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Former FIFA President Blatter And Former UEFA President platini To Face Trial For Corruption

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini will stand trial in June in Switzerland charged with fraud.

The pair were charged last November following a six-year investigation into a payment of two million Swiss francs arranged by Blatter to be paid to Platini back in 2011.

According to a report from Sky Sports, the trial at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona is due to begin on June 8 and is listed until June 22.

The Office of the Swiss Attorney General said the payment had been made without legal basis, “damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini”.

Blatter, 86, and Platini, 66, had argued the payment had been agreed orally and in lieu of work done by Platini in an advisory capacity between 1998 and 2002.

The case which culminated in the charges issued in November last year was launched by prosecutors in 2015, effectively terminating Blatter’s FIFA presidency ahead of schedule, and leading to Platini, then president of UEFA, withdrawing from the race to be his successor.

Read also: Kennedy Agyapong Says Asamoah Gyan Needs A Black Stars Call Up For The World Cup

16439707556919150920.jpgThe pair were charged last November following a six-year investigation into a payment of two million Swiss francs arranged by Blatter to be paid to Platini back in 2011; the trial at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona is due to begin on June 8 and is listed until June 22.

Both faced separate FIFA ethics committee investigations and were banned from football for eight years, reduced to six on appeal.

However, Blatter is now serving a fresh suspension after being found in March of last year to be part of a “vicious circle” of officials who sought to award themselves over £50m in undeclared payments.

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Reds’ Tommy Pham Accepts Three-Game Ban For ‘Will Smith-style’ Slap On Joc Pederson Over Fantasy Football

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Phamhas been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for “inappropriate conduct” prior to Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Pham says he has accepted a three-game suspension that resulted from his dispute with Joc Pederson of the Giants. The suspension began with Friday night’s game and will span the final two games of the weekend series between the Giants and Reds at Cincinnati. Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for on-field preparation, made the announcement on Saturday.

According to Pederson and multiple reports, the altercation took place prior to Friday’s game. Pham allegedly slapped Pederson “Will Smith-style” because of a dispute within a Fantasy Football league in which the two players participated. Here’s Pederson’s explanation of what happened:

MLB launched in inquiry into the matter shortly after it occurred, and Pham was scratched from the Reds’ Friday lineup, likely in anticipation of a suspension.

Pham, 34, is in his first season with the Reds. In 42 games for Cincinnati, he’s batted .233/.335/.373 (92 OPS+) with five home runs and 24 walks.

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Ronaldo Breaks Rooney’s Manchester United Record

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The Red Devils forward has won the Premier League Player of the Month prize for the second time this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Wayne Rooney as the Manchester United player with the most Premier League Player of the Month awards.

The Portuguese ace won the Player of the Month for a sixth time on Thursday after topping the polls for April 2022. It moves him one clear of former teammate Rooney in the Manchester United record books.

It’s also the second time Ronaldo has won the Player of the Month since his return to Old Trafford last summer, having topped the polls in September as well.

Only Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester City Sergio Aguero have claimed the award more times than Ronaldo. The pair have won it a record seven times in their respective careers.

2vntt00q9d1u9waeqoob.pngRonaldo scored five goals in four appearances for Manchester United in April, including a match-winning treble against Norwichwhich was also his 50th club hat-trick.

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Asamoah Gyan Is One Of The Greatest Goal Scorers – Lionel Messi

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Argentine professional footballer, Lionel Messi has showered praises on former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.

According to Messi, Gyan is the one of the greatest goal scorers he has seen.

The Argentina and PSG star in an interview with 90minutesExtra said,

“I like his hard work and dedication to his National team and clubs.

“I watched him play several times and I really like his goal against Germany at the World Cup 2014.

“I might say he is one of the greatest goal scorers I have seen.

Asamoah Gyan is Ghana’s all time goal scorer with  51 goals and African’s top soccer at the FIFA World Cup with six goals in three World Cup appearances.

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