Magallán: “You have to keep your head up and not lower your arms”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 12, 2020 It happens that, Every time he has played, Alavés has achieved good results. “After being away for a long time, that the results accompany is always good news. The last weeks have been difficult but you have to keep your head up and never lower your arms “he added.On Saturday’s clash against Mallorcanoted that “It will be very important for us since adding something to that clash can give us a lot of confidence. They are showing strength in their field and I think it will be a good match. It will be harder than in the first leg so we will have to stay focused. The points are increasingly decisive and the personality with which we are going to play will determine the side by which the final result is decided “. Lisandro Magallán has appeared this morning before the media. He took advantage of his appearance to ask about the possible interest of Barcelona in Lucas Pérez. “He is a very important player for us but right now he is here and you have to enjoy it. We must demand even more to bring us its quality. Right now he is doing it, “he observed.He took two weeks ago the absence of Rodrigo Ely in the initial eleven against Sevilla for five yellow and has chained two consecutive clashes as a starter. In that regard, he said that “This is football, we are many and only eleven play. What you have to do is work to be prepared. If the team needs us, we have to respond. “last_img read more

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

first_img0Shares0000Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini talks to the media after being questioned in Nanterre as part of a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar © AFP / Zakaria ABDELKAFINANTERRE, France, Jun 18 – The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The French football legend who led European football’s governing body from 2007 to 2015 was held Tuesday by French anti-corruption police investigating alleged corruption in the 2010 vote to award the competition to the gas-rich Gulf state. He denied wrongdoing and a statement from his representatives said the facts of the case were “unknown to him.”In the early hours of Wednesday, Platini’s lawyer William Bourdon said he had been released without charge, adding that there has been “a lot of fuss over nothing”.Platini, 63, looked drawn as he left the police anti-corruption office in Nanterre in the western Paris suburbs.“It was long but considering the number of questions, it could only be long, since I was asked about Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Fifa,” he told reporters.The decision to name Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts triggered allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal.France’s Office of the Financial Crimes Prosecutor (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding the Qatar vote and also the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.Main developments involving Michel Platini, former UEFA chief © AFP / Kun TIAN, Thomas SAINT-CRICQAccording to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president at the time, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with France, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would have gone to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later.The French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.According to France Football magazine, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010, at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, who at that time was both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA.Just over a week later, FIFA voted to award Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament.Platini dismissed Blatter’s allegations as a “tissue of lies” and denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also held for questioning Tuesday along with the former French captain.Platini’s representatives said in a statement: “He has done absolutely nothing wrong and affirms that he is totally unrelated to the facts (of the case) which are unknown to him.”– Buying votes –Lawyer Bourdon denied that the three-time Ballon d’Or winner had been placed under arrest by the police, as first reported, saying that he had been questioned “as a witness”.Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.The decision to award Qatar football’s highest-profile tournament ultimately sparked a wider fraud probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of a series of senior FIFA figures.Platini led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from Blatter, who was suspended for six years.The decision to award Qatar football’s highest-profile tournament ultimately sparked a wider fraud probe that led to the arrest of a series of senior FIFA figures © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINIQatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar.Platini was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.Blatter told AFP he was “completely surprised” at Platini’s questioning by police, adding that “this won’t help him” coming as it does months before the end of his ban.“With this story resurfacing at a time when the international media are in France for the Women’s World Cup and three months before the end of his suspension it’s astonishing and fodder for the media,” Blatter said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more