Man United ready £24million bid for Roma wideman

first_img1 Manchester United are ready to splash £24million on Roma star Alessandro Florenzi.The 25-year-old has caught the eye in Serie A this season and has attracted clubs’ interest from around Europe.The Italian, who can play at full-back or on the wing, has seven goals already this term and could be on the move this summer.Indeed, according to TMW, Manchester United are willing to pay £24m to land Florenzi.The Premier League giants have dispatched scouts to watch the Italy international in recent weeks and they’ve been impressed by what they’ve seen.Should they land Florenzi, it is reported Manchester United would deploy him as a right-back to make up for the disappointing form of Matteo Darmian. Manchester United target Alessandro Florenzi last_img read more

UEFA president Michel Platini’s ban from football reduced to four years

first_img1 Michel Platini UEFA president Michel Platini’s ban from football has been reduced from six years to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter were initially given eight years by world football’s governing body over a two million Swiss francs payment, worth around £1.4m at current exchange rates, made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.That December ruling was reduced to six years by a FIFA appeal panel in February and has now been reduced again by CAS, but the Lausanne-based court has backed FIFA’s judgement that the payment was “unfair” and a “conflict of interests”.A spokesman for Platini’s lawyer has already confirmed that the 60-year-old Frenchman will now resign as UEFA president, a position he has held since 2007.The three-man CAS panel, chaired by Italian Luigi Fumagalli, heard all the evidence in the case afresh in eight hours of testimony on April 29.Blatter and Platini have always maintained that the payment was back-pay for consultancy work the former France and Juventus star did between 1998 and 2002, and it was based on a “gentleman’s agreement”.They have repeatedly claimed that Blatter agreed to pay Platini an annual salary of one million Swiss francs, worth £700,000 now.But CAS could only find evidence of a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs and noted that the 2011 payment came more than eight years after Platini’s work at FIFA had finished, but four months before Blatter won the 2011 presidential election.CAS said “it was not convinced by the legitimacy of this payment” and said Platini also “benefited from the extension of a pension plan to which he was not entitled”.last_img read more