Platini & Benzema Troubles and UEFA Draws in the Best of the Week

  • Troubles & Draws Week
    1/11 In the same week that Platini troubles with FIFA and Benzema with France continues, UEFA made the draws of Euro, Champions League and Europa League.
  • CAS reject Platini appeal over FIFA suspension
    2/11 CAS reject Platini appeal over FIFA suspension: Michel Platini's appeal against the temporary lifting of his 90-day FIFA suspension has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but football's governing body has been ordered not to extend the sanction. UEFA president Platini - along with outgoing FIFA boss Sepp Blatter - was banned in early October by FIFA's Ethics Committee over a "disloyal payment" allegedly made to the Frenchman in 2011, though both deny any wrongdoing.
  • Karim Benzema Suspended from France Duty
    3/11 Karim Benzema Suspended from France Duty: Karim Benzema has been suspended by the French Football Federation (FFF) and will not be considered for national team duty until the legal investigation surrounding an alleged plot to blackmail international teammate Mathieu Valbuena has been concluded, FFF president Noel Le Graet has announced. Benzema has been charged with complicity in an attempt to blackmail and participating in a criminal conspiracy as part of an investigation into a sex-tape plot involving Valbuena. The Real Madrid striker denies the charges.
  • Euro 2016 Draw: England to Face Wales
    4/11 Euro 2016 Draw: England to Face Wales: England will face Gareth Bale and Wales at Euro 2016 while hosts France will take on Switzerland after the draw for next summer's tournament was made in Paris. Didier Deschamps's side will kick off the tournament at the Stade de France on June 10 against Romania, with Albania completing the quartet in Group A. Holders Spain head up Group D, where they will face the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will fancy their chances against Iceland, Hungary and Austria.
  • Champions League Last 16 Draw Features Familiar Ties
    5/11 Champions League Last 16 Draw Features Familiar Ties: The draw for the Champions League round of 16 is: Gent v Wolfsburg, Roma v Real Madrid, Paris St Germain v Chelsea, Arsenal v Barcelona; Juventus v Bayern Munich; PSV v Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City and Benfica v Zenit St Petersburg. The first legs will be played on February 16/17 and 23/24 with the return games on March 8/9 and 15/16.
  • Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo
    6/11 Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo: Record-man Ronaldo Leads Rout: Cristiano Ronaldo struck four times in 19 minutes to break his own record for goals in a Champions League group stage as Real Madrid hammered Malmo 8-0. It was Karim Benzema who put Real in command of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu. Benzema netted two goals inside the opening 25 minutes, pouncing on a pair of excellent crosses from Ronaldo. Not content with his role as provider, Ronaldo took over the game in stunning fashion, bringing up his own hat-trick in 11 minutes of play to better his own mark and then adding a fourth in the 59th minute. Mateo Kovacic then hit home a seventh before Benzema completed his treble.
  • Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Barcelona
    7/11 Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Barcelona: Hernandez Strike not Enough for Hosts: Bayer Leverkusen slipped out of the Champions League and into the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in Group E. Lionel Messi opened the scoring at the BayArena with a trademark finish, the Argentina international taking the ball around Bernd Leno to score his 80th Champions League goal. Leverkusen quickly restored parity as Admir Mehmedi made good ground on the left, his low cross found Javier Hernandez and the in-form striker lashed home from 10 yards.
  • Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United
    8/11 Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United: Naldo Double Sinks Eliminated Red Devils: Naldo scored twice to lead Wolfsburg to a 3-2 victory that secures them top spot in Group B and eliminates Manchester United from this season's Champions League. Anthony Martial gave United the ideal start when he slotted home 10 minutes in. But Naldo's volley levelled matters three minutes later and Vieirinha's first Champions League goal put Wolfsburg ahead at the break. Luuk de Jong and Davy Propper scored to earn all three points for PSV. And though Marouane Fellaini's header resulted in Josuha Guilavogui turning the ball into his own net, Naldo again provided a quick response to ensure there was no late twist.
  • Europa League Last-32 Draw
    9/11 Europa League Last-32 Draw: Manchester United will take on Midtjylland in the Europa League round-of-32. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will meet Augbsurg of the Bundesliga in their tie, while Borussia Dortmund will meet Porto. Holders Sevilla face Molde, while Gary Neville's Valencia will face Rapid Vienna and Tottenham take on Paulo Sousa's Fiorentina in a repeat of last season's last-32 tie. Fenerbahce will meet Locomotiv Moscow, Anderlecht take on Greek champions Olympiacos, Sparta Prague face Krasnodar, Sion play against Braga and Villarreal meet last season's semi-finalists Napoli. Turkish champions Galatasary will face Lazio, Shakhtar Donetsk were drawn against Schalke, Marseille take on Athletic Bilbao, Sporting CP meet Bayer Leverkusen and Saint-Etienne take on Basel.
  • Oscar Pistorius has Bail Application Granted
    10/11 Oscar Pistorius has Bail Application Granted: Oscar Pistorius' application for bail after being convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been accepted. Pistorius was initially charged with the culpable homicide of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing shots through a locked bathroom door in February 2013, and was handed a five-year jail term. The Paralympic gold medallist was released on house arrest this October after serving one fifth of his sentence, but, last week, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his initial conviction should be changed to murder, which carries a minimum jail sentence of 15 years.
  • World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Stripped of IBF Crown
    11/11 World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Stripped of IBF Crown: Finally, World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title just weeks after claiming the crown. Fury, 27, has been the centre of controversy since his win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in late November. The Brit had agreed to a rematch with Klitschko as per a clause in their contract after also reportedly agreeing to a bout with IBF mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.