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Michel Platini questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar

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Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged corruption relating to the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, according to reports.

French legend Platini was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for a series of breaches.

Mediapart claim Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar.

He is said to have been taken to the premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

Qatar was named as the hosts of the World Cup in December 2010 but there have been a number of controversies regarding their suitability.

Allegations of corruption within FIFA raised questions over the legitimacy of the bid from Qatar.

Former vice-president Jack Warner claimed an e-mail had been publicised amid allegations Qatar had ‘bought’ the Wold Cup – although the bid team have denied any wrongdoing.

Platini was tipped to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before both were banned from football from four years.

The Frenchman was banned for receiving a £1.35m payment from FIFA on Blatter’s orders and has served three-and-a-half years of a four-year ban.

He continues to deny any wrongdoing and is taking legal action over defamation and false accusation.

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Diawusie Agyemang scores as Dynamo Dresden wallop HB Køge in friendly

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Ghanaian forward Diawusie Agyemang scored one of the goals when SG Dynamo Dresden thrashed HB Køge in a pre-season friendly.
The German third-tier side beat the Danish second division outfit 5-1 at the AOK PLUS Walter Fritzsch Academy.

Agyemang opened the scoring of the fixture in the 26th minute with a brilliant finish.

Christoph Daferner, Marco Hartmann and Simon Gollnack got the other goals for the hosts on Wednesday.
It is the fifth straight victory for Dynamo Dresden in the pre-season. 

Agyemang joined them this summer after leaving FC Ingolstadt.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

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Board member for Accra Hearts of Oak, Frank Nelson Nwokoro has said the club will not force players to play for them

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We won’t force players to play for us – Hearts board member Frank Nelson

This is coming on the back of media speculations that some players will be shown the exit door in the next transfer window.

Setting the records straight, Frank Nelson noted that there are no ongoing contract renewal talks with any of Hearts of Oak player.

“There has been no information on the contract expiration and renewal of the certain players”, the board member told Sikka FM.
He continued, “If a player decides not to play for hearts, it won’t be a big deal. No player will be forced to play for hearts. There is freedom of movement. We can only engage them in contract talks.

“We are appealing to our supporters to have trust in the board. The project is progressing very well”.

Meanwhile, Accra Hearts of Oak has in the last 24 hours completed the signing of teenage striker Isaac Mensah from lower division outfit Nkoranza Warriors.

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Leeds United promoted to Premier Lea

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After 16 years away from the English Premier League, Leeds United have been welcomed back.
Their place in the top flight for next season was confirmed by West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Friday.

Leeds will now be crowned champions if Brentford does not beat Stoke on Saturday or the Whites then take a point from Sunday’s visit to Derby County.
Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa has led the Yorkshire side to promotion in his second season in charge after finishing third in the Championship in 2018-19.
Even allowing for the enforced break because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a campaign where Leeds have never really looked like repeating mistakes of previous seasons and they have not been outside the top two since November.

They had seemed set to win promotion last season only for back-to-back defeats by Wigan and Brentford to leave them third behind Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, before a dramatic 4-3 play-off semi-final defeat by Derby.

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