July 08, 2016

PARIS (AP) The Latest on the European Championship (all times local):

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5:45 p.m.

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

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.''

Platini, who has a holiday home near Marseille, had a central role when France won the title at the last two tournaments its hosted.

He lifted the trophy as captain of the Euro 1984 team, which beat Spain 2-0 in the final at the Parc des Princes, and headed the organizing committee of the 1998 World Cup, when France beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France.

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5:25 p.m.

If TV audiences are anything to go by, the 330,000 people who live in tiny Iceland are clearly soccer-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 program, while the soccer team registered the north Atlantic country's biggest sporting achievement.

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5:00 p.m.

UEFA expects to make a profit of 830 million euros ($917 million) from the European Championship.

UEFA's projected tournament finances published Friday showed total revenue of 1.93 billion euros ($2.13 billion) for the expanded 24-team tournament.

That is a rise of 34 percent - earned from 20 extra matches - over Euro 2012 which had 16 teams and 31 matches.

UEFA says broadcast rights earned just over 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion); sponsorship and licensing deals were worth 480 million euros ($530 million); and sales of tickets and hospitality earned 400 million euros ($441 million).

Spending by UEFA on Euro 2016 included 650 million euros ($718 million) on organizing the event; 301 million euros ($333 million) in team prize money; and 150 million euros ($168 million) to clubs for releasing their players.

UEFA says it will pay 600 million euros ($663 million) of expected tournament profit to its 55 member federations for development projects over the next four years.

UEFA will bank 230 million euros ($254 million) to cover its own running costs for the next four years.

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2 p.m.

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is retiring from international football.

The 34-year-old says he wants to fully focus on his career at Premier League club Arsenal. Cech has been a mainstay on the Czech national team since his 2002 debut, a 2-0 victory over Hungary. He has played a record 124 matches for his country since.

The highlight of his international career came at the 2004 European Championship when the Czechs reached the semifinals. He helped the team qualify for every continental championship since and played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

His last match in the national jersey was a 2-0 loss to Turkey in the final group stage game at Euro 2016 in France on June 21.

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12:15 p.m.

Pepe trained away from his Portugal teammates during training on Friday before Sunday's European Championship final against France.

The central defender failed to recover from a thigh muscle injury in time to play in the semifinal against Wales, which Portugal won 2-0.

There has been no update from Portugal on the condition of Real Madrid's Pepe, who was doing ball work with a member of the Portuguese staff on Friday at the team's training base south of Paris.

Pepe has been on excellent form in France, reining in his famed hot temper and organizing Portugal's defense.

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12:15 p.m.

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 on Sunday.

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