Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 1st 2015 Contents ZURICH---Sepp Blatter and Michel
Platini will avoid coming face-to-
face tomorrow amid the football
corruption scandal after a UEFA-
FIFA match was called off.
Blatter, the FIFA president, would
usually travel to Platini s UEFA head-
quarters in Nyon for the friendly
game between the governing bod-
"In a joint decision it was agreed
to postpone the UEFA-FIFA chal-
lenge 2015, which had been sched-
uled for Friday, 2 October, until fur-
ther notice," FIFA said in a statement.
The game would have come a week
after a criminal investigation was
opened into Blatter, in part over a
payment in 2011 to Platini.
Blatter is being investigated as a
suspect, while Platini is being treated
"between a witness and an accused
person," according to Swiss attorney
general Michael Lauber.
The rift between former close allies
Blatter and Platini widened recently
when UEFA complained to FIFA
about a document being distributed
that attempted to discredit its pres-
ident, leading to the departure of
one of Blatter s staff.
Platini is vying to replace Blatter
in the emergency FIFA election in
February. To stand in the election,
Platini has to pass FIFA integrity
checks after the October 26 cut-off
for the submission of candidacies.
Platini has faced scrutiny from
some national associations in Europe
over why he was paid 2 million Swiss
francs (about $2 million) by FIFA in
2011 for work carried out up to 2002.
"Events of recent days have raised
a number of issues which do need
to be fully examined," the English
Football Association said after dis-
cussing Platini at a board meeting
But the FA board decided to stand
by a July decision to unanimously
support Platini in the presidential
"We thought he was an excellent
President of UEFA and could bring
those same leadership qualities to
FIFA," the FA said in a statement.
"We are still of that view."
The FA noted that Platini is co-
operating fully with the ongoing FIFA
investigation by the Swiss and has
offered to assist the ethics commit-
In his first detailed explanation,
Platini said Tuesday that he only
requested payment in 2011 because,
when he took the job as a Blatter
adviser in 1998, FIFA s "financial sit-
uation" meant he could not be paid
the "totality" of his salary.
FIFA s accounts for 1999-2002
show a revenue surplus of 115 million
Swiss francs (about $83 million in
2002) but a deficit of 134 million
Swiss francs had been forecast.
In response to questions about the
payment, UEFA said yesterday: "The
president has been fully open and
transparent with the authorities. He
has not been accused of any wrong-
Corruption crisis sees UEFA,
FIFA call off friendly match LISBON---Portuguese authori-
ties say Luiz Felipe Scolari has
paid 3 million euros ($3.4 mil-
lion) in back taxes from when
he was Portugal coach between
2003 and 2007.
The Criminal Investigation
Department of the attorney gen-
eral s office said an investigation
concluded the Brazilian owed tax
on his image rights.
A statement late Tuesday said
Scolari agreed to pay the out-
standing tax as well as interest
on it. It did not say when he paid.
The case was then closed.
When the investigation began
in May 2014, Scolari denied any
wrongdoing. He said he had cor-
rectly filed all his tax returns and
declared his income in every
country he had worked.
Scolari guided Portugal to the
final of the 2004 European
Championship and to the semi-
finals of the 2006 World Cup.
Mourinho faces no English FA
action over doctor dispute
LONDON---The English Football
Association has cleared Chelsea
manager Jose Mourinho of
directing discriminatory com-
ments at the then-club doctor.
Mourinho had a fiery con-
frontation with Dr Eva Carneiro
on the touchline near the end of
Chelsea s opening game of the
season against Swansea on
After receiving a complaint,
the FA says a Portuguese linguis-
tic expert analysed the footage
and found that Mourinho s words
did not constitute discriminatory
language under its rules.
After the match, Mourinho
criticized Carneiro for going on
to the field to treat Eden Haz-
Carneiro had her duties down-
graded and was banned from
attending matches or training
The Football Medical Associ-
ation last week said it was unable
to negotiate a "satisfactory out-
come" with Chelsea and the
matter is now in the hands of
Ethiopia won't send team
to Burkina Faso after coup
ADDIS ABABA---The Ethiopian
Football Federation says it won t
send its women s under-20 foot-
ball team to Burkina Faso after
the recent coup there.
The countries were due to play
a qualifier for the 2016 women s
under-20 World Cup last Satur-
day. The game was postponed
by the Confederation of African
Football to this weekend, but EFF
spokesman Wondimkun Alayou
said Wednesday the Ethiopians
won t travel even if CAF says the
match should go ahead.
He said "we value the safety
of our citizens and players so we
will be forced to cancel."
An elite army unit briefly took
control of Burkina Faso in a coup
earlier this month before handing
There has been ongoing unrest
in the West African nation with
government forces attacking the
barracks of the unit on Tuesday.
Scolari pays $3.4m back taxes from time as Portugal coach
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