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Oct 16, 2015

Soccer-FIFA removes Thai FA’s executive committee after Worawi ban

BERNE, Oct 16 (Reuters) – FIFA removed the entire executive committee of Thailand’s football association (FAT) on Friday, four days after its president Worawi Makudi was suspended pending an ethics investigation by soccer’s governing body.

FIFA said that it had put in place a so-called “normalisation committee” to oversee the election of a new executive committee by Feb. 16 “at the latest”.

Oct 15, 2015

UEFA wants fast decision for Platini, no delay for FIFA election

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA called for a rapid decision in the case of its suspended president Michel Platini on Thursday and said the FIFA presidential election, which he is contesting, should go ahead in February as planned.

However, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said there had been “different opinions” among UEFA’s 54 member associations and he did not rule out another European candidate entering the FIFA presidential race.

Oct 14, 2015

Union voices player safety fears after ‘farcical’ Ecuador qualifier

BERNE (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has called for players’ safety to be made a priority after Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Bolivia was played in what it called farcical conditions.

The game in Quito, which the hosts won 2-0, went ahead even though a torrential downpour had left large areas of the Atahualpa stadium pitch under water.

Oct 14, 2015

Soccer-Union voices player safety fears after ‘farcical’ Ecuador qualifier

BERNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has called for players’ safety to be made a priority after Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Ecuador and Bolivia was played in what it called farcical conditions.

The game in Quito, which the hosts won 2-0, went ahead even though a torrential downpour had left large areas of the Atahualpa stadium pitch under water.

Oct 13, 2015

Europe’s loyalty to Platini faces ultimate test

ZURICH (Reuters) – European football chiefs will have to decide on Thursday whether to continue backing Michel Platini as the FIFA presidential hopeful battles an ethics probe or whether to quietly drop the man who has been their unquestioned leader for eight years.

They could try to push for postponement of the Feb. 26 FIFA presidential election, a move which could conceivably give Platini time to prove his innocence but which could also be interpreted as an attempt to move the goalposts.

Oct 13, 2015

Soccer-Europe’s loyalty to Platini faces ultimate test

ZURICH, Oct 13 (Reuters) – European soccer chiefs will have to decide on Thursday whether to continue backing Michel Platini as the FIFA presidential hopeful battles an ethics probe or whether to quietly drop the man who has been their unquestioned leader for eight years.

They could try to push for postponement of the Feb. 26 FIFA presidential election, a move which could conceivably give Platini time to prove his innocence but which could also be interpreted as an attempt to move the goalposts.

Oct 12, 2015

Zen Ruffinen asked to stand for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former FIFA secretary-general Michel Zen Ruffinen has been asked to stand for the presidency of soccer’s governing body and is studying the situation, he said on Monday.

“I am simply studying the situation following some requests that I have received to (be a) candidate for the position,” the Swiss told Reuters. “I will monitor the situation, see how it develops in the next days and check the feasibility (to see) if it makes sense.”

Oct 12, 2015

Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi suspended for 90 days

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi, the current head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), has been suspended for 90 days pending a full investigation, the ethics committee of soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

Worawi, who was on the committee in December 2010 when it voted to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, will now face a formal investigation, the ethics committee said in a statement.

Oct 12, 2015

Soccer-Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi suspended for 90 days

ZURICH, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi, the current head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), has been suspended for 90 days pending a full investigation, the ethics committee of soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

Worawi, who was on the committee in December 2010 when it voted to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, will now face a formal investigation, the ethics committee said in a statement.

Oct 12, 2015

FIFA ethics committee says Platini complaints ‘not valid’

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s ethics committee has rejected criticism from UEFA president Michel Platini over the manner of his suspension, saying the argument that he was not allowed to defend himself is “not valid.”

Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body, was suspended for 90 days last Thursday along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter pending a full investigation against them.