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May 29, 2015

Soccer-Russia, Qatar choice led to FIFA problems, says Blatter

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“On Dec 2, 2010, here in Zurich, when we decided on the two World Cup hosts in one session, if two other countries had emerged from the envelope, I think we would not have these problems today.

May 29, 2015

Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body.

At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

May 28, 2015

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The corruption charges engulfing world soccer’s governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.

With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe’s soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go “with tears in my eyes”, but the 79-year-old had refused.

May 28, 2015

Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world football’s body facing yet another corruption crisis.

He said that he hoped that 45 or 46 of Europe’s eligible 53 voting nations would vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday’s presidential election against Blatter who is standing for a fifth term as president.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-UPDATE 2-Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world soccer’s body facing yet another corruption crisis.

He said that he hoped that 45 or 46 of Europe’s eligible 53 voting nations would vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in Friday’s presidential election against Blatter who is standing for a fifth term as president.

May 28, 2015

Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians.

Despite FIFA statements that it was business as usual following the arrest of seven senior figures on U.S. corruption charges, Blatter kept out of sight on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference.

May 27, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to “root out any wrongdoing in football” after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S. and Swiss authorities on Wednesday.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election as FIFA president on Friday, added that the investigations will help to reinforce measures world soccer’s governing body has already taken.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing

ZURICH, May 27 (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to “root out any wrongdoing in football” after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S. and Swiss authorities on Wednesday.

Blatter, who is standing for re-election as FIFA president on Friday, added that the investigations will help to reinforce measures world soccer’s governing body has already taken.