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Michel Platini
Ex-UEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe
18 June 2019, 12:10 PM

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said.

The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.

Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption.

Platini (63) led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter.

WATCH: PIC Inquiry
18 June 2019, 10:13 AM

The PIC Inquiry continues.

Nomasonto Mhlanga
Suspects accused of killing two Durban metro police to appear in court
18 June 2019, 9:20 AM

Four suspects accused of killing two eThekwini Metro police officers in Durban are expected to appear before the Verulam Magistrate’s Court for a bail application on Tuesday.

Last month, the two officers who were stationed outside African National Congress (ANC) ward 52 councillor Boxer Zulu’s home in Phoenix north of Durban were ambushed and killed and their service pistols taken.

Both officers, Zephania Dladla and Nomasonto Mhlanga, died on the scene.

The four accused are expected to make a formal bail application.

Janine van Wyk
Banyana to return home after being knocked out of World Cup
18 June 2019, 6:54 AM

Banyana Banyana will return to South Africa after being knocked out of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

This follows yet another defeat in the group stages, this time going down four-nil against former champions Germany at the Stade De La Mosson in Montpellier.

Despite failing to register a point at the tournament, Banyana coach Desiree Ellis says the exposure they received from the tournament gave them an opportunity to measure their progress on the international stage.

“When you play at this level the smallest mistake is costly and we need to be better in the things that we do and we are better, but at times you get put under so much pressure in the game because you are against players that play at the highest level week in, week out and it shows. But we are closing the gap. We had a good compliment from the German coach just before, to say they have a lot of respect for us and the rankings don’t do us justice.”

Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk says the team will leave France having gained valuable lessons.

The experience at the biggest stage of the players’ careers, will go a long way to improving the standard of women’s football in the country.

“We obviously came here to set a mark, to show the world what women’s football is all about in South Africa regardless whether we have a professional league or not. I think we showed some true character throughout the tournament and we raised a couple of eyebrows when people watched us play. We displayed  phenomenal football when we had the chance to and people got a glimpse of what we are about,” adds Van Wyk.

Sindiso Magaqa
Trio accused of killing Magaqa back in court
18 June 2019, 6:02 AM

The three men accused of killing former ANC Youth League Secretary General, Sindiso Magaqa, are expected back in the uMzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court in southern KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

The three were denied bail last month. Magistrate Fezile Msengana had ruled that they failed to convince the court that they were not a flight risk.

The uMzimkhulu Magistrate’s court is expected to make a decision whether the murder trial of the three men will be transferred to a High Court or a Regional court.

Sibonelo Myeza, Mbulelo Mpofana and Mlungisi Ncalane also face two counts of attempted murder of two councillors who were also injured on the day Magaqa was attacked in 2017.

The former ANCYL leader was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries after almost two months in hospital.

During their bail application they had told the court that they are innocent.

The three accused at some point of the case appeared in court along with then Harry Gwala District Mayor Mlululeki Ndobe and uMzimkhulu municipal manager Zweliphansi Skhosana whose charges were provisionally withdrawn due insufficient evidence.

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