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Platini to stand for re-election

UEFA president Michel Platini is to stand for re-election, he announced today.

David Davies: Blatter-style leader can end mess at Soho Square

The former acting chief executive of the FA says an elected head is needed in order to avoid a repeat of this week's events

Watmore resignation stuns FA

Chief executive's decision highlights divisions between FA and the Premier League

Platini wants more referees on the pitch

UEFA president Michel Platini is continuing to campaign for more referees on the field in football.

Platini wants to 'protect' English clubs from debt

UEFA president Michel Platini has outlined plans to "protect" English teams from spiralling debts.

Platini: Domenech will go if France miss finals

The Uefa president, Michel Platini, believes the France coach Raymond Domenech will stand down if Les Bleus fail to qualify for the World Cup.

Six referees add up to one huge confusion

Platini's plan to tackle diving with two extra officials on the field makes its bow tonight. Mark Fleming unpicks the riddle of how it's all meant to work

Platini takes Scottish hand off tiller in Uefa shake-up

Former SFA chief Taylor leaves general secretary's role to head up marketing

David Taylor set for marketing switch

Scottish influence at the heart of UEFA - something criticised by Arsene Wenger during the Eduardo case - is set to diminish after an announcement today that general secretary David Taylor is to head the governing body's new marketing company.

Arsenal to fight back in row over Eduardo

Club prepares dossier to challenge controversial Uefa ruling over 'diving' incident

Manchester United and Chelsea have 'made offers' for Ribery

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona have made offers for France playmaker Franck Ribery.

James Lawton: Three cheers for Everton – a team that makes you proud to be English

Apart from underlining his brilliant body of work at Everton over the last seven years, David Moyes performs a wider service to "English" football this weekend when he busts into the elite FA Cup semi-final party at Wembley.

Platini eager to avert Hillsborough clash

Uefa president Michel Platini has promised Liverpool that European football's governing body is doing all that it can to avoid scheduling a Champions League tie on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Michel Platini: European football clubs may be in danger of financially imploding

Professional football is no more a financial service than it is an agricultural activity.

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