UEFA President Michel Platini is appealing against the 90-day ban imposed by FIFA over allegations of corruption.Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, was suspended on Thursday along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter by the Ethics Committee of soccer’s governing body, pending a full investigation.Both men deny wrongdoing.The Ethics Committee is not allowed to give information about the cases it is investigating, but the bans were imposed less than two weeks after the Swiss attorney general’s office opened a probe into Blatter centred on a two million Swiss franc payment made by FIFA to Platini in 2011.Platini’s hopes of winning the FIFA presidency, at an election due on Feb. 26, hinge on whether he can overturn the ban through an appeal.Candidates must submit their bids four months before the election and undergo an integrity check. South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL called Platini’s suspension “disproportionate and untimely.””The South American Football Confederation does not agree with the decision to provisionally ban FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini from all football activity,” it said in a statement late on Friday.”In these difficult times, which demand a full-scale reform of FIFA, CONMEBOL firmly believes in Mr Platini’s capacity to lead FIFA and direct the world of football towards a brighter future.””Mr Platini has not been found guilty of any accusation and his provisional suspension puts at risk the integrity of the electoral process for the presidency of FIFA.”Two sources with knowledge of the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Friday that FIFA was considering delaying the election for their next president. That could make it easier for Platini to be a candidate to replace the departing Blatter — if Platini succeeds in an appeal against his ban from the game.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Facebook824Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterNinkasi Brewing Company has signed on as a key partner in the new Craft District in Tumwater. The vision of the center is to bring a team of regional and industry experts to create a hub focused on craft brewing and distillation education, research, workforce development, and public information. As well as be a gathering spot in Washington for the craft brewing and distilling industries.Tumwater was home to the iconic Olympia Brewing Co. that closed its doors in 2003. Ninkasi is proud to be a part of the Tumwater craft movement in this mindfully-designed district that will also feature a distillery, marketplace, and amphitheater. The Craft District sits in the shadow of the old brewery and will eventually be connected to Brewery Park by the Deschutes Valley Trail that features cascading waterfalls and the historic Old Brewhouse Tower.“We are thrilled to be part of such a collaborative project, that brings together the strengths of many small businesses, South Puget Sound Community College, and City of Tumwater to create an amazing experience,” says Ninkasi Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Nikos Ridge. “Having a space to host Ninkasi fans in Washington, where Ninkasi has been distributed for a long time is very exciting for us, given the historic brewing legacy of the area.”Tumwater’s natural beauty, pristine water, cultural history, and industrial legacy were all huge positives when evaluating the partnership. However, it was the opportunity to collaborate with South Puget Sound Community College on the educational programming that really excited the Ninkasi team.“Education is something our team is genuinely passionate about,” says Chief Customer Officer Sarah Johnson. “Providing students with hands-on learning opportunities in brewing techniques and technologies, as well as the business and hospitality sides of the industry is something the entire team is delighted to be a part of.”Ninkasi Brewing is looking forward to meeting the Tumwater community and tasting a few delicious beers with them at the Tumwater Artisan Brewfest on Saturday, August 17.About Ninkasi Brewing Company: Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to a three-brewhouse operation (90-barrel, 55-barrel, and its new 5-barrel pilot brewery) located in Eugene, Oregon. Ninkasi’s year-round beers are sold throughout Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.