlined the organisation’s financial plans at this week’s Congress in Vienna....
    FA CHIEFS have abandoned the planned 2030 World Cup bid - and targeted the 2028 European Championships. The five British Isles FAs launched their feasibility study over the proposed England-led bid in 2018. That was cranked up when PM Boris Johnson gave public support for the idea and Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised £11m in funding. But senior Uefa figures counselled Wembley chiefs that a World Cup bid was doomed to failure and was unlikely to emerge as Europe’s standard-bearer, with President Aleksander Ceferin believing the joint proposal from Spain and Portugal had more chance of success. That advice prompted a rethink among the five nations. And today a joint statement confirmed that “following an extensive feasibility study”, the five associations “have agreed to focus on a bid to host Uefa Euro 2028”. The statement explained: “The feasibility study included an analysis of the economic impact, the political football landscape and likely costs of hosting major international tournaments. “On balance, the five associations have decided to focus solely on an official bid to host Uefa Euro 2028, and have agreed not...
    BRITISH FA chiefs are ready to dump the planned 2030 World Cup bid - after being given a “promise” they can host Euro 2028 instead. Uefa’s high command signalled it would ensure an England-led five nations bid WILL be handed the keys to take the next available Euros if they pull out of the contest for Fifa’s big prize. 1Uefa are big fans of Wembley The Government has backed the ongoing “feasibility study” into a British Isles bid for 2030, promising to fund it to the tune of £11m. PM Boris Johnson has pushed the bid as part of his wishes to see a “global Britain” message post-Brexit. But Uefa bosses advised senior British figures at a meeting last month that they risked failing if they pressed ahead with the World Cup campaign. The British chiefs were told that pushing for a World Cup would be “too risky” with Fifa’s leadership under President Gianni Infantino unlikely to give his influential support, despite name-checking the proposed five nation bid in October. Instead, the British associations have been given a commitment that...
    THIS is the moment Monday's Champions League draw was ruined. Bumbling Uefa chiefs wrongly drew Manchester United against Villarreal before incorrectly claiming the Red Devils could NOT face Atletico Madrid. 1Uefa wrongly claimed Man Utd could NOT face Atletico Madrid which meant the Champions League draw had to be redone The initial draw was such a farce, it eventually had to be redone later in the day. United were initially drawn against Paris Saint-Germain - setting up a mouth-watering clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. And in a comical twist of fate, Ralf Rangnick's men got Atletico once the process was followed correctly. The first gaffe came when ex-Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin pulled out United's ball to face Villarreal. But that tie could not stand as they were both in Group F and therefore not eligible to meet in the last-16. An initial redraw was ordered and United’s crosstown rivals Manchester City were then selected to play Unai Emery’s side. Most read in Premier LeagueGUNNERS LATEST Smith Rowe injury update, Wijnaldum shock interest, Southampton reactiontransfer news live Barcelona 'tracking'...
    DISGRACED former Fifa and Uefa chiefs Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been charged with fraud over £1.6million payment. The pair have been charged following a six-year investigation into a payment of 2.19m Swiss francs from Fifa to Platini. 1Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been charged with fraud over a £1.6million payment made in 2011Credit: Getty Images - Getty It's alleged Platini, 66, wrote to Fifa in January 2011 demanding a backdated salary, having worked as an adviser to Blatter between 1998 and 2002. Both Platini and Blatter - who served as Fifa president between 1998 and 2015 - deny any wrongdoing, claiming a verbal contract was in place for over 20 years. However, the pair could now face trial in a court in Bellinoza, Switzerland in a matter of months after federal prosecutors claimed the 'payment damaged Fifa's assets and unlawfully enriched Platini'. If found guilty, Blatter, 85, and Platini could face sentences of several years in jail or hefty fines. An Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland statement confirmed the charges. The OAG claim the...
    UEFA club supremos will discuss plans to axe the away goals rule tomorrow. SunSport revealed last month that Europe’s Club Competitions Committee was ready to change the much-criticised rule. 4The away goals rule in Uefa competition, which saw Spurs beat Man City in 2019, could be scrapped as early as next seasonCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Andres Iniesta famously knocked Chelsea out of the 2009 Champions League semi-finals on away goalsCredit: AP:Associated Press But a proposal for away goals to count extra in the first 90 minutes of the second leg was parked. It was felt that stopping the advantage of away goals in extra-time would be too confusing. Instead, panel members will debate scrapping the rule, originally introduced in the 1965-66 season. Uefa is understood to be 'neutral' over the proposal, which must be approved by the ruling executive committee. If club chiefs agree, it could end for 2021-22 European competitions. FIFA has opened the door for ex-players to be in the VAR room. At the moment only current and recently retired referees — in the last three years — are...
    WEMBLEY’S hopes of staging the Champions League Final were fading fast as negotiations between Uefa and the Government remained at loggerheads. SunSport has reported how Euro chiefs have decided the clash between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29 will be moved from Istanbul after Turkey was placed on the Government’s travel “red list”. 3Porto’s Estadio do Dragao is now tipped to host the Champions League finalCredit: Reuters 3UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had offered to host the May 29 showpiece but the government is reluctant to let in as many visitors and guests as Uefa wantsCredit: AP PM Boris Johnson offered to host the game in this country and Uefa chiefs identified Wembley as their preferred venue. But Uefa’s requirement for relaxed border rules to allow nearly 2,000 overseas visitors and guests to attend the game have been the sticking point in discussions. Government and scientific chiefs are reluctant to allow so many into the country without quarantine requirements of some sort. The UK was ready to give the okay for some media and broadcast outlets as well as...
    BORIS JOHNSON'S offer to stage the whole of Euro 2020 has been welcomed by European football chiefs. Wembley is already due to stage SEVEN games at the tournament, including all three of England’s opening group matches, both semi-finals and the July 11 final. 3Ten English stadiums are on standby to host the entirety of this summer's delayed European Championship But the PM’s invitation, exclusively revealed by The Sun, has opened the way for the ultimate summer of football across the country. One source told The Sun: “It is great for us that England is so keen to play its part this summer.” European football’s governing body Uefa plans to confirm the schedule for this summer’s delayed tournament by April 7. That is the date Euro bosses have ordered the current 12 planned host cities to confirm their willingness to host games. But Uefa is demanding that ALL hosts commit to staging games with fans inside grounds. The Government announced last week that all Covid restrictions will be ended from June 21, opening the way for Wembley to allow a 90,000...
    THE UK government are reportedly offering to host the entirety of Euro 2020 this summer. The Times claim culture secretary Oliver Dowden has signalled to UEFA that vaccination progress means fans in Britain will be able to attend games before the rest of Europe. 1England are set to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley this summerCredit: PA:Empics Sport And the report adds that ministers would welcome the chance to host more games, which are currently spread out across the continent, if asked. Uefa recently insisted there are no current plans to change the delayed tournament, due to be completed with the semi-finals and final at Wembley. ONLINE CASINO OFFERS: CLAIM OVER £800 IN BONUS CASH But German icon Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed last month that European football's governing body want to host the Euros in ONE country. The former striker turned Bayern Munich chief executive said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin was backing the idea of scrapping the scheduled 12-nation event in favour of a single host. Rummenigge said: “We must not forget that the idea of this special hosting of...
    THE LEAGUE Cup will have to be sacrificed if the Prem wins a battle to change the Champions League revamp. Top-flight clubs agreed at their latest “shareholder” meeting on three points of contention with the latest Uefa-led plans for a 36-team competition from 2024. 3The Carabao Cup might fall victim to the expansion of the Champions League, if the Prem gets its way over group gamesCredit: PA:Empics Sport 3Current Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 in last season's Carabao Cup finalCredit: Getty Images - Getty League chiefs will now go to Uefa seeking changes to the expansion to 225 games from 125 matches in the current competition, the access list limiting English football to five places and plans to extend the opening phase into the January each season. Premier League chiefs, instead, will argue that all the initial games - Uefa want 10 matches in the opening “Swiss model” single table phase - should be completed before Christmas, leaving January free for domestic action. But that will only be possible if teams in European action duck out...
    EMBARRASSED Uefa chiefs are now seeking the THIRD venue for Arsenal’s Europa League second leg tie with Benfica. Euro bosses announced that the first leg between the sides next Thursday would be moved from Lisbon to Rome because Portugal is on the UK 'red list' requiring ten days of hotel quarantine. 2Arsenal are still waiting to hear where they will play their Europa League second leg against BenficaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Arsenal then confirmed Uefa had agreed their 'home' leg on February 25 would instead be played at Olympiakos' Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, the port of Athens. But within hours, Arsenal were forced to delete their statement after Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced an Athens-wide lockdown would come into effect immediately until the end of the month. That will force Arsenal and Uefa to scramble to find another alternative host that will allow both clubs into the country for the tie. The latest Euro venue farce comes after Uefa announced Chelsea’s Champions League away tie with Atletico Madrid will be played in Romania, at Bucharest’s Arena Nationala. Spanish...
    Race row Romanian ref Sebastian Coltescu looks set to dodge a 10-game ban — by quitting football. Disgraced Coltescu and the rest of his colleagues were replaced by officials from Holland and Poland when the abandoned match between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir restarted for the remaining 76 minutes in the Parc des Princes. The players from both sides, who had refused to play on after Coltescu’s touchline comments to Istanbul coach Pierre Webo, warmed up wearing “No to Racism” T-shirts. They then gathered round the center-circle before the match recommenced with a free-kick for the Turkish champions. UEFA, who announced “an ethics and disciplinary inspector” had been appointed to head the urgent investigation, were relieved to get the match completed without any other incidents. But it seems that any sanction European chiefs might want to impose of Coltescu will be rendered moot as he had already announced Tuesday’s game was due to be his last before retiring. UEFA rules confirm Coltescu would be liable to be hit with the same 10-match ban as a player for racism. But the...
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