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Oct 12, 2015

Soccer-FIFA ethics committee says Platini complaints “not valid”

ZURICH, Oct 12 (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.

Oct 9, 2015

Blatter, Platini face uphill struggle under scrutiny of appeal panel

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s Appeal Committee will never face a bigger task than ruling on the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and the man who has been most likely to succeed him as president, Michel Platini.

Last year, it was the focus of world soccer when it ruled against Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s who had appealed his four month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup in an incident seen by millions of fans on television.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-Blatter, Platini face uphill struggle under scrutiny of appeal panel

ZURICH, Oct 9 (Reuters) – FIFA’s Appeal Committee will never face a bigger task than ruling on the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and the man who has been most likely to succeed him as president, Michel Platini.

Last year, it was the focus of world soccer when it ruled against Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s who had appealed his four month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup in an incident seen by millions of fans on television.

Oct 8, 2015

Platini suspension throws open race for soccer’s top job

ZURICH (Reuters) – The race to find a new FIFA president to lead soccer’s scandal- plagued administration into a new era was thrown wide open on Thursday when onetime favourite Michel Platini was provisionally banned from football.

Sources close to Platini, head of European soccer body UEFA, had said he expected to win the backing of four of the six world continental confederations to succeed Sepp Blatter in an election on Feb. 26.

Oct 8, 2015

Platini suspension throws open race for football’s top job

ZURICH (Reuters) – The race to find a new FIFA president to lead football’s scandal- plagued administration into a new era was thrown wide open on Thursday when onetime favourite Michel Platini was provisionally banned from football.

Sources close to Platini, head of European football body UEFA, had said he expected to win the backing of four of the six world continental confederations to succeed Sepp Blatter in an election on Feb. 26.

Oct 8, 2015

Soccer-Platini suspension throws open race for soccer’s top job

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The race to find a new FIFA president to lead soccer’s scandal- plagued administration into a new era was thrown wide open on Thursday when onetime favourite Michel Platini was provisionally banned from football.

Sources close to Platini, head of European soccer body UEFA, had said he expected to win the backing of four of the six world continental confederations to succeed Sepp Blatter in an election on Feb. 26.

Oct 8, 2015

Newsmaker – Blatter’s ship finally runs aground

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wanted to be remembered as the FIFA president who turned soccer into a truly global sport, and a catalyst for development, peace and social change.

He was immensely proud of taking the World Cup to Africa for the first time, when South Africa hosted the flagship tournament in 2010, and proudly told how football continued to be played even in the world’s most brutal conflict zones.

Oct 8, 2015

Blatter’s ship finally runs aground

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wanted to be remembered as the FIFA president who turned soccer into a truly global sport, and a catalyst for development, peace and social change.

He was immensely proud of taking the World Cup to Africa for the first time, when South Africa hosted the flagship tournament in 2010, and proudly told how soccer continued to be played even in the world’s most brutal conflict zones.

Oct 8, 2015

Soccer-Blatter’s ship finally runs aground

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wanted to be remembered as the FIFA president who turned soccer into a truly global sport, and a catalyst for development, peace and social change.

He was immensely proud of taking the World Cup to Africa for the first time, when South Africa hosted the flagship tournament in 2010, and proudly told how football continued to be played even in the world’s most brutal conflict zones.

Sep 29, 2015

Former FIFA powerbroker Warner banned for life

ZURICH (Reuters) – Trinidadian Jack Warner, once one of the most powerful men in world soccer, has been banned from all football-related activities for life, the ethics committee of the global governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.

Warner, 72, was one of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives indicted in the United States on May 27 on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.