Uefa not told about Platini fee: Johansson
ZURICH • Former Uefa president Lennart Johansson said the European football body was never told about the payment of two million Swiss francs (S$2.9 million) from Sepp Blatter to current Uefa boss Michel Platini.
Both Platini and Blatter were suspended from football for 90 days by Fifa's ethics committee last week.
Johansson, who was Uefa president from 1990 to 2007, said the Fifa executive committee, on which he served, was not told about Platini's hiring by Blatter.
By the time Platini received the payment in 2011, he had replaced Johansson as Uefa president.
But the Swede continued to attend Uefa executive meetings as honorary president, and he noted the payment was never disclosed.
Thai football body postpones election
BANGKOK • The Football Association of Thailand yesterday said it would postpone this weekend's election of a new chief, a day after the incumbent Worawi Makudi was suspended by a Fifa ethics probe.
He was widely tipped to retain his position at the helm of a game that he has dominated in Thailand for several years.
4th Golden Shoe prize for Ronaldo
MADRID • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo collected a record fourth Golden Shoe award as Europe's top scorer yesterday for his 48-goal haul in La Liga last season and said he is hungry for more.
The Portugal captain and Fifa Ballon d'Or holder netted 61 times in all competitions in 2014-15.
March return to the ring for Pac-Man
NEW YORK • Manny Pacquiao will be ready to return to the ring by next March, the Filipino boxer said on Monday while in New York to accept an award. He is recovering from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in May.
'Arrogant' Wenger a bad loser: Allardyce
LONDON • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is arrogant and a bad loser who tries to influence referees through the media, newly-appointed Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has said.
Allardyce, who makes the comments in his new autobiography serialised in The Sun, reveals the depth of loathing between himself and Arsenal's manager.
They have been at odds ever since the Englishman was in charge of Bolton Wanderers.