Bjorn banking on his frank manner of speaking as Ryder Cup captain

The newly appointed 2018 Europe Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn holds the Ryder Cup as he poses for photographs at a hotel near Heathrow Airport, London during a media event Wednesday. (AP)
Updated 07 December 2016
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Bjorn banking on his frank manner of speaking as Ryder Cup captain

LONDON: Europe captain Thomas Bjorn believes his frank manner of speaking will serve both him and the European team well for the 2018 Ryder Cup, he said Wednesday.
The 45-year-old Dane will endeavour to regain the biennial trophy in Paris after the United States inflicted Europe’s heaviest defeat since 1981, winning 17-11 at Hazeltine, Minnesota in September.
Bjorn infamously didn’t hold back when he failed to get the nod from Welshman Ian Woosnam in 2006 calling him “barmy” and “the most pathetic captain ever.”
“I think if you’re going to lead something you want the truth, you want people to be honest with you,” Bjorn told Britain’s Press Association Sport.
“I’ve never been one for liking having things around me where people are trying to just say yes to me. I want them to tell me the truth.
“I think if you’re going to be forthright yourself, then you want the same from everyone else.
“That’s the way I believe in things, and that’s what I expect for all the people I have around me.”
Bjorn, who played in three winning Ryder Cup teams (1997, 2002 and 2014), received the full backing of Woosnam when he was announced as Darren Clarke’s successor on Tuesday which he says is because sportsmen bury the hatchet easier.
“It’s fantastic to have his (Woosnam) support,” said Bjorn, who has won 15 times on the European Tour but never claimed a major.
“I’m grateful for all the past captains and the support I’ve had from them, and it’s nice for Ian to come out and be so supportive.
“But sportspeople have a way of probably putting things to bed a lot sooner than other people do.
“It’s a long time ago, so we go forward and we understand that this is about Europe, and the European team.
“So we go forward and we all get behind those 12 players that need to play, and that’s a good thing,” added Bjorn, twice a runner-up at The Open and once at the PGA Championship.


Platini released from custody after police questioning

Updated 19 June 2019
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Platini released from custody after police questioning

  • French authorities haven’t announced any charges against Platini
  • The authorities also questioned a sport adviser from the previous French president’s administration

PARIS: Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
His communication team said that Platini’s detention ended at 12:30 a.m. local time.
Platini had denied any wrongdoing and French authorities did not announce any charges against the former France and Juventus player.
“It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,” Platini said after his release. “They asked me questions about the 2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, the Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA.”
Also questioned Tuesday were Sophie Dion, a sports adviser in former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration, and Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy.
Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games.
Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14 to 8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup
As head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent’s top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar.
French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships.

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