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Dec 4, 2014

Unrealistic boycott could splinter sport, experts say

ZURICH (Reuters) – A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic in the foreseeable future and, even if a breakaway were to eventually take place, experts say it could leave soccer’s administration hopelessly splintered.

FIFA has been plagued by a wave of scandals and controversy, ranging from allegations of corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to a row over $25,000 watches gifted to executive committee members at the World Cup in Brazil.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-Unrealistic boycott could splinter sport, experts say

ZURICH, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic in the foreseeable future and, even if a breakaway were to eventually take place, experts say it could leave soccer’s administration hopelessly splintered.

FIFA has been plagued by a wave of scandals and controversy, ranging from allegations of corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to a row over $25,000 watches gifted to executive committee members at the World Cup in Brazil.

Nov 26, 2014

Ronaldo strike sinks gallant Basel

BASEL (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind Lionel Messi’s record, to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday as they maintained their 100 percent record in Group B.

The Portuguese scored from close range after Karim Benzema got to the byline and pulled the ball back as he equalled former Real Madrid forward Raul’s Champions League tally.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo strike sinks gallant Basel

BASEL, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind Lionel Messi’s record, to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday as they maintained their 100 percent record in Group B.

The Portuguese scored from close range after Karim Benzema got to the byline and pulled the ball back as he equalled former Real Madrid forward Raul’s Champions League tally.

Nov 25, 2014

Blatter sad after Israeli soldiers enter Palestine FA

BERNE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reacted angrily on Tuesday and FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was saddened after Israeli soldiers entered the headquarters of the Palestine Football Association (PFA).

“FIFA President Blatter was very sad to learn about an incident involving Israeli army force that happened yesterday at the headquarters of the PFA,” said FIFA in a statement.

Nov 25, 2014

Soccer-Blatter sad after Israeli soldiers enter Palestine FA

BERNE, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reacted angrily on Tuesday and FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was saddened after Israeli soldiers entered the headquarters of the Palestine Football Association (PFA).

“FIFA President Blatter was very sad to learn about an incident involving Israeli army force that happened yesterday at the headquarters of the PFA,” said FIFA in a statement.

Nov 21, 2014

Qatar should stage World Cup only if exploitation stops – Champagne

ZURICH (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup should be held in Qatar only if the exploitation of migrant workers stops, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne told Reuters in an interview

The Frenchman said that FIFA’s capability to govern the sport could be threatened by the continuing controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and that “sanctity of the World Cup” was also at stake

Nov 21, 2014

Soccer-Qatar should stage World Cup only if exploitation stops – Champagne

ZURICH, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup should be held in Qatar only if the exploitation of migrant workers stops, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne told Reuters in an interview

The Frenchman said that FIFA’s capability to govern the sport could be threatened by the continuing controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and that “sanctity of the World Cup” was also at stake

Nov 20, 2014

FIFA ethics chiefs agree next step for 2018/2022 report

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia met on Thursday and agreed on the next step for their probe into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 soccer World Cups. They decided that Garcia’s report on his investigation would be sent to the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, who would in turn decide how much of the report would be sent to the FIFA executive committee.

Eckert, head of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, said in a 42-page statement last week there were no grounds to reopen the bidding process which led to Russia and Qatar getting the tournaments run by FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-FIFA ethics chiefs agree next step for 2018/2022 report

ZURICH, Nov 20 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia met on Thursday and agreed on the next step for their probe into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 soccer World Cups.

They decided that Garcia’s report on his investigation would be sent to the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, who would in turn decide how much of the report would be sent to the FIFA executive committee.