Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Blatter, Platini see bans reduced two years

UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 First Leg
Dynamo Kiev 1-3 Manchester City
(Buyalsky 58')-(Aguero 15', Silva 40', Toure 90')

PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Full UEFA Champions League Recap

UEFA Europa League- Round of 32 Second Leg
Braga 2-2 FC Sion (4-3 on aggregate)
(Josue PK 27', Stojiljkovic 48')-(Gekas 16', 29')

CONCACAF Champions League- Quarterfinals First Leg
UANL 2-0 Real Salt Lake
(Rivas 67', Damm 86')

LA Galaxy 0-0 Santos

Full CONCACAF Champions League Recap

FIFA's ethics committee has announced their verdict in the appeal of Sepp Blatter's and Michel Platini's bans, and it's sort of a victory for the two corrupt FIFA officials. The suspensions have been reduced from six to eight years, which is better than nothing in their eyes, I suppose. It's still a lengthy enough ban that neither should be able to simply reenter the FIFA hierarchy when it's over. So we should be done with these two cretins for good. Clearly, both are unsatisfied with the results and will head to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try and get the ban further reduced or eliminated.

Speaking of FIFA corruption, Prince Ali has had his request for transparent voting booths denied by the CAS. Instead, voters will simply have to turn over mobile phone and electronic devices in order t prevent the photographing of ballots.

Louis van Gall had an odd choice of words for what he wants to see out of his side in this evenings's Europa League clash with Midtjylland. He wants to see more passion out of his players and for them to be "horny" on the pitch. Yeah. He actually said that. In other news, David de Gea is still out and will not feature in the match.

Tottenham will also be without a major player when they take on Fiorentina in the home leg of their Europa League tie. Harry Kane broke his nose in training and will miss the affair for precautionary reasons. The Premier League is clearly a bigger target for Spurs, so why risk their most important piece in a competition that is doing little more than cluttering the schedule?

Minnesota United (hopefully they are still called that next year) have unveiled the renderings of their new 20,000 seat stadium. The stadium will be built in St. Paul near University and Snelling Avenues. It appears to be a modern American take on traditional European style stadiums. In fact, it is based off of the Allianz Arena in Munich, home of Bayern Munich. United hope they can begin construction on their new home in time to have it ready for the 2018 MLS season.

Today's Matches
UEFA Europa League- Round of 32 Second Leg
Lokomotiv Moscow v. Fenerbahce- 11am- FS2
Lazio v. Galatasaray- 1pm
Rapid Vienna v. Valencia- 1pm
Liverpool v. Augsburg- 1pm- FS1
Bayer Leverkusen v. Sporting CP- 1pm- FS2, ESPN Deportes
Athletic Bilbao v. Olympique Marseille- 1pm
Schalke 04 v. Shakhtar Donetsk- 1pm
Krasnodar v. Sparta Prague- 1pm
FC Basel v. St. Etienne- 3:05pm
Tottenham v. Fiorentina- 3:05pm- FS2
Molde v. Sevilla- 3:05pm
Olympiakos v. Anderlecht- 3:05pm
FC Porto v. Borussia Dortmund- 3:05pm
Manchester United v. FC Midtjylland- 3:05pm- FS1
Napoli v. Villarreal- 3:05pm- ESPN Deportes

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