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Jul 14, 2015

Soccer-Speed skater Pechstein gets financial help from football union

BERNE, July 14 (Reuters) – German Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein is to get financial backing from the world footballers’ union FIFPro in her battle to be awarded damages over a doping ban.

FIFPro said the dispute had highlighted its concerns about the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration (CAS), sport’s highest tribunal, which was previously criticised by the soccer union in March.

Jul 13, 2015

FIFA will not intervene in New Zealand Olympics row

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s disciplinary committee will not intervene in the controversy which led to New Zealand being kicked out of the Olympic qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player, soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

New Zealand’s under-23 side were expelled from the Oceania zone qualifying tournament just hours before Sunday’s final against Fiji, who went on to beat Vanuatu to advance as the region’s representative at next year’s Rio Games.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-FIFA will not intervene in New Zealand Olympics row

ZURICH, July 13 (Reuters) – FIFA’s disciplinary committee will not intervene in the controversy which led to New Zealand being kicked out of the Olympic qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player, soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

New Zealand’s under-23 side were expelled from the Oceania zone qualifying tournament just hours before Sunday’s final against Fiji, who went on to beat Vanuatu to advance as the region’s representative at next year’s Rio Games.

Jul 13, 2015

Blatter to face media for first time since stepping down

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is set to face the media in Zurich on July 20 for the first time since he announced last month that he would step down as president of soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke will both take part in a news conference after an executive committee meeting which will set the date for the extraordinary FIFA Congress and presidential election, FIFA said on Monday.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-Blatter to face media for first time since stepping down

ZURICH, July 13 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is set to face the media in Zurich on July 20 for the first time since he announced last month that he would step down as president of soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke will both take part in a news conference after an executive committee meeting which will set the date for the extraordinary FIFA Congress and presidential election, FIFA said on Monday.

Jul 9, 2015

FIFA bans Chuck Blazer from soccer for life

ZURICH/BERN, July 9 (Reuters) – Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, a key figure in a U.S. investigation into corruption by soccer officials, on Thursday was banned for life from football activities by the sport’s governing body.

Blazer, who in 2013 secretly pleaded guilty in the United States to bribery and financial offences, was found by FIFA’s ethics committee to have breached rules on loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and bribery and corruption.

Jul 3, 2015

UEFA eases restrictions on Manchester City, PSG

BERNE (Reuters) – UEFA has eased restrictions placed last year on big-spending Manchester City and Paris St Germain as part of its break-even financial fair play (FFP) rules, European football’s governing body said on Friday.

UEFA said it had also lifted “a number of restrictions” on transfer activity and wages which had been placed on the clubs as part of settlement deals one year ago. Restrictions on squad sizes for European competition have also been eased.

Jul 3, 2015

Soccer-UEFA eases restrictions on Manchester City, PSG

BERNE, July 3 (Reuters) – UEFA has eased restrictions placed last year on big-spending Manchester City and Paris St Germain as part of its break-even financial fair play (FFP) rules, European soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

UEFA said it had also lifted “a number of restrictions” on transfer activity and wages which had been placed on the clubs as part of settlement deals one year ago. Restrictions on squad sizes for European competition have also been eased.

Jun 30, 2015

Olympiakos Champions League spot safe for now

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Olympiakos Piraeus are keeping their spot in the Champions League for the time being despite investigations in Greece into the club’s owner Vangelis Marinakis, UEFA said on Tuesday.

Marinakis was banned from soccer earlier this month and has also been ordered to report to police every 15 days on strict bail terms.

Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-Olympiakos Champions League spot safe for now

PRAGUE, June 30 (Reuters) – Olympiakos Piraeus are keeping their spot in the Champions League for the time being despite investigations in Greece into the club’s owner Vangelis Marinakis, UEFA said on Tuesday.

Marinakis was banned from soccer earlier this month and has also been ordered to report to police every 15 days on strict bail terms.