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May 27, 2015

FIFA says Blatter to seek fifth term despite arrests

ZURICH (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA called the arrest of six of its leading officials on bribery charges a “difficult moment” but said it would not derail President Sepp Blatter’s bid to win a fifth term in an election on Friday.

At a news conference in Zurich, FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio struck a defiant tone, saying a criminal investigation into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was unrelated to the looming leadership vote.

May 27, 2015

Global soccer officials arrested in U.S., Swiss corruption cases

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer on Wednesday, announcing a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two world cups and plunging the world’s most popular sport into turmoil.

In addition to the Swiss criminal probe, at least six football officials and a number of sports media and promotions executives would face extradition to the United States to face corruption charges involving more than $100 million in bribes.

May 27, 2015

Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S

ZURICH (Reuters) – Six soccer officials, including some high-ranking members of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States.

The arrests were made shortly after a dawn at a Zurich hotel where FIFA officials are staying ahead of this week’s FIFA presidential election.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – Six soccer officials, including some high-ranking members of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States.

The arrests were made shortly after a dawn at a Zurich hotel where FIFA officials are staying ahead of this week’s FIFA presidential election.

May 27, 2015

Four out of five fans don’t want Blatter to stand: survey

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four out of five soccer fans believe Sepp Blatter should not be standing for a fifth term as FIFA president, according to a survey conducted by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Transparency said 35,000 supporters in 30 countries were polled in the survey conducted with Football Addicts, a Swedish developer behind the Forza Football app.

May 26, 2015

Soccer-Four out of five fans don’t want Blatter to stand – survey

ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) – Four out of five football fans believe Sepp Blatter should not be standing for a fifth term as FIFA president, according to a survey conducted by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

Transparency said 35,000 supporters in 30 countries were polled in the survey conducted with Football Addicts, a Swedish developer behind the Forza Football app.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter’s blushes spared as just Prince Ali remains

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Michael van Praag and Luis Figo’s decisions to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race are unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate.

Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag and former Portugal forward Figo have never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election.

May 21, 2015

Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw

BERNE (Reuters) – Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter.

Figo went out with a bang as he launched a blistering attack on the electoral system of football’s governing body, saying it was a “plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man — something I refuse to go along with.”

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter.

Figo went out with a bang as he launched a blistering attack on the electoral system of soccer’s governing body, saying it was a “plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man — something I refuse to go along with.”

May 21, 2015

Figo pulls out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE (Reuters) – Former Portugal forward Luis Figo pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, hours after Dutchman Michael van Praag had also withdrawn.

“My decision is made, I will not stand in what is being called an election for the FIFA presidency,” he said on his Facebook page.