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May 29, 2015

Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Palestine dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international soccer amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress on Friday.

Instead, the Congress voted in favor of a proposal to create a multilateral committee of observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to move in and out of the occupied Palestinian territories.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – Palestine dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international football amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress on Friday.

Instead, the Congress voted in favour of a proposal to create a multilateral committee of observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to move in and out of the occupied Palestinian territories.

May 29, 2015

Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing delegates at FIFA’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

Blatter expected to win re-election despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing FIFA delegates at the body’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

Russia, Qatar choice led to FIFA problems, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“On Dec 2, 2010, here in Zurich, when we decided on the two World Cup hosts in one session, if two other countries had emerged from the envelope, I think we would not have these problems today.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Russia, Qatar choice led to FIFA problems, says Blatter

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“On Dec 2, 2010, here in Zurich, when we decided on the two World Cup hosts in one session, if two other countries had emerged from the envelope, I think we would not have these problems today.

May 29, 2015

Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body.

At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

May 28, 2015

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The corruption charges engulfing world soccer’s governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.

With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe’s soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go “with tears in my eyes”, but the 79-year-old had refused.