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Chris Gayle hit 92
on debut at Somerset
to set up a three-
wicket win off the last
ball, against Essex on
"I don t believe
should get a series
for getting a series
sake. I dont think
proven in recent
times that he is still
a good enough
player to be playing
for the West Indies."
Former West Indies
fast bowler and cur-
rent analyst Michael
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Former Fifa vice president Jack
Warner has renewed his criticism of
the United States, where he faces
corruption charges, based on a story
by satirical website The Onion.
In an eight-minute Facebook video,
Warner holds up a printout with The
Onion headline: "FIFA Frantically
Announces 2015 Summer World Cup
In United States."
Warner asked "if Fifa is so bad why
is it the US wants...the World Cup?"
Warner points out that Fifa is "the
very same organisation they (the US)
are accusing of being corrupt. That has
to be double standards."
The fake story was published on
Wednesday, hours after Warner was
indicted in the US and arrested in
Warner asks why the story was
"two days before the Fifa election"
when Sepp Blatter was re-elected as
LONDON---In the buildup to the
Champions League final, Lionel Messi
and Andrea Pirlo could be overshad-
owed by a star of the showpiece 30
years earlier: Michel Platini.
As Barcelona and Juventus descend
on Berlin to contest European soccer s
annual extravaganza on Saturday, the
UEFA president will be formulating
the continent s fightback against Sepp
Blatter s Fifa.
Platini, a European Cup winner with
Juventus in 1985 who helped Blatter
first get elected in 1998, has put UEFA
on a direct collision course with Fifa
in what he says is a mission to restore
credibility to the sport.
Platini and UEFA led efforts to oust
Blatter from power, supporting chal-
lenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jor-
dan in Friday s election, but the 79-
year-old Swiss official extended his
17-year grip on power. Blatter s victory
came despite some of his close allies,
including Fifa vice presidents, being
arrested in Zurich ahead of the congress
as part of an American investigation
into soccer corruption.
Platini will now lead a UEFA meeting
in Berlin on Friday to discuss their next
move: begrudgingly put up with four
more years of Blatter or seriously
threaten a European exodus from Fifa.
English soccer leaders have been
long-standing critics of Blatter and are
hoping for action from Platini.
"It does require real leadership and
Mr Platini has now got to stand up,"
English FA chairman Greg Dyke told
the BBC on Sunday. "He stood up and
criticized Sepp Blatter. He s now got
to lead the opposition."
A World Cup boycott does not
appear to be a credible threat without
the weight of the game s powers behind
"If we could get ten large countries
to do the same thing then I think you
could have a big impact," Dyke said.
German federation president Wolf-
gang Niersbach, a new member of Fifa s
ruling executive committee, cautioned
that "boycotts are always a bad
"I don t see that it helps us Euro-
peans to boycott the (Fifa) executive
committee," Niersbach told German
newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
Blatter warned on Saturday of the
main potential consequence of a UEFA
boycott: players deserting Europe s
wealthy leagues to ensure they could
continue playing for national teams.
In a Swiss newspaper interviewed
published on Sunday, Blatter pointed
out: "Europe couldn t even get together
its own candidate."
Dutch football federation president
Michael van Praag and Portugal great
Luis Figo withdrew their candidacies
a week before the poll, leaving Prince
Ali as the UEFA-backed challenger.
Blatter s daughter, Corinne, weighed
in to defend her father s integrity on
Sunday and questioned why Platini
ducked out of contesting the presi-
"How can UEFA, who say they are
the strongest confederation, not put
up a candidate?" Corinne Blatter told
the BBC. "If (Platini) was serious about
it he should have (stood)."
Platini s plans were derailed, though,
when Blatter reneged on a 2011 pledge
to step aside at the end of his four-
"If he had kept his promise and rec-
ommended that his protege Platini
should be his successor, a clean tran-
sition would have been possible," Niers-
bach said. "We wanted change---we
did not achieve that aim. Now we as
Europe must watch that we keep to a
clear line and of course we will continue
to work closely together in UEFA on
"We must, for example, watch out
that we do not lose power in the ExCo
because the number of members from
other continents is increased. We must
now deal with the situation and consult
again as UEFA before the Champions
The soccer world will also be watch-
ing to see if any leading players---like
Barcelona s Messi or Juventus Pirlo---
take a stand against Blatter. In the run-
up to Blatter s re-election, the stars of
the game stayed silent despite the Fifa
corruption scandal leading the news
That frustrates David Bernstein, the
former English FA chairman.
"We need action now," Bernstein
said. "I d like to hear football managers
speaking out. I d like to hear footballers
speaking out. I d like Lionel Messi and
(Cristiano) Ronaldo coming out.
"I d like to hear football clubs coming
out and trying to influence their sup-
...to be led by Michel Platini
Warner hits out at US, based on satirical story
Re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter, right, is congratulated by Fifa vice president and UEFA president Michel Platini after
his speech during the 65th Fifa Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday. Blatter has been re-
elected as Fifa president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate US and Swiss criminal investigations
into corruption. The 209 Fifa member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. AP PHOTO
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