Latest France National Soccer Team News

Blatter and Platini acquitted on charges of defrauding FIFA

Jul. 08, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were acquitted on charges of defrauding FIFA by a Swiss criminal court on Friday, a rare positive outcome for the pair who were among soccer’s most powerful figures before being embroiled in corruption investigations. ...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...

Blatter, Platini face 20-month suspended jail sentences

Jun. 15, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Prosecutors in the fraud trial of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and vice president Michel Platini asked Wednesday for both men to get 20-month suspended prison sentences. Blatter and Platini, a former France national team captain who was president of European...

Paris police chief's partial apology over CL final 'failure'

Jun. 09, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

The Paris police chief apologized for and justified the pepper spraying of fans and families amid the chaos that engulfed the Champions League final last month outside the Stade de France. At a French Senate hearing looking for explanations for the organizational fiasco, Paris police...

Blatter, Platini finally going to court in FIFA fraud trial

Jun. 06, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini’s 11-day trial on charges of defrauding FIFA starts Wednesday — finally bringing the epic downfall of soccer’s former world leaders into criminal court. The fallout from the case ousted Blatter ahead of schedule as president of...

After Champions League 'fiasco,' UEFA probes what went wrong

May. 31, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

The French government is blaming Liverpool fans. The English club is enraged by the “irresponsible, unprofessional” rush to conclusions. European soccer's governing body, UEFA, will now try to uncover what went wrong in the disorder and chaos in Paris at the Champions League final before...

France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

May. 30, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities defended police on Monday for indiscriminately firing tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final, while blaming industrial levels of fraud that saw 30,000 to 40,000 people try to enter the Stade de France with fake tickets or...

Champions League chaos: Tear gas fired at Liverpool fans

May. 29, 2022 03:18 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters forced to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League final amid logistical chaos and an attempt by UEFA and French authorities to blame overcrowding at turnstiles on people trying to access the stadium...

Player fatigue concerns hang over Liverpool-Madrid CL final

May. 27, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For a player who doesn’t consider himself to be a striker, Mohamed Salah is the envy of many forwards with his scoring record for Liverpool. “I don’t play No. 9, I play on the wing,” Salah said. “It’s completely different when you play as a winger.” ...

Mbappé signs new 3-year PSG deal after rejecting Real Madrid

May. 21, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé celebrated with fans at Parc des Princes then scored a hat trick after signing a new three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and turning down the chance again to join Real Madrid. Before PSG beat Metz 5-0 in its final home game,...