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May 28, 2015

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The corruption charges engulfing world soccer’s governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.

With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe’s soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go “with tears in my eyes”, but the 79-year-old had refused.

May 28, 2015

Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world football’s body facing yet another corruption crisis.

He said that he hoped that 45 or 46 of Europe’s eligible 53 voting nations would vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday’s presidential election against Blatter who is standing for a fifth term as president.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-UPDATE 2-Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world soccer’s body facing yet another corruption crisis.

He said that he hoped that 45 or 46 of Europe’s eligible 53 voting nations would vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday’s presidential election against Blatter who is standing for a fifth term as president.

May 28, 2015

Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians.

Despite FIFA statements that it was business as usual following the arrest of seven senior figures on U.S. corruption charges, Blatter kept out of sight on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference.

May 27, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to “root out any wrongdoing in football” after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S. and Swiss authorities on Wednesday.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election as FIFA president on Friday, added that the investigations will help to reinforce measures world soccer’s governing body has already taken.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to “root out any wrongdoing in football” after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S. and Swiss authorities on Wednesday.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election as FIFA president on Friday, added that the investigations will help to reinforce measures world soccer’s governing body has already taken.

May 27, 2015

Analysis – Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Soccer’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.

May 27, 2015

World soccer rocked as top officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game’s powerful governing body, FIFA.

May 27, 2015

Analysis – Undeterred by arrests, football boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Football’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.

May 27, 2015

Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation’s initial reaction to Wednesday’s extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape.

Soccer’s governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors.