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Friday 23 February 2018

Platini wants to expand World Cup

UEFA president Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded from 32 to 40 teams.

The Frenchman was responding to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's call for Asian and African teams to be better represented at the World Cup.

Blatter has previously suggested that spots at the finals should be taken from European and South American nations rather than expanding the tournament.

Platini said: "I totally agree with Mr. Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams." Platini says the change would only require three more days of matches. Platini is a FIFA vice president and tipped as a potential challenger for the presidency when Blatter's fourth term ends in 2015.


Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has narrowly avoided jail after he admitted possessing a fake driving licence.

The 27-year-old was handed a seven-month suspended sentence after he admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for €15,000.

He then attempted to swap the forgery for a full UK licence, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Tony Hawks, prosecuting, said that when passing through Belgium, Tiote met a man near Brussels airport and handed over the cash and a photograph of himself. Tiote also received a fine of £600 and six points on his licence after he admitted driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence in February.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving with no insurance and that will be dealt with at magistrates' court. He was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,795 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Irish Independent

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