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Aug 24, 2015

Astana on the brink as playoffs promise drama

BERNE (Reuters) – Astana are on the brink of becoming the first Kazakh team to reach the Champions League proper in this week’s playoff ties which promise to serve up the sort of drama and tension often missing from the group stage.

Monaco, quarter-finalists last season, must overturn a two-goal deficit at home to Valencia in arguably the most attractive of the week’s second leg clashes and Lazio defend a one-goal lead at Bayer Leverkusen.

Aug 24, 2015

Soccer-Astana on the brink as playoffs promise drama

BERNE, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Astana are on the brink of becoming the first Kazakh team to reach the Champions League proper in this week’s playoff ties which promise to serve up the sort of drama and tension often missing from the group stage.

Monaco, quarter-finalists last season, must overturn a two-goal deficit at home to Valencia in arguably the most attractive of the week’s second leg clashes and Lazio defend a one-goal lead at Bayer Leverkusen.

Aug 22, 2015

FIFA cannot be dominated by one continent, warns Blatter

By Brian Homewood

ULRICHEN, Switzerland,(Reuters) – Scandal-hit FIFA can never be dominated by one continent, outgoing president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Without going into details or naming anyone, Blatter said that in the past one continental federation had tried to exert a dominance over the others, using proposed reforms as an attempt to grab the presidency.

Aug 22, 2015

Soccer-FIFA cannot be dominated by one continent, warns Blatter

ULRICHEN, Switzerland, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Scandal-hit FIFA can never be dominated by one continent, outgoing president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Without going into details or naming anyone, Blatter said that in the past one continental federation had tried to exert a dominance over the others, using proposed reforms as an attempt to grab the presidency.

Aug 21, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA team targets match-fixing, ‘many’ cases of corruption

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 21, 2015

FIFA team targets match-fixing, “many” cases of corruption – source

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is
probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating
its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor
offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to
the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution
and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source
described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 21, 2015

Exclusive – FIFA team targets match-fixing, ‘many’ cases of corruption: source

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 20, 2015

FIFA give little away after secretive sponsors’ meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA discussed reforms with some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday during a secretive meeting at the headquarters of world soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body.

FIFA told its partners it was committed to reform and transparency but would not comment further on the meeting which it described as “internal.”

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA give little away after secretive sponsors’ meeting

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – FIFA discussed reforms with some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday during a secretive meeting at the headquarters of world soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body.

FIFA told its partners it was committed to reform and transparency but would not comment further on the meeting which it described as “internal.”

Aug 20, 2015

Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election

ZURICH (Reuters) – An increasingly bitter rift between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini looks set to define the campaign to elect the next leader of soccer’s corruption-plagued world governing body.

The tense relationship between the Swiss and the Frenchman, once described by Blatter as being “like father and son”, has descended in recent days into open conflict.