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May 21, 2015

Platini says Financial Fair Play ‘here so stay’

BERNE (Reuters) – Michel Platini has confirmed that changes have been proposed to UEFA’s break-even rules, known as Financial Fair Play (FFP), though he did not repeat the suggestion he previously made that they would be relaxed.

The UEFA president told a French radio station on Monday that European football’s governing body was contemplating “easing” the rules which prevent rich owners from pumping unlimited funds into their clubs.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Platini says Financial Fair Play “here so stay”

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Michel Platini has confirmed that changes have been proposed to UEFA’s break-even rules, known as Financial Fair Play (FFP), though he did not repeat the suggestion he previously made that they would be relaxed.

The UEFA president told a French radio station on Monday that European soccer’s governing body was contemplating “easing” the rules which prevent rich owners from pumping unlimited funds into their clubs.

May 21, 2015

Figo struggling to show same magic off the field

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Luis Figo was one of the most talented, successful and exciting players of his generation, leading Portugal to a series of impressive performances which put many bigger countries to shame.

However, he has not brought quite the same sparkle to his campaign for the FIFA presidency, which he is contesting against incumbent Sepp Blatter, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Prince Ali Bin AL Hussein of Jordan at the end of this month.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Figo struggling to show same magic off the field

May 21 (Reuters) – Luis Figo was one of the most talented, successful and exciting players of his generation, leading Portugal to a series of impressive performances which put many bigger countries to shame.

However, he has not brought quite the same sparkle to his campaign for the FIFA presidency, which he is contesting against incumbent Sepp Blatter, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Prince Ali Bin AL Hussein of Jordan at the end of this month.

May 15, 2015

Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if Palestine goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer’s governing body on May 29.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election at the Congress, said the dispute was “the biggest challenge” facing him as he comes to the end of his current mandate, and added that Israel had not broken any FIFA statutes.

May 15, 2015

Soccer-Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

ZURICH, May 15 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if Palestine goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer’s governing body on May 29.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election at the Congress, said the dispute was “the biggest challenge” facing him as he comes to the end of his current mandate, and added that Israel had not broken any FIFA statutes.

May 15, 2015

Sepp Blatter says no reason for him not to visit U.S.

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter said there is no reason for him not to visit the United States and that he plans to go next year when the country stages the Centenary edition of the Copa America.

A documentary aired by ESPN on Tuesday suggested that Blatter was reluctant to travel to the U.S. because of an FBI investigation into the controversial bidding process for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

May 15, 2015

Blatter says no reason for him not to visit the U.S

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter said there is no reason for him not to visit the United States and that he plans to go next year when the country stages the Centenary edition of the Copa America.

A documentary aired by ESPN on Tuesday suggested that Blatter was reluctant to travel to the U.S. because of an FBI investigation into the controversial bidding process for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

May 15, 2015

Soccer-Blatter says no reason for him not to visit the U.S.

ZURICH, May 15 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter said there is no reason for him not to visit the United States and that he plans to go next year when the country stages the Centenary edition of the Copa America.

A documentary aired by ESPN on Tuesday suggested that Blatter was reluctant to travel to the U.S. because of an FBI investigation into the controversial bidding process for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

May 15, 2015

Blatter wants to keep 32-team World Cup

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is opposed to proposals to expand the number of teams at the World Cup and would like to keep the number of participants to 32 if he is re-elected, he said on Friday.

He also suggested playing more intercontinental playoffs to resolve the discussion about how many places should be awarded to each region, and that a continent which hosts the World Cup should wait at least 12 years before staging it again.