The Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce on Friday morning whether Michel Platini’s 90-day ban from all football activity is to be temporarily lifted or not. Photograph: Epa

Sport’s highest tribunal will announce its decision on Friday whether or not to temporarily lift the 90-day suspension on Michel Platini, which is ba(...)

West German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher (right) jumps past the ball as he gets ready to collide with French defender Patrick Battiston during the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Stockholm. Battiston was carried off the field on a stretcher while Schumacher, unpunished,  resumed play with a goal-kick. Photograph: AFP

The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymo(...)