TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER 2015
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel
Platini have been banned from all football related activities for eight years.
A federal investigation commanded by the US led to the
dismissal of the two corrupt leaders.
The pair were found guilty of dealing illegal payments of
£1.3m ($2m) between eachother.
Blatter has also been under heavy criticism after strong
allegations revealed the 2018 Russian and 2022 Qatar bids for the World Cup
were tarnished due to bribes made inside house.
US Authorities have
also charged 39 football officials for Football television and Marketing Deal bribes
excessive of £134m ($200m).
Although it is evident the pair are guilty, Sepp has
continued to state his innocence.
“If we had awarded the World Cup in 2022 to the USA,
we would not be here,” Blatter said in Italian at a meandering,
nearly one-hour news conference.
“I am not ashamed,” Blatter said. “I regret, but I am
not ashamed. I ashamed.”
The villain of the day finished by quoting the Terminator.
“I’ll be back,”
WENGERS GUNNERS HOLD OFF SKY BLUES
Arsenal are only two points away from top spot, after
defeating Manchester City 2-1 this morning at The Emirates Stadium.
Two first half goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud
was enough to hold off the Sky Blues, who made a late push before the final
The Gunners don’t have the greatest defence, but they make
up for it with their pace in the two front thirds of the pitch. City couldn’t
handle the speed from Arsenal’s midfielders, making too many crucial mistakes
for a team chasing the Premier League title.
City’s 50 million dollar man was at fault. Kevin de
Bruyne opened up the Arsenal defence going forward, and could have played a
ball into David Silva which would have been a certain goal. The Belgian decided
to shoot instead, failing to hit the target. Little did they know it would bite
them on the back side.
Despite City’s early dominance, Arsenal made use of their
chances and scored after Ozil cut a through ball into the path of Walcott who
made no mistake.
The linkup play between Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott was
almost like their brains were synonymous.
Joel Campbell and Aarom Ramsey have also been a midfield
pair which has come to light in recent weeks.
Injury concerns to City striker Sergio Aguero, who has been
battling with constant heel and hamstring problems.
City made a late push for the finish, which saw Yaya Toure
strike an absolute pearler from the edge of the box into the top left hand
The Gunners managed to hold off City in the final minutes,
and push closer to Leicester City who sit in first place on 38 points.
Arsenal play Southampton away next week, while Leicester
play Liverpool at Anfield.
Damien Duff retires from football
Two time back to back Premier League winner Damien Duff has
retired from football at the age of 36.
The Irishman’s decision to retire was due to his body’s
incapability to continue. Duff enjoyed a 20 year career which consisted of over
100 international caps for The Republic of Ireland, playing in the 2002 World
Cup and Euro 2012.
By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)
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