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May 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter’s blushes spared as just Prince Ali remains

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Michael van Praag and Luis Figo’s decisions to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race are unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate.

Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag and former Portugal forward Figo have never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election.

May 21, 2015

Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw

BERNE (Reuters) – Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter.

Figo went out with a bang as he launched a blistering attack on the electoral system of football’s governing body, saying it was a “plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man — something I refuse to go along with.”

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter.

Figo went out with a bang as he launched a blistering attack on the electoral system of soccer’s governing body, saying it was a “plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man — something I refuse to go along with.”

May 21, 2015

Figo pulls out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE (Reuters) – Former Portugal forward Luis Figo pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, hours after Dutchman Michael van Praag had also withdrawn.

“My decision is made, I will not stand in what is being called an election for the FIFA presidency,” he said on his Facebook page.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Figo pulls out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Former Portugal forward Luis Figo pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, hours after Dutchman Michael van Praag had also withdrawn.

“My decision is made, I will not stand in what is being called an election for the FIFA presidency,” he said on his Facebook page.

May 21, 2015

Blatter’s blushes spared as Van Praag pulls out

BERNE (Reuters) – Michael van Praag’s decision to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race is unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate.

Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag has never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election.

May 21, 2015

Analysis – Blatter’s blushes spared as Van Praag pulls out

BERNE (Reuters) – Michael van Praag’s decision to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race is unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate.

Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag has never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter’s blushes spared as Van Praag pulls out

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Michael van Praag’s decision to pull out of FIFA’s presidential race is unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate.

Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag has never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election.

May 21, 2015

Platini says Financial Fair Play ‘here so stay’

BERNE (Reuters) – Michel Platini has confirmed that changes have been proposed to UEFA’s break-even rules, known as Financial Fair Play (FFP), though he did not repeat the suggestion he previously made that they would be relaxed.

The UEFA president told a French radio station on Monday that European football’s governing body was contemplating “easing” the rules which prevent rich owners from pumping unlimited funds into their clubs.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Platini says Financial Fair Play “here so stay”

BERNE, May 21 (Reuters) – Michel Platini has confirmed that changes have been proposed to UEFA’s break-even rules, known as Financial Fair Play (FFP), though he did not repeat the suggestion he previously made that they would be relaxed.

The UEFA president told a French radio station on Monday that European soccer’s governing body was contemplating “easing” the rules which prevent rich owners from pumping unlimited funds into their clubs.