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Dortmund CEO wants UEFA to deduct points as PSG owners 'laugh' at fines

Carlo Ancelotti praises Hannover's strong Bundesliga return but insists the title race is between Bayern and Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has called on UEFA to deduct points from overspending clubs, saying Paris Saint-Germain's owners "laugh" at fines.

PSG's purchase of Neymar for €222 million this summer has led to an investigation into possible financial fair play violations, and if found to be repeat offenders, the French club could be kept out of the Champions League in the future.

They could also face heavy fines, but Watzke says financial penalties mean nothing...

 By PA Sport

UEFA inspector to seek answers over Arsenal-Cologne crowd trouble

Gab Marcotti explains how Cologne's massive wave of supporters was able to dominate Arsenal's home match.
Mark Ogden discusses whether British clubs would receive similar coverage had their fans behaved the same as Cologne's fans during the Europa League match against Arsenal.

A UEFA inspector will seek answers from Arsenal and Cologne over the cause of the crowd trouble that marred last week's Europa League meeting between the sides at the Emirates Stadium.

European football's governing body said on Friday it had decided to appoint an ethics and disciplinary investigator in a bid to determine the circumstances surrounding the match on Sept. 14.

The game was delayed by an hour as ticketless Cologne fans tried to gain entry to the stadium. The visitors were issued with...

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UEFA seals deal with top European leagues to avoid UCL clashes

Aleksander Ceferin has said he is looking forward to working closely with European Leagues.

UEFA has sealed a working agreement with Europe's top leagues in order to avoid clashes between domestic and Champions League games.

In June, Lars-Christer Olsson, the chairman of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), said the deal was being finalised and would be ratified in September.

European football's governing body has confirmed that the leagues group will get seats on its decision-making bodies, including voting rights on the executive committee.

A UEFA statement issued after...

UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin wants politicians to make game fairer

Aleksander Ceferin was appointed UEFA president in September 2016.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has challenged European lawmakers to help make the business of football fairer.

Ceferin agrees with politicians who have criticised the game's finances after record offseason spending by wealthy clubs. Premier League clubs spent a record total of £1.413 billion over the course of the summer window, a rise of £293 million on last year's window.

The UEFA chief says he awaits "the green light from those who publicly condemn the current situation but have...

Belgium await UEFA's decision on keeping Brussels stadium in Euro 2020

The FC panel debate whether Belgium can win the World Cup or merely prove to be an entertaining side in Russia.

Belgium's football leaders are realistic about persuading UEFA to keep Brussels as a 2020 European Championship host city despite delays in building a stadium.

"We still believe, but we are realistic that it's depending on other parties,'' Belgian federation secretary general Koen de Brabander told reporters on Tuesday on the sidelines of UEFA meetings. "We as a federation are not in the lead to take decisions."

UEFA's executive committee can decide to replace the troubled 60,000-capacity Eurostadium...

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli faces 2½-year ban for ticket touting

Andrea Agnelli is alleged to have allowed the sale of season passes above the limit.

A two-and-a-half-year ban is sought for Juventus president Andrea Agnelli for an allegedly illicit relationship with "ultra" fans that encouraged ticket touting, or scalping.

The Italian football federation's prosecutor made the request at a hearing on Friday, 10 days after Agnelli was elected to chair the 220-member European Club Association.

A federation panel has 10 days to decide on the punishment and then there is room for appeals.

The federation prosecutor, Giuseppe Pecoraro, also requested...