At Thursday’s UEFA meeting, the future of accused president Michel Platini was discussed. From the DW sports desk, Mark Meadows explains why the European Football Association still backs the Frenchman.
The biggest football federations made a lot of promises in 2016, including increased transparency, integrity and separation of powers. But as DW's Sarah Wiertz sees it, not much has really changed.
Already suspended from football for 8 years, UEFA's Michel Platini has formally thrown in the FIFA presidential towel. Previously, he had insisted he would fight for the position, even after his banishment.
Germany's football association has said that it will support Alexander Ceferin in the upcoming UEFA presidential election. He is one of three candidates vying to replace Michel Platini.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini lost in their appeals, but received a lifeline from FIFA on Wednesday. Both of their bans were reduced by two years, though both intend to appeal their suspensions further.
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