Michel Platini may not be able to stand in the FIFA election, sources tell Grant Wahl.
The FIFA presidential race is changing constantly, but multiple sources in Europe and elsewhere tell me they think UEFA president Michel Platini will be punished by the FIFA ethics committee and won’t be allowed to stand in the FIFA election.
The most likely scenario now involves Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino working together, with Salman most likely becoming FIFA president and Infantino perhaps taking a new FIFA CEO position. But one European source tells me he’s even more concerned about who would become the new UEFA president if Platini is out, which makes sense considering how much money is in UEFA.
Infantino may decide he’d be better off as the UEFA president.
Here are a couple of other items from around the soccer world:
TFC, RSL not in Kreis mix now
It’s official: Coach Jason Kreis is out at NYCFC as of Monday night. There will be plenty of questions about whether Kreis got enough of a chance with an expansion team that suffered from Frank Lampard’s decision not to join until midseason. But it’s also true that Kreis should get plenty of interest elsewhere. The only open job in MLS right now is in Chicago, where new GM Nelson Rodriguez wants to hire a coach by Thanksgiving.
Take two options off the table for the time being, though. On Tuesday, Toronto coach Greg Vanney got a vote of confidence from his boss, Bill Manning, who worked with Kreis at Real Salt Lake. I’m also told that current Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar is “safe for now” after meetings with RSL brass last week following a season in which the club's streak of making the playoffs ended at seven.
Dynamo shopping Cubo Torres
The Houston Dynamo paid a club-record $7 million-plus transfer fee for Mexican forward Erick "Cubo" Torres earlier this year, but I’ve learned that Houston is already shopping Torres for a trade, and multiple MLS teams are interested. The 22-year-old scored 15 goals with Chivas USA in 2014, but he had zero goals in 11 games for Houston this year and never earned the trust of coach Owen Coyle.
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Torres is still viewed as a player who can help draw fans at the gate due to his performances for Chivas de Guadalajara and the Mexican national team.