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Jul 23, 2015

Russian authorities fail to understand racism, says U.N. official

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Russian football authorities need to do more to combat racism and have so far failed to fully grasp what it means, a United Nations official said on Thursday.

Racism in the 2018 World Cup host nation was thrown back into the spotlight on Wednesday when the Russian Football Union (RFU) rejected allegations that Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters.

Jul 23, 2015

Soccer-Russian authorities fail to understand racism, says U.N official

ST PETERSBURG, July 23 (Reuters) – Russian soccer authorities need to do more to combat racism and have so far failed to fully grasp what it means, a United Nations official said on Thursday.

Racism in the 2018 World Cup host nation was thrown back into the spotlight on Wednesday when the Russian Football Union (RFU) rejected allegations that Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters.

Jul 20, 2015

FIFA tries again to clean itself up

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA will set up a new taskforce to propose reforms aimed at cleaning itself up after a series of scandals over the past few years, soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

The proposed reforms would include integrity checks for the all-powerful 25-member executive committee, term limits for top officials and public disclosure of their earnings.

Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA tries again to clean itself up

ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) – FIFA will set up a new taskforce to propose reforms aimed at cleaning itself up after a series of scandals over the past few years, soccer’s governing body said on Monday.

The proposed reforms would include integrity checks for the all-powerful 25-member executive committee, term limits for top officials and public disclosure of their earnings.

Jul 20, 2015

Four of six confederations say would back Platini for FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four out of six continental soccer confederations would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, to lead the sport’s world governing body FIFA should he stand, a source close to UEFA said on Monday.

Frenchman Platini, who was re-elected for a third term as UEFA president earlier this year, is likely to decide within the next 10 days or so whether to run, the source added.

Jul 20, 2015

Four of six confederations say would back Platini for FIFA president – source

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four out of six continental soccer confederations would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, to lead the sport’s world governing body FIFA should he stand, a source close to UEFA said on Monday.

Frenchman Platini, who was re-elected for a third term as UEFA president earlier this year, is likely to decide within the next 10 days or so whether to run, the source added.

Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-Four of six confederations say would back Platini for FIFA president -source

ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) – Four out of six continental soccer confederations would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, to lead the sport’s world governing body FIFA should he stand, a source close to UEFA said on Monday.

Frenchman Platini, who was re-elected for a third term as UEFA president earlier this year, is likely to decide within the next 10 days or so whether to run, the source added.

Jul 19, 2015

FIFA officials tight-lipped ahead of key meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA officials gave no clues on Sunday over what to expect from a key meeting on Monday which is expected to choose a date for the presidential election and discuss reforms to soccer’s discredited governing body.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter chaired a preliminary meeting of the presidents of the six continental confederations at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, their first since his shock announcement on June 2 that he intended to quit.

Jul 19, 2015

Soccer-FIFA officials tight-lipped ahead of key meeting

ZURICH, July 19 (Reuters) – FIFA officials gave no clues on Sunday over what to expect from a key meeting on Monday which is expected to choose a date for the presidential election and discuss reforms to soccer’s discredited governing body.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter chaired a preliminary meeting of the presidents of the six continental confederations at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, their first since his shock announcement on June 2 that he intended to quit.

Jul 17, 2015

Preview – FIFA powerbrokers to plot future in Monday meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s future will begin to take shape on Monday when its executive committee meets to choose a date for the presidential election and discuss proposed reforms to soccer’s discredited governing body.

If they decide on a December election, it could spark a desperate scramble as presidential hopefuls would be left with less than one month to declare their candidacy and gather the written support of at least five federations.