July 09, 2016
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Platini not expected at final


UEFA leaders do not expect outgoing president Michel Platini to accept their invitation to attend the European Championship final tomorrow.

Though Platini is banned from any football duties until 2019 by FIFA's ethics committee, he could go to see France vs Portugal at the Stade de France without getting involved in official business.

UEFA interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis says Platini's invitation has been open for the whole month-long tournament.

Theodoridis says at a UEFA news conference that "until now he (Platini) has not shown interest, and according to my knowledge, will not be coming. I hope that he is changing his mind."

Football-mad Iceland

If TV audiences are anything to go by, the 330,000 people who live in tiny Iceland are clearly football-mad.

The national team's victory over England in the last 16 on June 27 was watched by no fewer than 99.8 per cent of the country's TV audience.

It meant that only 298 viewers were watching another programme, while the team registered the north Atlantic country's biggest sporting achievement.

Clattenburg in the middle

UEFA says English referee Mark Clattenburg will handle the European Championship final.

Clattenburg completes a big match hat-trick after officiating at the UEFA Champions League final and English FA Cup final in May.

He follows Pedro Proenca of Portugal in 2012 in refereeing UEFA's two highest profile matches back to back.

Clattenburg has handled three previous matches at Euro 2016, though none involving the two teams playing at Stade de France tomorrow.

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