Today in sports history: April 29 - Sep Blatter, Michel Platini pay price for FIFA corruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 29.


Roger Clemens becomes the first Major League Baseball pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-innings game. 

The remarkable performance helped his Boston Red Sox side top the Seattle Mariners 3-1 at Fenway Park.

Clemens ranks third on the all-time MLB strikeout list with 4672, but since retiring, he has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. 


The Chelsea squad celebrate being confirmed as Premiership champions   (Photo by Sean Dempsey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Photo credit: Getty

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea celebrate a second consecutive English Premier League title, after thumping Manchester United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea dominated the league throughout the 2005/06 season, winning their first nine games, after which they were ever headed. 

The London club set the record for most home wins in a season (18), which has since been equalled by both United and Manchester City, while Liverpool were on track for 19 home wins this season, before the league was halted. 


Todd Byrne celebrates his match-winning try
Todd Byrne celebrates his match-winning try Photo credit: Getty

Todd Byrne scores the game-winning try for NZ Warriors, as they beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-16 in Australia. 

The Warriors trailed 16-8 with seven minutes remaining. 

The Auckland-based club finished the season in fourth spot, recovering from a mid-season six-game losing streak to win six of their last seven games. 

Unfortunately, they were bundled out in week two of the playoffs, after losses to Parramatta and North Queensland. 


Dutch darts star Raymond van Barneveld throws a nine-darter during his Premier League match against Terry Jenkins.

He would throw another later in the year at the World Matchplay, his fifth and final televised perfect leg.


Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Photo credit: Image - Getty, video - Newshub

FIFA executives Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are banned for eight years, after it's revealed Blatter paid the Frenchman NZ$3million during his re-election campaign. 

FIFA’s ethics committee, which imposed the ban, said the payment lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest. 


1951 - Seven-time Nascar series champion Dale Earnhardt
1965 - Former NBA and Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller

1970 - Eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Andre Agassi 


2007 - Former NZ cricket test match quick bowler Dick Motz, aged 67

Newshub 12 months ago… 

Leeds United allow Aston Villa to score uncontested goal in controversial match

Leeds United have missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League, as manger Marcelo Bielsa insisted fairplay was more important in a crazy match against Aston Villa.

A 1-1 draw meant Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United secured promotion, but Bielsa will draw praise for his actions, after Mateusz Klich put the Whites in front in hugely controversial circumstances.   

The home side played on, as Villa's Jonathan Kodjia lay injured and Klich turned the ball in.

After a furious Villa protest and a mass melee that included a red card for Villa defender Anwar El Ghazi, the visitors were allowed to walk in an equaliser and Albert Adomah obliged.  

Leeds' hopes of promotion this season also hang in the balance - they sat atop the Championship table, when the coronavirus suspended play indefinitely.