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Sep 3, 2015

FIFA reform chief explains comments on U.S. justice, soccer

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s reform chief meant no offence to United States authorities when he questioned why they were investigating corruption in football, he said on Thursday.

Francois Carrard, head of FIFA’s recently-created reform committee, also told reporters that he had failed to make himself properly understood when he described soccer in the United States as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools.”

Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform chief explains comments on U.S. justice, soccer

BERNE, Sept 3 (Reuters) – FIFA’s reform chief meant no offence to United States authorities when he questioned why they were investigating corruption in football, he said on Thursday.

Francois Carrard, head of FIFA’s recently-created reform committee, also told reporters that he had failed to make himself properly understood when he described soccer in the United States as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools.”

Sep 3, 2015

FIFA reform committee strong on platitudes, short on detail

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s latest reform committee produced plenty of platitudes and precious little concrete detail after completing its first meeting in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

Chairman Francois Carrard said the committee had enjoyed two days of “intense and fruitful” discussions but failed to provide any insight as to what proposals had been discussed.

Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform committee strong on platitudes, short on detail

BERNE, Sept 3 (Reuters) – FIFA’s latest reform committee produced plenty of platitudes and precious little concrete detail after completing its first meeting in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

Chairman Francois Carrard said the committee had enjoyed two days of “intense and fruitful” discussions but failed to provide any insight as to what proposals had been discussed.

Sep 2, 2015

FIFA’s latest reform committee meets for the first time

BERNE (Reuters) – Soccer’s troubled governing body FIFA began another attempt to clean up its act when its newest reform committee met for the first time in the Swiss capital on Wednesday.

Headed by Francois Carrard, a former director general of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 13-man committee gave little away as it began a two-day meeting in a five-star hotel.

Sep 2, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s latest reform committee meets for the first time

BERNE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Soccer’s troubled governing body FIFA began another attempt to clean up its act when its newest reform committee met for the first time in the Swiss capital on Wednesday.

Headed by Francois Carrard, a former director general of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 13-man committee gave little away as it began a two-day meeting in a five-star hotel.

Sep 1, 2015

Zico appeals to FIFA rivals for early debate

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico has invited his potential rivals to take part in an early debate about soccer’s troubled governing body.

The former Brazil international has sent an email to Michel Platini, Musa Bility, David Nakhid and Chung Mong-joon, who have also declared their intention to run, saying that “FIFA deserves a debate at this preliminary stage”.

Sep 1, 2015

Soccer-Zico appeals to FIFA rivals for early debate

BERNE, Sept 1 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico has invited his potential rivals to take part in an early debate about soccer’s troubled governing body.

The former Brazil international has sent an email to Michel Platini, Musa Bility, David Nakhid and Chung Mong-joon, who have also declared their intention to run, saying that “FIFA deserves a debate at this preliminary stage”.

Aug 28, 2015

Soccer-Platini ducks FIFA talk, praises his work at UEFA

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini declined to discuss his bid for the FIFA presidency on Friday, preferring instead to deliver a glowing assessment of his own performance in charge of European soccer’s governing body UEFA.

In a self-congratulatory news conference, Platini and his secretary general Gianni Infantino proclaimed UEFA as pioneers in the fight against racism, leaders in tackling match-fixing and said they had brought financial sanity to European football.

Aug 28, 2015

Platini avoids FIFA talk, says in last term as UEFA chief

MONACO (Reuters) – Michel Platini is in his final term as UEFA president regardless of whether he wins next year’s FIFA election, the Frenchman said on Friday.

Platini declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference since announcing a month ago that he would stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.