Paris Tragedy and Platini's Troubles with FIFA in the Biggest News of the Week

  • A Sad Week for French Soccer
    1/13 Among the tragic events around the Stade de France in Paris and the bad news for the iconic Michel Platini, the French football ended badly beaten.
  • Stade de France on lockdown after terrorist attack
    2/13 Stade de France on lockdown after terrorist attack: Shootings and explosions in central Paris have forced Stade de France, site of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany, to be locked down, according to multiple reports. Reports have indicated as many as to 140 people were killed in shooting and explosions at four different locations, including explosions near the stadium. French President Francois Hollande was in attendance at the soccer match and was evacuated from the stadium.
  • Stade de France on lockdown after terrorist attack
    3/13 Stade de France on lockdown after terrorist attack: Shootings and explosions in central Paris have forced Stade de France, site of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany, to be locked down, according to multiple reports. Reports have indicated as many as to 140 people were killed in shooting and explosions at four different locations, including explosions near the stadium. French President Francois Hollande was in attendance at the soccer match and was evacuated from the stadium.
  • Suicide bombers tried to enter Stade de France
    4/13 Suicide bombers tried to Enter Stade de France: French Secretary of State for Sport, Thierry Braillard, has confirmed that suicide bombers who targeted the Stade de France as part of the Paris terror attacks attempted to enter the stadium. He did not specify how many of the bombers tried to gain access to the 80,000-capacity stadium or give details on the manner in which they were prevented from doing so. "They wanted to enter the stadium but they could not," Braillard said.
  • Platini out of FIFA presidency race
    5/13 Platini out of FIFA presidency race: Michel Platini remains under a 90-day suspension and out of the bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. UEFA president Platini has been suspended alongside his FIFA counterpart Blatter, as they have been accused of corruption in relation to an alleged "disloyal payment" made from the global organisation to the Frenchman in 2011.
  • Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted to hospital
    6/13 Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted to hospital: Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in the hospital after reportedly suffering from a stress-related illness last week. Blatter, 79, is currently the subject of a 90-day ban from football and was told to recover by doctors last week after feeling unwell.
  • Argentina 1-1 Brazil
    7/13 Argentina 1-1 Brazil: Honors shared in hard-fought derby: Argentina enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges but could not sustain its early form, and was pegged back by Brazil after the break to tie 1-1 in the World Cup qualifying clash. The home side went straight on the attack, and after several near-misses took the lead when Ezequiel Lavezzi turned in following an excellent team move. But Brazil was galvanized by the entry of Douglas Costa, and Lucas Lima turned in the equalizer after the Bayern Munich winger struck the bar with a header.
  • Chile 1-1 Colombia
    8/13 Chile 1-1 Colombia: Rodriguez nets equalizer after Vidal opener: Chile's 100 percent record in World Cup qualifying came to an end after playing out a 1-1 draw with Colombia in Santiago. Matias Fernandez's curled free kick into the area was met by Arturo Vidal, who rose highest from six yards out to crash his header into the bottom corner past the helpless Ospina. However, with 68 minutes played Colombia finally did take its chance after Muriel down the left of the area and stuck and powerful close-range effort, and James Rodriguez did well to strike a low effort into the far corner of the net.
  • Ecuador 2-1 Uruguay
    9/13 Ecuador 2-1 Uruguay: Fidel Martinez fires hosts to victory: Fidel Martinez helped Ecuador to a 2-1 win over Uruguay in Quito as the home side maintained its perfect start to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while the visitors suffered their first defeat. Gustavo Quinteros' men beat Argentina and Bolivia in their opening two fixtures and dominated proceedings before the break, deservedly going a goal up via Felipe Caicedo. Edinson Cavani then leveled the scoring in the second half but Martinez eventually made the difference when he tapped home a rebound.
  • Hungary 2-1 Norway
    10/13 Hungary 2-1 Norway: Magyars seal Euro 2016 spot: Hungary ended 30 years of hurt by defeating Norway 2-1 in Budapest to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory and a place in Euro 2016. Tamas Priskin put the home side in prime position to progress when he found the top corner early on with a fine finish, while Even Hovland headed against the post for Norway. Despite the visitors needing two goals after the break to qualify, it was Hungary who looked more likely to find a second and it arrived late on through an own goal from Markus Henriksen.
  • Rosberg wins and makes sure of runner-up place
    11/13 Rosberg wins and makes sure of runner-up place: German Nico Rosberg, won the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix, followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton, world champion of the season. With the win, he secured the second place in the 2015 standings.
  • IAAF provisionally suspends Russia
    12/13 IAAF provisionally suspends Russia: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has decided to provisionally suspend the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) with immediate effect. The World Anti-Doping Agency recommended the measure, when it published an extensive report on doping practices and the concealment of positive tests in Russian athletics.
  • NFL: Colts QB Andrew Luck out for two to six weeks
    13/13 NFL: Colts QB Andrew Luck out for two to six weeks: Finally, Indianapolis Colts announced that their quarterback, Andrew Luck, will miss 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partial rupture of an abdominal muscle. The team says that injuries do not require surgery and a full recovery is expected.