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City seek stadium name deal to stem losses

Manchester City have secured permission to sell the naming rights to Eastlands in a move that could dramatically reduce the club's losses. The ground is owned by the city council and the club's board require its authority to sell the name of the City of Manchester Stadium.

Uefa threaten Serbia with expulsion from Euro 2012

Serbia will be thrown out of the Euro 2012 qualifiers if the Balkan country's fans cause any more crowd trouble, UEFA president Michel Platini has said.

Uefa reveal cost of Champions League final tickets

UEFA today admitted that ticket prices for the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28 will be the most expensive ever.

FA chairman resists urge to respond to Lord Triesman

New Football Association chairman David Bernstein is happy to resist the temptation of responding to the damning words of his predecessor Lord Triesman.

Michel Platini suggests Qatar share World Cup with other countries

UEFA president Michel Platini has called for the 2022 World Cup to be played across the whole of the Arabian Gulf rather than just in Qatar.

Platini to remain Uefa president

Michel Platini will be re-elected unopposed for another four years as Uefa president in March.

Michel Platini: 'The referee must decide, not a guy in front of a tv'

The Brian Viner Interview: The Uefa president hits out at Sepp Blatter's stance on goal-line technology, justifies the Financial Fair Play idea but says he is undecided over England's 2018 bid

England to end 2022 World Cup bid and focus on 2018

England will withdraw its candidature to host the 2022 World Cup if, as expected, the United States withdraws its bid for the 2018 event, David Dein, the international president of England's bid, said.

England set to ditch 2022 World Cup bid

England will almost certainly pull out of the bidding for the 2022 World Cup to concentrate on the 2018 tournament, bid chiefs today revealed.

Vuvuzela silenced by Europe's football body

The vuvuzela, the instrument behind the cacophonic signature of the World Cup in South Africa, have been given the red card by the Champions League and the European Championship.

Platini claims to have clipped big spenders' wings

Uefa president Michel Platini claims the governing body's new rules on spending have ended the "total anarchy" that surrounded player transfers. This summer's transfer window is expected to show another drop in spending by Premier League clubs – and that despite Manchester City's £126m spree.

Liverpool will struggle under Uefa rules says Coates

Liverpool could find it "enormously difficult" to get back into the Champions League because of UEFA's new financial rules, Stoke chairman Peter Coates has claimed.

Uefa agrees club spending limits

Uefa has approved plans to force clubs in European competition to spend only what they earn, with the body's president Michel Platini insisting they want to "protect clubs and not punish them".

Platini revives idea of FA Cup winners in Champions League

Michel Platini, the Uefa president, has relaunched the prospect of FA Cup winners qualifying for the Champions League. Platini first launched a proposal for domestic cup winners to take a qualifying slot two years ago but was forced to withdraw it after opposition from the European leagues.

Platini blames 'liberalism' for Portsmouth problems

Uefa president Michel Platini has criticised what he calls the "liberalism" in Premier League financial regulations which he claims led to Portsmouth going into administration.

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