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Dec 19, 2014

Ethics committee has created problems, admits Blatter

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s reformed ethics committee has created problems as well as solving them and needs to speed up its work, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter added that FIFA would investigate how the identity of three executive committee members, placed under investigation by the ethics committee, had been leaked to the media.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Ethics committee has created problems, admits Blatter

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – FIFA’s reformed ethics committee has created problems as well as solving them and needs to speed up its work, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter added that FIFA would investigate how the identity of three executive committee members, placed under investigation by the ethics committee, had been leaked to the media.

Dec 19, 2014

FIFA says will publish Garcia report in appropriate form

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has voted to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body had been under increasing pressure to publish a redacted version of Garcia’s report to help shed light on what happened during the turbulent process for the tournaments awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA says will publish Garcia report in appropriate form

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has voted to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body had been under increasing pressure to publish a redacted version of Garcia’s report to help shed light on what happened during the turbulent process for the tournaments awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Dec 19, 2014

Preview: San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros ($3.68 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

Dec 19, 2014

San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros (£2.35 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros ($3.68 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

Dec 18, 2014

Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 18, 2014

Newsmaker: Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 18, 2014

Soccer-Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH, Dec 18 (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”