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Jun 5, 2015

Europe’s soccer body gloats at FIFA’s fall but has its own critics

ZURICH (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA has long led the opposition to the global game’s boss Sepp Blatter, so it’s no surprise that its officials have taken the moral high ground as corruption scandals brought the FIFA president down.

UEFA president Michel Platini, a former player who describes himself as a romantic, says the goings on at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters turn his stomach.

Jun 3, 2015

Players’ union says Blatter’s successor not most pressing issue

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s successor as FIFA president is not the most urgent issue facing football and the sport should no longer exist in a “bubble”, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Wednesday.

“The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing issue up for debate in the coming months,” said FIFPro, which represents 60,000 professional footballers worldwide.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Players’ union says Blatter’s successor not most pressing issue

ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s successor as FIFA president is not the most urgent issue facing football and the sport should no longer exist in a “bubble”, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Wednesday.

“The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing issue up for debate in the coming months,” said FIFPro, which represents 60,000 professional footballers worldwide.

Jun 3, 2015

Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by U.S. prosecutors, FBI

ZURICH/NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that now includes the 79-year-old chief himself.

Blatter, who has led soccer’s world governing body since 1998, is being investigated by U.S. prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a person who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters late on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman declined comment.

Jun 3, 2015

Blatter rocks world football by quitting FIFA amid scandal

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of football on Tuesday by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself.

Citing sources familiar with the case, The New York Times and ABC News reported on Tuesday that Blatter was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Jun 3, 2015

Blatter rocks world soccer by quitting FIFA amid scandal

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself.

Citing sources familiar with the case, The New York Times and ABC News reported on Tuesday that Blatter was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Jun 2, 2015

FIFA takes aim at powerful committee in battle to restore credibility

ZURICH (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of FIFA’s Zurich headquarters, three floors underground in a room lined with black granite walls and beyond the reach of mobile phones, lies the powerful core of international football.

Here, the 24-member executive committee of soccer’s governing body meets to plot the biggest decisions in a sport that has been rocked over the past week by sweeping U.S. corruption charges, arrests of top officials and now the shock announced departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-FIFA takes aim at powerful committee in battle to restore credibility

ZURICH, June 2 (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of FIFA’s Zurich headquarters, three floors underground in a room lined with black granite walls and beyond the reach of mobile phones, lies the powerful core of international football.

Here, the 24-member executive committee of soccer’s governing body meets to plot the biggest decisions in a sport that has been rocked over the past week by sweeping U.S. corruption charges, arrests of top officials and now the shock announced departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Jun 2, 2015

Blatter stands down as FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter stunned the world of soccer when he resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, ending a 40-year career at the sport’s governing body just four days after being re-elected to a fifth term despite a U.S. corruption investigation.

The 79-year-old, who has held office since 1998, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after Swiss police, acting on a request from United States authorities, raided a hotel in the Swiss city and arrested several FIFA officials. Blatter has not been charged.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Blatter stands down as FIFA president

ZURICH, June 2 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter stunned the world of soccer when he resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, ending a 40-year career at the sport’s governing body just four days after being re-elected to a fifth term despite a U.S. corruption investigation.

The 79-year-old, who has held office since 1998, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after Swiss police, acting on a request from United States authorities, raided a hotel in the Swiss city and arrested several FIFA officials. Blatter has not been charged.