UEFA's Platini says it's clear he's not popular
LONDON, AP:UEFA President Michel Platini believes he has made himself unpopular in some football circles by enforcing stricter punishments for clubs, but that it's a necessary consequence of trying to clean up the sport.
Platini, who is weighing up whether he has the support to seek the FIFA presidency in 2015, said yesterday that penalising clubs for racism, match-fixing and uncontrolled spending is key to ensuring that football is "free of cheating, violence or injustice".
Platini said in an end-of-year message that UEFA still must act "quicker and firmer," but highlighted how clubs are already being forced to play in empty stadiums to punish racism, and booted out of European competitions for financial mismanagement.
"All of these measures are not making us popular. That is patently clear," Platini said. "However, my aim is not to be popular. My aim is to be responsible.
"It is a responsibility that I must take on in order to ensure football's continued existence as well as the future of our competitions."
Hall quits as WIPA CEO
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC:Michael Hall has tendered his resignation as chief executive officer (CEO) of The West Indies Players Association (WIPA), officials have confirmed.
Hall, who has served the sport in several capacities for more than a decade, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
However, WIPA's president Wavell Hinds says Hall will remain as a director of WIPA.
"We are sorry to see Michael leave his role as the CEO of the Association," said Hinds.
"He is a more-than-capable administrator who provided a steady, level-headed approach to the handling of the players' business during his tenure. We are pleased that he will continue to serve the region's players by remaining as a member of WIPA's board."
Hall's role in cricket administration began in 2001, when he was appointed Chief Cricket Operations Officer at the West Indies Cricket Board.
Federer picks 'hero' Edberg
LONDON, AP:Roger Federer is adding Stefan Edberg to his team, part of a recent trend of top tennis players hiring ex-stars as coaches.
Federer, owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, said yesterday on Facebook that six-time major champion Edberg "agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open".
Federer refers to Edberg as his "childhood hero". Severin Luthi will continue to work with Federer, too.
In October, Federer split with coach Paul Annacone after three seasons together.
Federer finished 2013 ranked No. 6. It's the first season since 2002 he didn't reach a major final.
The Federer-Edberg announcement comes a little more than a week after Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as a coach. Andy Murray already had been working with Ivan Lendl.