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Aug 21, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA team targets match-fixing, ‘many’ cases of corruption

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 21, 2015

FIFA team targets match-fixing, “many” cases of corruption – source

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is
probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating
its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor
offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to
the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution
and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source
described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 21, 2015

Exclusive – FIFA team targets match-fixing, ‘many’ cases of corruption: source

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s independent ethics committee is probing “many” cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source described as soccer’s “big story”.

Aug 20, 2015

FIFA give little away after secretive sponsors’ meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA discussed reforms with some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday during a secretive meeting at the headquarters of world soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body.

FIFA told its partners it was committed to reform and transparency but would not comment further on the meeting which it described as “internal.”

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA give little away after secretive sponsors’ meeting

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – FIFA discussed reforms with some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday during a secretive meeting at the headquarters of world soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body.

FIFA told its partners it was committed to reform and transparency but would not comment further on the meeting which it described as “internal.”

Aug 20, 2015

Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election

ZURICH (Reuters) – An increasingly bitter rift between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini looks set to define the campaign to elect the next leader of soccer’s corruption-plagued world governing body.

The tense relationship between the Swiss and the Frenchman, once described by Blatter as being “like father and son”, has descended in recent days into open conflict.

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – An increasingly bitter rift
between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel
Platini looks set to define the campaign to elect the next
leader of soccer’s corruption-plagued world governing body.

The tense relationship between the Swiss and the Frenchman,
once described by Blatter as being “like father and son”, has
descended in recent days into open conflict.

Aug 20, 2015

FIFA attempts to raise club standards worldwide

ZURICH (Reuters) – Professional soccer clubs worldwide will have to meet minimum standards in stadium safety, the treatment of fans and youth football development to be admitted into certain competitions, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

They will also have to agree to be more transparent about their owners and allow independent auditing of their finances, FIFA said in a statement.

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA attempts to raise club standards worldwide

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Professional soccer clubs worldwide will have to meet minimum standards in stadium safety, the treatment of fans and youth football development to be admitted into certain competitions, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

They will also have to agree to be more transparent about their owners and allow independent auditing of their finances, FIFA said in a statement.

Aug 18, 2015

FIFA to meet sponsors on Thursday

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA will meet some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday to discuss reforms, a source close to soccer’s world governing body said on Tuesday.

The meeting will take place in Zurich, the source told Reuters, although no further details were available.