GUARDIAN – Michel Platini pays tribute to Heysel victims on 30th anniversary of disaster

• Uefa president remembers 1985 tragedy in which 39 people died• Former Juventus midfielder: ‘I continue to play in that final’Michel Platini has marked the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster by paying tribute to the 39 people who died.The Uefa president, who is in Zurich for the Fifa congress and presidential vote, was part of the Juventus team who met Liverpool in the European Cup final on 29 May 1985. Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players

• Anti-discrimination organisation wants expert panel set up to tackle problem• Game, police and internet companies urged to come togetherAn enormous volume of racist, homophobic, sexist and other discriminatory abuse of Premier League footballers and clubs on social media has been revealed in new research for the game’s anti-discrimination organisation, Kick It Out.The search of Twitter, Facebook, supporters’ forums and blogs, using key abusive terms with players’ and club names, refined to identify direct abuse, found 134,400 discriminatory posts this season, from August 2014 to last month. Continue reading…