Exclusive: Platini poised to hold UEFA and FIFA top jobs at same time

Michel Platini ViennaBy Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - Michel Platini could remain in temporary charge of UEFA even if he takes over from Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, Insideworldfootball has learned.

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Parma reboot in Serie D fuelled by pasta magnate Barilla

Nevio ScalaBy Mark Baber
July 28 - Parma Calcio 1913, a new club backed by pasta maker Guido Barilla with ex-coach Nevio Scala (pictured) as president, has been given the go-ahead by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to compete in Italy's Serie D following the bankruptcy of the old club.

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FIFA Reform Task Force debate stuck on 'independent' criteria

Domenico Scala3By Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - The much-anticipated Reform Task Force set up by FIFA in response to its burgeoning corruption crisis appears to have hit a potentially serious snag after Domenico Scala (pictured), favourite to land the job as the body's chairman, said he would not take it on unless he was guaranteed full independence.

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Warner wins time and claims he is not getting a fair trial

Jack Warner3July 28 - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has bought yet more time in his bid to avoid being extradited from his native Trinidad and Tobago to the United States to face corruption charges as part of the FBI probe into widespread corruption involving senior football officials.

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Putin lauds Blatter but questions US motivation

Putin and Blatter2By Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - Far from being in any way responsible for the corruption crisis that has embroiled FIFA, Sepp Blatter in fact deserves the Nobel Peace prize for the way he has run the organisation, according to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd top Euro league of big spending fans

Fans bannerBy Paul Nicholson
July 28 – English Premier League clubs on average generate almost twice as much revenue per seat than clubs in Spain. While Chelsea top the list of clubs making the most per seat from their fans at €78, compare this with Italian giants Inter Milan who make more than seven times less at €7 per seat.

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CSKA fears 'look-a-like' as it begins long journey back to top tier

vasil bozhkovBy Alexander Krassimirov
July 28 – Bulgaria's richest man, Vasil Bozhkov (pictured), has registered a new company called 'CSKA Sofia', in the Bulgarian Commercial Register. Chairman of the company is Tsvetomir Naydenov, who owns bookmaker Efbet. Bozhkov and his son Anton are members of the Board.

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Is MLS taking first steps to break the NCAA development bonds?

markabbottmlsBy Ben Nicholson
July 28 - The MLS has formed a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), making the school its exclusive education partner.

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Brussels court boots TPO, slave traders and 'loan sharks' into touch

Scales of justiceBy Andrew Warshaw
July 27 - UEFA and FIFA are celebrating a landmark victory in their joint fight to outlaw Third Party Ownership (TPO) after a Brussels court threw out a legal case against them launched to try and overturn the worldwide ban on the practise.

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