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Sep 28, 2015

Tables turned as Platini pushed onto the defensive

ZURICH (Reuters) – Favourite to win February’s FIFA presidential election until the end of last week, Michel Platini is suddenly facing the same doubts and criticism which he has himself cast upon incumbent Sepp Blatter.

Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, has been forced onto the back foot after his name was involved in a transaction which led to Swiss authorities opening criminal proceedings against Blatter on Friday.

Sep 28, 2015

Soccer-Tables turned as Platini pushed onto the defensive

ZURICH, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Favourite to win February’s FIFA presidential election until the end of last week, Michel Platini is suddenly facing the same doubts and criticism which he has himself cast upon incumbent Sepp Blatter.

Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, has been forced onto the back foot after his name was involved in a transaction which led to Swiss authorities opening criminal proceedings against Blatter on Friday.

Sep 26, 2015

Swiss target Blatter in criminal probe

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world football body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday.

It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at the organisation’s headquarters on Friday.

Sep 25, 2015

Swiss target world soccer chief Blatter in criminal probe

ZURICH, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday.

It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at the organisation’s headquarters on Friday.

Sep 25, 2015

Swiss open criminal investigation of world soccer chief Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday.

It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at FIFA headquarters on Friday.

Sep 25, 2015

Swiss investigate Blatter for criminal mismanagement of FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal
investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body
FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and
misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on
Friday.

Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of FIFA’s executive
committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at
FIFA headquarters on Friday.

Sep 24, 2015

Blatter says failure to back reforms would be betrayal

ZURICH (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter told his scandal-plagued federation’s 209 member associations on Thursday that failure to support reform would amount to a betrayal of millions of soccer fans.

Blatter’s comments came as FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting where it was due to discuss a request to provide greater transparency around investigations into allegations of corruption.

Sep 24, 2015

Soccer-Blatter says failure to back reforms would be betrayal

ZURICH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter told his scandal-plagued federation’s 209 member associations on Thursday that failure to support reform would amount to a betrayal of millions of soccer fans.

Blatter’s comments came as FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting where it was due to discuss a request to provide greater transparency around investigations into allegations of corruption.

Sep 24, 2015

FIFA election is closed shop, says candidate Zico

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA has closed the door on those within football who want to enter the presidential election race, former Brazil playmaker Zico said on his Thursday as his bid threatened to hit the buffers.

Zico is struggling with the rule that requires potential candidates to present letters of support from five national football associations by Oct. 26, four months before the election.

Sep 24, 2015

Soccer-FIFA election is closed shop, says candidate Zico

ZURICH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – FIFA has closed the door on those within football who want to enter the presidential election race, former Brazil playmaker Zico said on his Thursday as his bid threatened to hit the buffers.

Zico is struggling with the rule that requires potential candidates to present letters of support from five national football associations by Oct. 26, four months before the election.