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  1. Michel Platini withdraws from Fifa presidential race
  2. Son of Lamine Diack banned from IAAF for life
  3. 17 FA Cup third round news conferences, including Sunderland and Stoke
  4. Do Paralympians get the credit they deserve? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter

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By Caroline Chapman and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

Well, that was a madcap ending to Sportsday. You can continue to follow Sportsday on this very website, chiefly through this story, which will tell you all you need to know (further reporting and reaction to follow).

That is all from Sportsday for now, though. We will return tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.

Oscar on bust-up reports


Breaking away from Platini for a second and Chelsea midfielder Oscar has tweeted to tackle reports in today's papers which suggested he and team-mate Diego Costa had been involved in a training-ground bust-up...

For those who are talking to me and @diegocosta struggle today in training he's lying, he's one of my best friends and never fight 😉

'Maybe I'll come back in 20 years'


More from Michel Platini on his decision to withdraw from the Fifa presidential race:

"I had 150 associations thinking that I'm the right person to solve Fifa's problems. It won't happen. But there is no age limitation, so maybe I'll come back in 20 years. Who knows?'' 

'Bye bye Fifa, bye bye presidency'


Here are the quotes from Michel Platini himself, on why he has withdrawn as a candidate in the race to become the next Fifa president...

"I'm withdrawing from the race for Fifa presidency," Platini told the Associated Press in an interview. "The timing is not good for me. I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates. I have not been given the chance to play the game. Bye bye Fifa, bye bye Fifa presidency.

"I'm taking this philosophically, let's wait and see what happens. But injustice is revolting me and I'm trying to fight it.

"I can't have any regret in that story because things fell upon my head while I haven't done anything wrong.

"I'm struggling to understand what happened, unless there was a will somewhere to prevent me from bidding."

Platini withdraws from Fifa presidential race


More details on Michel Platini's withdrawal from the race to be the next Fifa president...

The 60-year-old Frenchman has told the Associated Press that he remains determined to overturn the eight-year ban he was handed by Fifa's ethics committee last month, but that the deadline for the 26 February Fifa presidential election is too short and renders his candidacy impossible.

Platini withdraws from Fifa presidential race


You'll probably remember that Uefa president Michel Platini failed in his bid to have his 90-day provisional ban from football lifted last month.

Platini's request was denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which means the Frenchman will not be allowed to attend the Euro 2016 finals draw in Paris on Saturday.

The 60-year-old was suspended in October, along with Fifa president Sepp Blatter, while corruption claims are investigated.

Both deny any wrongdoing.

This now looks to have scuppered his hopes of succeeding Blatter at Fifa.

Michel Platini

BreakingPlatini withdraws from Fifa presidential race


Big news! Suspended Uefa president Michel Platini has told the Associated Press that he is withdrawing from the Fifa presidential election.

LA in a glass case of emotion


Major League Soccer's newest club, Los Angeles FC, have revealed their crest ahead of the new season. You can have a gander at it on their official Facebook page.

It's got a wing on it. City of Angels, you see.

In addition, I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you're doing and listen.... cannonball!

Ahem, sorry, what I meant to say was that LAFC have also unveiled a new co-owner. Some bloke called Will Ferrell. Great Odin's raven!

Will Ferrell

'Football owes duty of care to women like Carneiro'


FA Board member Dame Heather Rabbatts has told 5 live that football "owes a duty of care" to women like former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro. She told Afternoon Edition's Dan Walker that Dr Carneiro was one of "very few high profile women working at the top end of football."

Dame Heather has publicly supported Dr Carneiro, who has now begun an employment tribunal for constructive dismissal against Chelsea.

Dame Heather told 5 live that the case represented a "significant moment for football" and added "for us at the FA it means that we need to absolutely look at our processes again to ensure that women who are in the game get support".

Eva Carneiro
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'I will give everything I have'


And here is Alan Curtis himself, on his appointment as Swansea manager until the end of the season...

"It’s an honour to be asked to manage this club until the end of the season. If the club believes I am the right man to take things forward then I will give everything I have to the role. 

"As the weeks have gone on I feel I have grown into the job and I’m a lot happier now taking it until the end of the season. I firmly believe we can get the results required between now and the end of the campaign to push us up the table."

Alan Curtis

'We've spoken to a lot of potential managers'


Huw Jenkins on the appointment of Alan Curtis as Swansea caretaker boss until the end of the season part 3:

"Finding a replacement hasn’t been easy because we didn’t want to make a short-term decision that would be detrimental to the club long-term. It’s a unique situation for us and I think we are only now appreciating what other Premier League clubs in our position have gone through in the last five years. 

"We’ve spoken to a lot of potential managers. Some didn’t want to leave the clubs they were at this late stage in the season, while others didn’t want to put their reputation on the line by joining a club at the wrong end of the table. 

"In the end, we felt the best decision was to keep things in-house and change as little as we can until taking stock in the summer."

Alan Curtis

'Curtis represents what Swansea stands for'


Huw Jenkins on the appointment of Alan Curtis as Swansea caretaker boss until the end of the season part 2: 

“We believe there is nobody with more knowledge and experience of the club to do that than Alan Curtis. He has served Swansea City so well for more than 40 years and played an integral part in our recent success under the likes of Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk. 

“We have a person at the helm who fully represents all Swansea City stands for; has the respect of the players and who will provide the calm reassurance and encouragement of our footballing beliefs. 

“We have all been impressed with the way he has improved performance levels over the last five games. The players have obviously responded to him because we have seen an uplift in performances."

Alan Curtis (left)

'The right decision for Swansea'


In a lengthy statement on the Swansea website, chairman Huw Jenkins has discussed the decision to appoint Alan Curtis as caretaker manager until the end of the season. This is what he has had to say...

“We firmly believe it is the right decision for Swansea City. 

“Alan has been with us through good and bad times and was part of the management team that helped the club secure its Football League status over 12 years ago. 

“He is fully aware of the next important job he has ahead of him to dig deep and find the required levels of performance and motivation to secure our Premier League status – our main goal this season." 

Alan Curtis

BreakingCurtis to remain in charge


Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Swansea City have announced caretaker boss Alan Curtis will remain in charge of the Premier League club for the rest of the season.

The 61-year-old took over after Garry Monk was sacked on 9 December.

Former Swans player Curtis has since led the side to one win, two draws and two defeats in five games at the helm so far, including three clean sheets.

Swansea lie 17th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, after Saturday's loss at Manchester United.

Alan Curtis
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Brighton sign winger Knockaert

Transfer latest

Anthony Knockaert

Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have signed winger Anthony Knockaert from Belgian club Standard Liege for an undisclosed fee. 

The 24-year-old, who joined Standard from Leicester City last summer, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Seagulls. 

"He was somebody I was interested in for a number of reasons," Albion manager Chris Hughton said. 

"He is a good technical player and has experience of the Championship."

France win Euro 2016 (sort of)


Exclusive: France win Euro 2016... in a simulation of the event by the creators of Football Manager.

According to the simulation, the hosts will beat Italy 2-0 in the final thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Rafael Varane.

You'll be glad to know that both England and Wales make it out of the group stage. But both exit in the quarter-finals, with the former knocked out by Italy and the latter falling to Austria.

Unfortunately, neither Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland make it out of their group.

Have a look here.

Sanchez won't be risked


Doesn't look like we'll be seeing Alexis Sanchez in action for Arsenal this weekend. The Gunners face Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday but the Chilean forward, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury, will not be risked.

"The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready," the Gunners boss told 

"It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He's not bad but he's not ready. 

"The thinking is to give absolutely everything to qualify. We are the holders of the cup and I know as well by experience that it is very important that you get in the competition and that you have a successful third round. It's a tricky one, always, the third round." 

Alexis Sanchez

Stoke news conference


Stoke boss Mark Hughes is confident the club's ongoing contract talks with Marko Arnautovic will result in an agreement being reached. Reports have suggested 26-year-old Arnautovic, who is being linked with Paris St Germain, has rejected a new deal offered by the Potters and is holding out for one that would make him their highest-paid player. 

When asked about Arnautovic's situation on Thursday, Hughes said: "It is where it was just before Christmas I think. 

"As with all negotiations, usually people representing players go in high, we go in low and somewhere in the future we come to a middle ground and it gets done. That is what is happening in terms of Marko's situation. 

"We are having negotiations. Sometimes they take longer than others. But we are very hopeful Marko will be a big part of what we are doing going forward, and I think that is what he would like." 

Marko Arnautovic and Mark Hughes

Euro 2016 ticket deadline looms


Fancy attending a Euro 2016 match in France? Well you better hurry up because there are only 11 days left to secure tickets for the event before the deadline to apply passes on 18 January.

Each of the competing teams has a dedicated portal, although this public portal allows fans to apply for any match in each of the ten host cities. It is also possible for fans who are not members of their respective FA’s supporters clubs to apply for tickets for the matches of their team.

You can find said portals here.

Euro 2016

Chelsea training bust-up


We love a good training ground bust-up. They only get reported every so often but when they do they are always a good source of drama. File this firmly under 'reported' but according to the Telegraph, Chelsea's Diego Costa and Oscar had to separated by "stunned" (aren't they always) team-mates in training on Thursday after a poorly-timed tackle by the latter.

A source told Telegraph Sport: “Oscar’s challenge was outrageous, it was straight into the knee of Costa and could have done him some real damage. That sparked a brawl between them and the other players had to stop it.”

Oscar and Diego Costa

'Austin of no interest to Palace'


Current Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is clearly in no mood to take advice from his predecessors. He has hit back at Neil Warnock after the former Eagles manager said he thought Charlie Austin would be a good fit at Selhurst Park.

"Neil Warnock was the manager here and he didn't do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion," said Pardew. "Charlie Austin is of no interest to us."

That clears that up. 

Charlie Austin

We are a match for Villa - Ainsworth

Wycombe v Aston Villa, Sat 12:45 GMT (Commentary on 5 live)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has told his players not to worry about the result against Premier League team Aston Villa in the FA Cup but the performance. 

"I've said to them enjoy yourselves with the total knowledge that my boys aren't going to make this a circus week and mess about," he said.

"What a challenge. What an opportunity against top players in the country and in Europe. I've told them not to be concerned about the result, worry about the performance. 

"On our day we are a match. We played Fulham earlier in the season who aren't a million miles away from Villa and we gave them a real good game. 

"It happens - this fairy tale, this moment of magic the FA Cup springs up and there hasn't really been one yet. There is that glint of light in me that thinks we could be the one this round."

Gareth Ainsworth
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Januzaj returns to Old Trafford


You may have seen today that Adnan Januzaj's loan spell at Borussia Dortmund has been cut short. United decided to recall the 20-year-old Belgium international forward from Germany after he started just three games.

Here is Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc telling Kicker what he thinks of the situation: "The loan wasn't a good deal for both sides all in all."

Yep. That just about covers it.

Adnan Januzaj

Bristol City's £50k punt

Transfer latest

Steve Cotterill
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Anyone got a spare £50k lying about that they fancy gambling on a French striker?

Bristol City do. 

The Championship side are closing in on the signing of Arnold Garita, a player that manager Steve Cotterill has described as a "punt".

Garita, 20, plays for Chateauroux in France's third tier and was at Ashton Gate on trial in November.

"Arnie is a £50,000 punt that will play in our under-21s," Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We don't have anyone who is as physically strong as he is. He's raw, big, strong, tough and hungry."

Sunderland news conference


Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has insisted did not intended to sound critical of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's methods, but had simply voiced an opinion when asked a question. 

Allardyce had suggested that Klopp's style of football was the reason for the current injury crisis at Anfield, something the German rejects.

"I think the headline has upset him in the nationals," said Allardyce. "I got asked a question by a friend of mine, Alan Brazil, on talkSPORT, 'What do you think the injuries are down to?', and I gave an opinion. I answered it and never expected it to bring the headlines it's brought. 

"But if Jurgen is listening, I didn't mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way, I was just giving what I could see as as maybe one of the reasons why we get injuries.

"I was just trying to say that he hasn't experience this level of football before and maybe that might be one of the causes." 

Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce

Fernandes defends running of QPR


QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has taken to Twitter to defend the way the club is being run...

We have backed every manager . Neil mark Harry and Chris. We are working hard on trainning ground and new academy. Got good academy staff

Frustrating to see some of the comments. We all all disappointed but we keep being positive. There are limits to everything

Black Cats busy


Looks like Sunderland are going to be busy in the January window. Apparently, they have already been told that West Ham striker Andy Carroll is not available. And Sam Allardyce has confirmed that a move for 26-year-old Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone has fallen through after talks broke down.

However, according to the Sunderland Echo, Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff has rejected offers from three Bundesliga sides to move to the Stadium of Light for £750,000.

Jan Kirchhoff

"I'm glad he has time for Liverpool's problems."


Jurgen Klopp

Watch as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responds to Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce's criticism that a recent spate of injuries to his players were down to his methods.

Oooh, miaow. 

Villa are fragile - Ainsworth


Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth was in bullish mood today ahead of his team's FA Cup Third Round tie against Premier League basement club Aston Villa. 

The visitors haven't won a league game since the opening day of the season back in August as they head to Wycombe from League Two.

 "They are fragile in the Premier League without a shadow of a doubt", said Ainsworth.

"They have been shy of wins and we're going to go for it as Wycombe Wanderers do. We start games well, we'll be giving it our all. There will be respect shown of course but I'm hoping we'll get a bit of respect."

Gareth Ainsworth
BBC Sport

Do Paralympians get the credit they deserve?

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Will Bayley

What's it like being a Paralympian in 2016?

Britain's Will Bayley won table tennis silver for Britain at the 2012 Paralympics in London and is targeting gold in Rio.

“I just want to be recognised as a world-class athlete not just as a person who has overcome a disability,” he told BBC Sport.

“I’m a good table tennis player and I want to be remembered as a good table tennis player.”

We're asking whether you think Paralympians get the credit they deserve. Tell us what you think using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

Police investigate Hobden's death


Matthew Hobden
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Police are investigating whether Sussex bowler Matthew Hobden was asleep on the roof of a building before falling to his death.

The 22-year-old was found dead at a private property in the Forres area of Scotland after celebrating the New Year with friends.

His cause of death remains unexplained and Police Scotland say there are no suspicious circumstances.

The Mirror claims Hobden and other guests were star-gazing on the roof.

Ramage joins Sky Blues

Transfers latest

Former Crystal Palace centre-back Peter Ramage has joined League One side Coventry City for the rest of the season following a trial.

The 34-year-old most recently played in the Indian Super League for Kerala Blasters, owned by cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.

Peter Ramage
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Beat the manager...


In an attempt to improve "team bonding", League Two strugglers Yeovil Town have invited fans to go and have a game of pool with the players. 

Wonder if manager Darren Way will let this young lad win a game?

Manager Darren Way playing fan Brandon Turner. #YTFC

Manager Darren Way playing fan Brandon Turner. #YTFC

More women behind the wheel

Formula 1

Susie Wolff
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Susie Wolff is launching an initiative aimed at increasing the number of women involved in motorsport.

The Scot, who retired from racing last year, is linking up with UK motorsport authority the MSA for the scheme.

The scheme will start with motorsport, but there are plans to expand it into other male-dominated environments.

Wolf said: "I never set out to become a role model but somehow I did.

"The opportunities are out there. We aim to inspire female talent to ensure in the long term our sport is diverse."

Lawrence joins Bristol Rovers

Transfers latest

Liam Lawrence (right)
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Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Lawrence has signed for Bristol Rovers on a free transfer from Shrewsbury.

The 34-year-old has agreed a deal to the end of the season and Rovers boss Darrell Clarke described the signing as a "fantastic coup".

Hales 'deserves to keep place'

South Africa v England

Alex Hales has done enough to keep his place in the England side, according to his county coach and national team selector Mick Newell. 

The 27-year-old Nottinghamshire opener scored 60 in the drawn second Test against South Africa.

"Alex is having to get stuck in and curb some of his natural instincts to score," Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham. "If he does grab this opportunity I think it will be great for him and good for England."

Alex Hales

Do Paralympians get the credit they deserve?

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Britain’s Hannah Russell says more needs to be done to ensure Paralympians get a bigger profile.

The swimmer, who became a world champion following 2012, where she made her Paralympic debut, says wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley is a case in point.

"Look at what she achieves, all the titles and championships," says Russell, 19.

"Paralympic athletes achieve a lot more than able-bodied athletes and the recognition needs to improve."

We're asking whether you think Paralympians get the credit they deserve. Tell us what you think using #bbcsportsday on Twitter. 

Hannah Russell
BBC Sport

New year, new hair


Check out DeAndre Yedlin's new 'do. Is this trendy, or did the barber go a bit awry with the razor?

.@yedlinny sporting his brand new 'do this morning! #rascal
.@yedlinny sporting his brand new 'do this morning! #rascal

.@yedlinny sporting his brand new 'do this morning! #rascal

Anyone got some superglue?


Spare a thought for Sir Matt. It seems his first Olympic medal has taken a bit of a battering. 

After nearly 25yrs of faultless service Barcelona 1992 has had a rough day. Gutted. Fixable (I hope) : (

After nearly 25yrs of faultless service Barcelona 1992 has had a rough day. Gutted. Fixable (I hope) : (