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Sep 26, 2014

FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players

ZURICH (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA has agreed to ban the third-party ownership of players, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday, seven years after first promising to outlaw the practice.

Blatter said a working group would be set up to implement the ban which would come into effect following “a transitional period”.

Sep 26, 2014

Blatter downplays calls for Garcia report to be made public

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter side-stepped demands for a report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to be made public on Friday and dismissed a controversy over $25,000 watches given to his executive committee members as a “non-problem.”

Several executive committee members have called for the report by ethics investigator Michael Garcia to be made public and Garcia himself this week also said it should be published.

Sep 26, 2014

Soccer-Blatter downplays calls for Garcia report to be made public

ZURICH, Sept 26 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter side-stepped demands for a report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to be made public on Friday and dismissed a controversy over $25,000 watches given to his executive committee members as a “non-problem.”

Several executive committee members have called for the report by ethics investigator Michael Garcia to be made public and Garcia himself this week also said it should be published.

Sep 26, 2014

Soccer-FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players

ZURICH, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA has agreed to ban the third-party ownership of players, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday, seven years after first promising to outlaw the practice.

Blatter said a working group would be set up to implement the ban which would come into effect following “a transitional period”.

Sep 23, 2014

FIFA executive committee member wants ethics investigation made public

BERNE (Reuters) – The public has a “full right to know” the contents of the ethics investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday.

“In the interest of full transparency, I believe it is important that the much-anticipated report on the ethics investigation that is crucial to ensuring good governance at FIFA is fully disclosed and open to the public,” he said on Twitter.

Sep 23, 2014

FIFA exco member wants ethics investigation made public

BERNE (Reuters) – The public has a “full right to know” the contents of the ethics investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday.

“In the interest of full transparency, I believe it is important that the much-anticipated report on the ethics investigation that is crucial to ensuring good governance at FIFA is fully disclosed and open to the public,” he said on Twitter.

Sep 23, 2014

Soccer-FIFA exco member wants ethics investigation made public

BERNE, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The public has a “full right to know” the contents of the ethics investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday.

“In the interest of full transparency, I believe it is important that the much-anticipated report on the ethics investigation that is crucial to ensuring good governance at FIFA is fully disclosed and open to the public,” he said on Twitter.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA faces more calls for transparency

ZURICH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – FIFA faced more calls for greater transparency on Friday when its own ethics investigator joined the critics and complained of a “disconnect” with the public.

Former United States attorney Michael Garcia, head of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, said too little information was being given on cases such as the probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Sep 19, 2014

FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organization, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organization in ethics… we have two chambers… with independent chairmen,” Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter

ZURICH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics… we have two chambers… with independent chairmen,” Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports.