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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.

May 15, 2015

Soccer-Blatter wants to keep 32-team World Cup

ZURICH, May 15 (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.

May 13, 2015

Tahiti FA director Temarii banned for eight years by FIFA

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Former FIFA executive committee member Reynald Temarii has been banned for eight years for accepting more than 300,000 euros (£216,077) from disgraced former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam, FIFA said on Wednesday.

Temarii, who was banned from taking part in the vote to choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, was found to have violated several FIFA ethics codes.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Tahiti FA director Temarii banned for eight years by FIFA

May 13 (Reuters) – Former FIFA executive committee member Reynald Temarii has been banned for eight years for accepting more than 300,000 euros ($339,330.00) from disgraced former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam, FIFA said on Wednesday.

Temarii, who was banned from taking part in the vote to choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, was found to have violated several FIFA ethics codes.

May 10, 2015

Champions League race wide open as nine-man Lazio lose

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Third-placed Lazio played the last half hour with nine men and survived a missed penalty before losing 2-1 at home to Inter Milan with their former player Hernanes netting a double in Serie A on Sunday.

Lazio’s defeat meant Napoli moved within three points of the Champions League places despite being held 2-2 at Parma, who accused their opponents of belittling them in a bitter end to the match.