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Jun 3, 2015

Blatter rocks world football by quitting FIFA amid scandal

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of football on Tuesday by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself.

Citing sources familiar with the case, The New York Times and ABC News reported on Tuesday that Blatter was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Jun 3, 2015

Blatter rocks world soccer by quitting FIFA amid scandal

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself.

Citing sources familiar with the case, The New York Times and ABC News reported on Tuesday that Blatter was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report. Blatter has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Jun 2, 2015

FIFA takes aim at powerful committee in battle to restore credibility

ZURICH (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of FIFA’s Zurich headquarters, three floors underground in a room lined with black granite walls and beyond the reach of mobile phones, lies the powerful core of international football.

Here, the 24-member executive committee of soccer’s governing body meets to plot the biggest decisions in a sport that has been rocked over the past week by sweeping U.S. corruption charges, arrests of top officials and now the shock announced departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-FIFA takes aim at powerful committee in battle to restore credibility

ZURICH, June 2 (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of FIFA’s Zurich headquarters, three floors underground in a room lined with black granite walls and beyond the reach of mobile phones, lies the powerful core of international football.

Here, the 24-member executive committee of soccer’s governing body meets to plot the biggest decisions in a sport that has been rocked over the past week by sweeping U.S. corruption charges, arrests of top officials and now the shock announced departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Jun 2, 2015

Blatter stands down as FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter stunned the world of soccer when he resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, ending a 40-year career at the sport’s governing body just four days after being re-elected to a fifth term despite a U.S. corruption investigation.

The 79-year-old, who has held office since 1998, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after Swiss police, acting on a request from United States authorities, raided a hotel in the Swiss city and arrested several FIFA officials. Blatter has not been charged.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Blatter stands down as FIFA president

ZURICH, June 2 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter stunned the world of soccer when he resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, ending a 40-year career at the sport’s governing body just four days after being re-elected to a fifth term despite a U.S. corruption investigation.

The 79-year-old, who has held office since 1998, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after Swiss police, acting on a request from United States authorities, raided a hotel in the Swiss city and arrested several FIFA officials. Blatter has not been charged.

Jun 2, 2015

Blatter quits as FIFA chief after corruption scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday in the face of a U.S.-led corruption investigation that has plunged world soccer’s governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials and just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as president.

Jun 2, 2015

FIFA says Valcke not involved in $10 million payment

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA denied on Tuesday that Jérôme Valcke, the top lieutenant of its President Sepp Blatter, was involved in $10 million in bank transactions at the heart of a U.S. bribery investigation against the world soccer body, despite the publication of a letter to Valcke outlining the payment.

Secretary general Valcke had no role in the payments, which were authorized by the chairman of FIFA’s Finance Committee, it said in a statement.

May 30, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter comes out fighting despite scandal and divisions

ZURICH, May 30 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer’s governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid.

The 79-year-old Swiss comfortably won Friday’s vote at a FIFA congress in Zurich, having secured the support of blocks of votes from Asia and Africa, which outweighed dissenters including Europe’s powerful soccer body UEFA.

May 30, 2015

No change in distribution of World Cup places

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Europe will have 13 places, Africa 5, S.America 4.5, Asia 4.5, Concacaf 3.5 and Oceania 0.5, while hosts Russia qualify automatically in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.