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Tues pm Sport: Former France Captain Platini in Custody; Champions League & Europa League Round 1 Draws

: 06/18/2019 - 17:24

The former UEFA President and European Championship winning captain, Michel Platini is in custody in France over an investigation into the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar.

The former Ballon D'Or winning footballer was taken into custody this morning by anti-corruption police in France, and is reportedly being held at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.

Platini was banned from football for 8 years in 2015 by a FIFA Ethics Committee over a 2 million Swiss francs 'disloyal payment' from former FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Platini, who has always denied wrongdoing, admitted he did have lunch with the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the now Emir of Qatar a month before the vote in 2010, but that he'd already decided to vote for Qatar beforehand.

The Irish sides in Europe have all been given potentially manageable draws.

Dundalk will play Latvian champions Riga in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

Shamrock Rovers will play the Norwegians of Brann in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Cork City still don't know their exact opponents, as they'll play the winners of the preliminary round meeting of Progres Niederkorn and Cardiff Met Uni.

St. Pat's have the toughest draw, against Sweden’s IFK Norkopping.

At the Women’s World Cup, in Group C today, Italy, who have already qualified, play Brazil.  Jamaica play Australia.

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Tipperary GAA has confirmed that Patrick 'Bonner' Maher has ruptured his anterioir cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the championship.

The two-time All Star landed awkwardly during the win over All-Ireland champions Limerick on Sunday.

Cathal Barrett will undergo a scan later this evening to access the extent of his hamstring injury.

Tipp will next face Limerick again in the Munster final on Sunday June 30th.

Tonight’s club GAA fixtures
Haven Hire Senior Hurling Leagues
Div 1 Semi Finals
Naas V Éire Óg Corra Choill
Confey GAA V Coill Dubh

Div 3 Semi Finals
Naas V Sarsfields
Broadford V Sallins

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The Aidan O'Brien-trained Circus Maximus was a 10-to-1 winner of the St. James's Palace Stakes - the last of three group ones on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

Earlier, Blue Point claimed the King's Stand Stakes at a price of 5-to-2.

The first group 1 of the day - the Queen Anne Stakes - was won by 14-to-1 chance Lord Glitters

There’s also racing in Sligo, beginning at 5.40.

 

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