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Seeking to bolster national team football amid
the rampant success of club competitions, UEFA s
54 member countries voted to create the Nations
The competition will replace most continental
friendlies---long unpopular with club coaches---when
it kicks off in September 2018.
UEFA boosted the new event by guaranteeing it
would feed into qualifying for the 2020 European
Championship. It could later be incorporated into
European qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
"This is a very important decision for the future
of football at the level of national teams," UEFA Pres-
ident Michel Platini said after the unanimous vote
at their annual congress.
Platini had pledged to raise the status and com-
mercial value of friendlies. It has struggled against
competition from popular and lucrative European
domestic leagues and UEFA s own Champions League.
The European Club Association representing more
than 200 clubs said it "has taken note" of the
announcement which could fuel club versuss country
It requires them to release their players for extra
"The European clubs do not oppose such a project,
as the number of international matches in the calendar
remains unchanged," said the ECA, which campaigned
to remove the February and August dates once set
aside for friendlies. "Once more details concerning
the competition format are available, ECA will analyse
the possible impact on club football."
Platini acknowledged that friendlies "really don t
"Neither the audience at large, neither the jour-
nalists nor the players," he said later at a news con-
The Nations League format is yet to be finalised,
although it foresees 54 teams ranked in four divisions
playing from September to November 2018.
The 12 highest-ranked teams would play in four
three-team groups in Division A. Those group winners
would advance to a "final four" tournament in June
2019. Teams could be promoted or relegated through
All 54 teams would still play in traditional Euro
2020 qualifying groups from March-November 2019.
The qualifying playoffs for Euro 2020 would then
be scheduled in March 2020. That lineup would be
decided by Nations League results of teams which
did not qualify directly for the tournament.
UEFA countries vote for Nations League event
13 suspects identified in
Thirteen retired or serving police officers have
been identified as suspects in the investigation into
the Hillsborough disaster.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission
says 11 of the suspects have already been ques-
tioned relating to a range of offenses, including
manslaughter as well as misconduct in a public of-
fice and perverting the course of justice. The other
two will be interviewed soon.
In Britain's worst sporting disaster, 96 Liverpool
football fans were killed in a crush at the Hillsbor-
ough stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semifi-
nal match between Liverpool and Nottingham
Forest in April 1989.
A new inquest was ordered after the High Court in
London quashed the original accidental death ver-
dicts after secret documents examined by an inde-
pendent panel determined there had been a police
cover-up. The inquest is to open on Monday. (AP)
Man United greats team
up to buy non-league club
Manchester United greats Paul Scholes, Ryan
Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers are team-
ing up again to buy non-league club Salford City.
The deal is subject to approval from the English
Football Association and Northern Premier League,
and is expected to be completed this summer.
Members of United's "Class of '92," the players
have strong connections in the area.
Giggs is still playing for United while Phil Neville is
on David Moyes' coaching staff.
Barca's injured Valdes to
have surgery on Monday
Injured Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will
undergo an operation to repair his torn right knee
ligament on Monday.
Barcelona says the procedure will be performed
by doctors Ulrich Boenisch and Ricard Pruna in
Valdes' leg buckled while making a routine save in
Wednesday's Spanish league win over Celta Vigo at
Valdes will likely be done for the season and miss
the World Cup in Brazil for Spain. He may have also
played his last game for Barcelona. The 32-year old
has said he will not stay at Barcelona after his con-
tract expires in June. (AP)
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