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SBD Global/May 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

UEFA President Michel Platini Happy With Euro 2016 Progress

UEFA President Michel Platini said that France "is making good progress in its preparations for the Euro 2016 finals," according to the AFP. Platini said, "For UEFA, things are progressing well. Today there were plenty of green lights, and some that were more amber. I was making a reference to four years ago and where we were with Poland and Ukraine when all the lights were at red." Euro 2016 Organizing Committee President Jacques Lambert said, "There is no situation that is currently out of our control" (AFP, 5/3).

ON TAPE: The BBC reported Platini "wants officials' conversations in European matches recorded after a controversial goal" in the Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. Bayern striker Thomas Müller "appeared to foul Jordi Alba before the German side's third goal" in its 4-0 first-leg win. Platini said, "I don't believe nobody saw the foul. Why was nothing said? I have asked the general secretary to record conversations between officials in matches involving five officials" (BBC, 5/3).
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