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Sep 22, 2015

Zico says FIFA elections outdated, lack legitimacy

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico believes that the rules for electing the head of soccer’s governing body are unfair, outdated and subject voting federations to outside pressure.

The Brazilian, who played at three World Cups and is regarded as one of the finest footballers ever to have graced the sport, was also disappointed that the current generation of players were afraid to speak their minds on important soccer issues.

Sep 22, 2015

Soccer-Zico says FIFA elections outdated, lack legitimacy

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico believes that the rules for electing the head of soccer’s governing body are unfair, outdated and subject voting federations to outside pressure.

The Brazilian, who played at three World Cups and is regarded as one of the finest footballers ever to have graced the sport, was also disappointed that the current generation of players were afraid to speak their minds on important soccer issues.

Sep 22, 2015

Nigerian businessman Kalu considers bid for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) – Nigerian businessman Orji Uzor Kalu has become the latest person to consider making a bid for the presidency of football’s global governing body FIFA as it struggles to emerge from a corruption scandal.

Kalu, a businessman with oil, tourism and other interests in West Africa and former governor of Abia state, is “carefully deliberating upon the decision” to stand as a successor to outgoing president Sepp Blatter, his Washington-based spokesman Sam Amsterdam said in a statement.

Sep 22, 2015

Soccer-Nigerian businessman Kalu considers bid for FIFA presidency

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Nigerian businessman Orji Uzor Kalu has become the latest person to consider making a bid for the presidency of soccer’s global governing body FIFA as it struggles to emerge from a corruption scandal.

Kalu, a businessman with oil, tourism and other interests in West Africa and former governor of Abia state, is “carefully deliberating upon the decision” to stand as a successor to outgoing president Sepp Blatter, his Washington-based spokesman Sam Amsterdam said in a statement.

Sep 22, 2015

FIFA to discuss possible new venue for December meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) – World football’s governing body FIFA, grappling with a corruption scandal, said on Tuesday it would discuss a possible new venue and date for an executive committee meeting originally scheduled for Japan in December.

The announcement came amid uncertainty over whether FIFA president Sepp Blatter would make the trip. He has largely avoided travel since the United States indicted 14 sports marketing executives and football officials, including several from FIFA on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Sep 22, 2015

Soccer-FIFA to discuss possible new venue for December meeting

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA, grappling with a corruption scandal, said on Tuesday it would discuss a possible new venue and date for an executive committee meeting originally scheduled for Japan in December.

The announcement came amid uncertainty over whether FIFA president Sepp Blatter would make the trip. He has largely avoided travel since the United States indicted 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from FIFA on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Sep 19, 2015

Players want stability, not more transfers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The vast majority of professional footballers want stability and do not like to hop around from one club to another, according to world players’ union secretary general Theo van Seggelen.

FIFPro lodged a legal complaint against the transfer system at the European Commission on Friday, although Van Seggelen said it was not a case of players asking to be able to leave a club when they felt like it.

Sep 19, 2015

Soccer-Players want stability, not more transfers

BRUSSELS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – The vast majority of professional footballers want stability and do not like to hop around from one club to another, according to world players’ union secretary general Theo van Seggelen.

FIFPro lodged a legal complaint against the transfer system at the European Commission on Friday, although Van Seggelen said it was not a case of players asking to be able to leave a club when they felt like it.

Sep 18, 2015

Soccer-FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – FIFPro’s plans to dismantle the transfer system may sound far-fetched and possibly eccentric to the average fan but the world players’ union says there is no other way to fix a sport which is losing its competitive edge.

Alarmed at the gap between the world’s richest clubs and players in less glamorous leagues who scrape a living in what FIFPro president Philippe Piat describes as modern slavery, the union believes the transfer system needs a radical overhaul.

Sep 18, 2015

Analysis – FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – FIFPro’s plans to dismantle the transfer system may sound far-fetched and possibly eccentric to the average fan but the world players’ union says there is no other way to fix a sport which is losing its competitive edge.

Alarmed at the gap between the world’s richest clubs and players in less glamorous leagues who scrape a living in what FIFPro president Philippe Piat describes as modern slavery, the union believes the transfer system needs a radical overhaul.