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FIFA continues to unravel after Blatter, Platini provisionally banned

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his take on the provisional 90-day suspensions handed down to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

We're in uncharted waters. It's something I've written before -- way too many times -- when it comes to FIFA, but the fact is this ship is sailing further and further toward the edge of the map.

FIFA's statement Thursday brought news of a raft of provisional suspensions at the summit of world football from the body's Independent ethics committee. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man hoping to replace him next February, UEFA president Michel Platini, have been "banned from all football activities...

Roberto Mancini has rebuilt Inter into a throwback side all about athleticism

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti runs through all of the talking points from a busy weekend in the Serie A.
Inter manager Roberto Mancini has gambled in creating an Inter side that places a premium on athleticism over technique and pressing.

Inter manager Roberto Mancini has gambled in creating an Inter side that places a premium on athleticism over technique and pressing.Twelve years ago I sat in the bowels of a newly built, half-empty stadium in Qatar and enjoyed a long chat with a rather depressed Pep Guardiola. He was still just 32 and playing for a team called Al Ahly.

Reflecting on how Johan Cruyff had handed him the keys to Barcelona's Dream Team more than a decade earlier he said: "Football was different back then. If I were...

Arsenal's title credentials, unstoppable Bayern, Madrid's derby draw

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Manchester United's tactical errors at the Emirates, Arsenal's consistency and whether or not Jose Mourinho spends time with Shaka Hislop.

Sometimes things aren't quite as complicated as they appear. Arsenal go 2-0 up almost straight away against Manchester United, add a third inside of 20 minutes and then shepherd through Sunday's 3-0 win in the second half, showing intelligence and savoir faire.

It wasn't just an impressive attacking performance; it was as solid and grown-up a defensive performance as you're likely to see. And so the question is inevitable: why can't they do this all the time?

As I see it, part of the answer...

Arsenal owe fans answers on aims in Champions League, Premier League

Arsenal have now suffered consecutive defeats in the Champions League as Olympiakos came away from the Emirates with a 3-2 win.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes his side can get it right in the UEFA Champions League this week against Olympiacos.

Arsene Wenger was 36 years old and on his way to relegation from the French second division when John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" was released in European theaters. The ending, where the kids write a letter to their principal, who wants to know who they think they are, might resonate with Wenger after Tuesday night's events.

"You see us as you want to see us -- in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions."

Following the 3-2 defeat against Olympiakos, which leaves Arsenal pointless...

Barca can't afford any more injuries, Man United's tests, Inter loss not a blip

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses his concerns regarding Lionel Messi's return for El Clasico after the Barcelona forward was ruled out for seven to eight weeks.

Lionel Messi's injury dominates the headlines, certainly more so than Barcelona's poor performance against Las Palmas, a team they should be pummelling by considerably more than the 2-1 margin they inflicted on Saturday.

Luis Suarez was the saviour and he can certainly carry this team in Messi's absence, as can Neymar. But missing eight games leading up to the Clasico at the Bernabeu (plus four World Cup qualifiers with Argentina) is very much a serious blow. Particularly when the schedule includes...

Sepp Blatter faces criminal investigation -- what you need to know

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reports from Zurich, where Sepp Blatter has been questioned on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, with Michel Platini also being questioned.

ZURICH -- It was the day his enemies had been waiting for and his supporters feared. On Friday, the Swiss Attorney General announced it had opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Sepp Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.

At the same time, the statement appeared to implicate UEFA president Michel Platini, a one-time Blatter ally turned fierce critic. One of the allegations against Blatter is that he made a "disloyal payment" of $2 million Swiss Francs ($2.05m)...