UEFA Events CEA Director David Taylor (L) holds up the UEFA Europen Championship Cup during its presentation in Kiev on July 20, 2011.

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Uefa president describes Taylor as 'an invaluable addition to UEFA' when he joined the governing body in 2007

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International match-fixing allegations point to referees and assistants

Ghana’s international football team was being lined up to play in games that would be rigged by purported match fixers who were actually undercover journalists, according to a report.

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Yaya and Kolo Toure train with the Ivory Coast side at the World Cup

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