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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regrets At the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as president, following the tumultuous events which propelled him to the top spot in 2016. This should have been a crowning glory for Michel Platini, the former king of France as player and coach, president of Uefa from 2007 where Infantino was the general…

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the news conference in Helsinki, where Putin handed the ball to Trump, show it bore a…

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Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72

American former executive committee member was a central figure in the Fifa corruption scandal Chuck Blazer, the controversial and flamboyant American former Fifa official, has died, according to his lawyers. The cause of his death, at the age of 72, is not yet clear, but in 2013 he told a court he had rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease. The former Fifa executive committee member, who was also the general secretary of Concacaf, was a central figure in the Fifa corruption scandal. In that 2013 court appearance, he admitted…

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