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Platini absolved by Swiss prosecutor of all concerns over "disloyal payment"

By Keir Radnedge
BERN, May 26, 2018 - Michel Platini, banned from world football and denied a shot at the FIFA presidency, has been cleared by the Swiss justice authorities over his involvement in the ‘disloyal payment’ farrago.Lawyers for Platini, former captain then manager of France and subsequently 1998 World Cup organising supremo, have reportedly received a formal letter to that effect from Swiss public prosecutor Cedric Remund.A report in Le Monde quoted the letter as stating: “We confirm that this procedure is not conducted against your principal, Michel Platini. We can also confirm that your principal ...


USSI, Italian sports media call for heightened security measures after latest attack on photographers in Turin

By Mimma Caligaris
TURIN, May 25, 2018 - Juventus Stadium in Turin was the setting of yet another serious incident involving sports media. Following the match between Juventus and Verona on Saturday 19 May, in the final round of the Serie A, eight journalists who had left their cars in the stadium's reserved car park were faced with a bitter situation.The tires of their vehicles had been slashed and one colleague, Alberto Ramella was confronted by a band of criminals who threatened him and stole the trolley he was carrying containing all his photography equipment. A double blow not only due to ...
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Russia 2018: Brace up Italy, summer is coming

By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam
MILAN, May 24, 2018 - Over the past week, Gianluigi Buffon, Inter Milan and Palma Calcio 1913 hogged the headlines as the curtain fell on the 2017/18 Serie A season.A teary Allianz stadium in Torino witnessed an emotional farewell for the legendary Buffon – often regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time - in his final appearance for seven-time league champions Juventus after 17 illustrious years at the club. Inter Milan made a dramatic return to the UEFA Champions League after being absent for six years following an action-packed comeback win at Lazio which saw them swap places ...


Olympic Channel debuts official trailer for the People's Fighters as part of Five Rings Films series

MADRID, May 24, 2018 - The Olympic Channel on Thursday released the official trailer and artwork for its newest feature documentary - The People’s Fighters. The second film in the Five Rings Films series chronicles 50 years of unprecedented Cuban boxing success through the legendary careers of Teofilo Stevenson and his gold-medal winning countrymen. Stevenson, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, famously turned down a million-dollar offer to fight Muhammad Ali and turn professional in favour of his beloved homeland. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Patriots ...
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