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Jun 16, 2015

Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Center may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harbored lofty ambitions about soccer contributing to world peace and social harmony.

Jun 16, 2015

Analysis – Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Centre may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harboured lofty ambitions about football contributing to world peace and social harmony.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH, June 16 (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Center may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harboured lofty ambitions about football contributing to world peace and social harmony.

Jun 16, 2015

FIFA says Nobel Center decision ‘isn’t fair play’

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA reacted with bitterness on Tuesday over the Nobel Peace Center’s plan to end cooperation over the Handshake for Peace initiative, saying the decision was “not fair play”.

Soccer’s governing body added that it was disappointed and reluctant to accept the move, something it learned through the media.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-FIFA says Nobel Center decision “isn’t fair play”

ZURICH, June 16 (Reuters) – FIFA reacted with bitterness on Tuesday over the Nobel Peace Center’s plan to end cooperation over the Handshake for Peace initiative, saying the decision was “not fair play”.

Soccer’s governing body added that it was disappointed and reluctant to accept the move, something it learned through the media.

Jun 16, 2015

Blatter could remain FIFA head if suitable candidate not found: report

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter could go back on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, even as U.S. prosecutors revealed a plea deal with a past FIFA executive who told investigators about bribes and kickbacks.

Klaus Stoehlker, who advised Blatter during this year’s FIFA election campaign, told Sky News that Blatter could remain head of world soccer’s governing body if a “convincing candidate” to replace him did not emerge.

Jun 15, 2015

Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn and stand again

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, while FIFA did not directly deny the possibility.

Klaus Stoehlker, who advised Blatter during the recent election campaign, told Sky News that Blatter could remain head of world soccer’s governing body if a “convincing candidate” to replace him did not emerge.

Jun 11, 2015

Champagne ponders FIFA presidential bid, calls for voting system reform

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne said he is considering whether to make another run for the presidency of soccer’s global governing body and called for whoever gets the job to heal the rift between Europe and the rest of the world.

The Frenchman, who was a diplomat until he played an official role in the 1998 World Cup in France, warned that the majority of FIFA’s members would not accept it if the game fell under control of what he described as the G7, meaning wealthy European federations and clubs.

Jun 11, 2015

Soccer-Champagne ponders FIFA presidential bid, calls for voting system reform

ZURICH, June 11 (Reuters) – Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne said he is considering whether to make another run for the presidency of soccer`s global governing body and called for whoever gets the job to heal the rift between Europe and the rest of the world.

The Frenchman, who was a diplomat until he played an official role in the 1998 World Cup in France, warned that the majority of FIFA’s members would not accept it if the game fell under control of what he described as the G7, meaning wealthy European federations and clubs.

Jun 11, 2015

Analysis – FIFA to hold new election but under same old rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA began the process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday with the same system which has caused problems in the past.

In the race to become only the ninth president in the scandal-plagued federation’s 111-year history, there is a big risk that once again it will be a question of who can promise the most development funds to the 209 member associations, many of them from smaller countries, who each hold one vote in the presidential election.