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Sep 8, 2015

Europe’s clubs ‘in dark’ over Platini’s presidential plans

GENEVA (Reuters) – European clubs are as much in the dark as everyone else over UEFA president Michel Platini’s campaign for the FIFA presidency, the head of their association said on Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) and a friend of the Frenchman, said his members had “respect” for Platini and were convinced he would be a good FIFA president, but were still awaiting details of his bid.

Sep 8, 2015

Soccer-Europe’s clubs ‘in dark’ over Platini’s presidential plans

GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – European clubs are as much in the dark as everyone else over UEFA president Michel Platini’s campaign for the FIFA presidency, the head of their association said on Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) and a friend of the Frenchman, said his members had “respect” for Platini and were convinced he would be a good FIFA president, but were still awaiting details of his bid.

Sep 8, 2015

Rummenigge says European clubs must do better to match English revenues

GENEVA (Reuters) – Clubs from mainland Europe must do better to close the financial gap between themselves and their English counterparts, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday.

Rummenigge said the difference would only get bigger when a new domestic broadcast deal, a 70 percent increase on the existing one, comes into effect next season in England, with overseas rights still to be negotiated.

Sep 8, 2015

Soccer-Rummenigge says European clubs must do better to match English revenues

GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Clubs from mainland Europe must do better to close the financial gap between themselves and their English counterparts, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday.

Rummenigge said the difference would only get bigger when a new domestic broadcast deal, a 70 percent increase on the existing one, comes into effect next season in England, with overseas rights still to be negotiated.

Sep 5, 2015

Zico wants September debate with FIFA rivals: source

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico wants to hold a debate with his rivals in Zurich later this month, a source close to the former Brazilian international told Reuters on Saturday.

Zico made the suggestion in an email to rival candidate Chung Mong-joon and also said the BBC was willing to organize the debate.

Sep 5, 2015

Soccer-Zico wants September debate with FIFA rivals – source

BERNE, Sept 5 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Zico wants to hold a debate with his rivals in Zurich later this month, a source close to the former Brazilian international told Reuters on Saturday.

Zico made the suggestion in an email to rival candidate Chung Mong-joon and also said the BBC was willing to organise the debate.

Sep 3, 2015

FIFA reform chief explains comments on U.S. justice, soccer

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s reform chief meant no offence to United States authorities when he questioned why they were investigating corruption in football, he said on Thursday.

Francois Carrard, head of FIFA’s recently-created reform committee, also told reporters that he had failed to make himself properly understood when he described soccer in the United States as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools.”

Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform chief explains comments on U.S. justice, soccer

BERNE, Sept 3 (Reuters) – FIFA’s reform chief meant no offence to United States authorities when he questioned why they were investigating corruption in football, he said on Thursday.

Francois Carrard, head of FIFA’s recently-created reform committee, also told reporters that he had failed to make himself properly understood when he described soccer in the United States as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools.”

Sep 3, 2015

FIFA reform committee strong on platitudes, short on detail

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s latest reform committee produced plenty of platitudes and precious little concrete detail after completing its first meeting in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

Chairman Francois Carrard said the committee had enjoyed two days of “intense and fruitful” discussions but failed to provide any insight as to what proposals had been discussed.

Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform committee strong on platitudes, short on detail

BERNE, Sept 3 (Reuters) – FIFA’s latest reform committee produced plenty of platitudes and precious little concrete detail after completing its first meeting in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

Chairman Francois Carrard said the committee had enjoyed two days of “intense and fruitful” discussions but failed to provide any insight as to what proposals had been discussed.