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Samir Nasri doping ban extended to 18 months after UEFA appeal

Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months after a UEFA appeal.

NYON, Switzerland -- Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased to 18 months following an appeal against the original six-month sanction, European football's governing body UEFA has said.

The Frenchman was handed the original suspension in February after UEFA found the 31-year-old "guilty of using a prohibited method in accordance with the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) prohibited list."

The former France international's lawyer had said Nasri was sanctioned for...

By ESPN Staff

UEFA hits Marseille with suspended European ban after crowd trouble

Fans let off flares ahead of the Europa League final between Marseille and Atletico Madrid.
The Europa League final.

UEFA handed Marseille a suspended one-year ban from European competition because of the behaviour of their fans.

Marseille will not be punished if they behave for a probationary period of two years, European football's governing body said on Wednesday.

Last season's Europa League runners-up have also been ordered to play their next European home match behind closed doors and have been fined €100,000.

They will also have to close sections of their Stade Velodrome stadium for their following...

 By Reuters

UEFA fines Galatasaray €6 million for financial fair play violation

Galatasaray

Galatasaray have been fined €6 million for not complying with UEFA's break-even requirement, the European governing body said on Wednesday.

Under a new agreement between UEFA and Galatasaray, the club will need to reach full break-even compliance by monitoring period 2021-2022, the Club Financial Control Body said in a statement on UEFA's website.

Galatasaray will need to report a maximum break-even deficit as forecast in their 2018 financial year report, it said. The maximum deficit will...

Ex-UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini: I will return to football

UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about FIFA's recent proposal of a Global Nations League.

Banned former UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to football after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing.

Platini said in a statement it's "the end of a long nightmare for my family and those close to me."

Since September 2015, the former France midfielder had the status of "between a witness and an accused person" in criminal proceedings opened against then-FIFA president...

UEFA will be tough on clubs in breach of FFP - president

Exclusive: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin tells Gab Marcotti the governing body will do everything to ensure a fair financial playing field.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he is not concerned by Financial Fair Play rulings despite the big-money acquisitions.
UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about FIFA's recent proposal of a Global Nations League.

KIEV, Ukraine -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says he has faith in the Financial Fair Play (FFP) process, which he believes treats every club the same.

In August, Ceferin said his organisation would not be a "tiger without teeth" when it came to clubs who breach FFP regulations, the set of rules that link club spending to revenues over a three-year period.

"I completely trust the division of UEFA that is taking care of it and I trust our independent bodies," Ceferin told ESPN on Friday. "We...

Match-fixing raids launched before Champions League final - Ukraine police

The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, will host the Champions League final on Saturday.

Police in Ukraine have accused most of the country's professional football clubs of match-fixing and launched a series of raids as Kiev prepares to host the Champions League final on Saturday.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said 35 clubs took part in betting scams with total profits of about $5 million a year as players and referees were threatened or bribed up to 100,000 hryvnya ($3,800) to ensure a result in 57 games.

Ahead of the game between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium,...