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Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-UEFA needs more help to fight violence, racism: Platini

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – UEFA has been left to fend for itself in the battle against racism, violence and match-fixing and needs more help from government authorities, its president Michel Platini said on Tuesday.

The Frenchman said that a rise in nationalism and extremism in Europe was being reflected in stadiums and that, after several recent incidents of fan violence, European soccer was risking a return to the dark days of the 1980s.

Mar 23, 2015

UEFA ‘sad and upset’ at conduct of Germany’s Zwanziger

VIENNA (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA has publicly criticised one of its representatives on the FIFA executive committee, Theo Zwanziger, saying it was “sad and upset” at the German’s recent conduct.

Zwanziger recently made a complaint to FIFA’s ethics committee which led it to investigate the pay and pension arrangements of German football federation president (DFB) Wolfsgang Niersbach, who was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-UEFA “sad and upset” at conduct of Germany’s Zwanziger

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA has publicly criticised one of its representatives on the FIFA executive committee, Theo Zwanziger, saying it was “sad and upset” at the German’s recent conduct.

Zwanziger recently made a complaint to FIFA’s ethics committee which led it to investigate the pay and pension arrangements of German football federation president (DFB) Wolfsgang Niersbach, who was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mar 23, 2015

European leagues’ alone in opposing 2022 Cup timing – UEFA

VIENNA (Reuters) – The association which represents European football’s professional leagues is alone in its opposition to the settlement reached last week over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, UEFA said on Monday.

FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the tournament would be held in November and December, forcing the European club season to take a break.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-European leagues’ alone in opposing 2022 Cup timing – UEFA

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – The association which represents European soccer’s professional leagues is alone in its opposition to the settlement reached last week over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, UEFA said on Monday.

FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the tournament would be held in November and December, forcing the European club season to take a break.

Mar 23, 2015

Europe deserves another World Cup place, says UEFA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Europe deserves at least one more place at the World Cup and is optimistic that will be granted for the 2018 tournament in Russia, European football’s governing body UEFA said on Monday.

UEFA was allocated 13 slots at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and wants a 14th next time around, in addition to Russia who qualify automatically as hosts.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-Europe deserves another World Cup place, says UEFA

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – Europe deserves at least one more place at the World Cup and is optimistic that will be granted for the 2018 tournament in Russia, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Monday.

UEFA was allocated 13 slots at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and wants a 14th next time around, in addition to Russia who qualify automatically as hosts.

Mar 20, 2015

FIFA announces $2 billion revenue for 2014

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA raked in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2014 while its rainy day cash reserves rose to $1.523 billion, soccer’s governing body said in its annual financial report on Friday.

Meanwhile, revenue for the 2011-2014 cycle, which included the Brazil World Cup, was $5.718 billion while expenditure also rose to $5.380 billion, leaving a surplus of $338 million.

Mar 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA announces $2 billion revenue for 2014

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – FIFA raked in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2014 while its rainy day cash reserves rose to $1.523 billion, soccer’s governing body said in its annual financial report on Friday.

Meanwhile, revenue for the 2011-2014 cycle, which included the Brazil World Cup, was $5.718 billion while expenditure also rose to $5.380 billion, leaving a surplus of $338 million.

Mar 20, 2015

My 17 years as president is my manifesto, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not be publishing a manifesto in his bid for re-election, saying on Friday that he wanted to be judged on his 17 years in charge of soccer’s governing body.

“My manifesto is the work I have done in the last years in FIFA,” he told a news conference after an executive committee meeting.