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Jun 30, 2015

Blatter decides not to attend women’s World Cup final in Canada

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter, president of the world football governing body FIFA that is embroiled in corruption investigations, will not travel to Canada for Sunday’s final of the women’s World Cup for personal reasons, his U.S.-based lawyer said on Tuesday.

Reuters was unable to determine the specific reasons why Blatter, a Swiss national, had decided not to attend the final in Vancouver. Some lawyers with experience in international criminal cases said that Blatter would be ill-advised to travel after an indictment announced on May 27 by U.S. prosecutors against nine current and former FIFA officials and five sports marketing businessmen.

Jun 30, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA’s Blatter will not attend women’s World Cup final – lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for the final of the women’s World Cup on July 5 for personal reasons, a U.S.-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday.

Senior executives of Zurich-based FIFA were charged with corruption on May 27 by prosecutors in the United States over bids for major soccer tournaments dating back 24 years and involving up to $150 million in purported bribes.

Jun 30, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter will not attend women’s World Cup final -lawyer

NEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for the final of the women’s World Cup on July 5 for personal reasons, a U.S.-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday.

Senior executives of Zurich-based FIFA were charged with corruption on May 27 by prosecutors in the United States over bids for major soccer tournaments dating back 24 years and involving up to $150 million in purported bribes.

Jun 25, 2015

Lawyer for indicted Costa Rican football official says U.S. case absurd

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for a Costa Rican football official arrested in Switzerland last month on corruption charges, said there is no evidence his client took bribes or participated in a criminal enterprise, and called the prosecution “a legal absurdity.”

Eduardo Li, who served as the president of the Costa Rican football federation, is being detained in Switzerland along with six other football officials as part of a sweeping U.S. indictment alleging bribery, money laundering and wire fraud involving more than $150 million (£96 milliom).

Jun 25, 2015

Lawyer for indicted Costa Rican soccer official says U.S. case absurd

NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) – A lawyer for a Costa Rican soccer official arrested in Switzerland last month on corruption charges, said there is no evidence his client took bribes or participated in a criminal enterprise, and called the prosecution “a legal absurdity.”

Eduardo Li, who served as the president of the Costa Rican soccer federation, is being detained in Switzerland along with six other soccer officials as part of a sweeping U.S. indictment alleging bribery, money laundering and wire fraud involving more than $150 million.

Jun 24, 2015

Analysis – Long arm of U.S. law may struggle to reach all FIFA defendants

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – (The initial publication of this story on June 4, 2015 included a photograph of a person who was misidentified as Mariano Jinkis. This correction removes the image of the misidentified individual and replaces it with an image of Mariano Jinkis.)

U.S. prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music. Several cannot be found, and the authorities in some countries may not agree to extradition requests.

Jun 23, 2015

Exclusive: Swiss authorities probing FIFA say Garcia report of little help – source

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Swiss authorities investigating whether there was corruption in the awarding of World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar are finding that a report produced by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia at the end of an internal FIFA inquiry is of little value to their probe, according to a source close to investigations into the soccer governing body.

    Swiss officials question whether Garcia’s report, which has not been made public, has significant evidentiary value, said the source, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. That is because Garcia, who was hired by FIFA, had no subpoena power, did not take sworn testimony, and was operating under FIFA’s own ethical rules, which had little enforcement power behind them, the source added.

Jun 23, 2015

Swiss authorities probing FIFA say Garcia report of little help-source

LONDON/NEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) – Swiss authorities investigating whether there was corruption in the awarding of World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar are finding that a report produced by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia at the end of an internal FIFA inquiry is of little value to their probe, according to a source close to investigations into the soccer governing body.

Swiss officials question whether Garcia’s report, which has not been made public, has significant evidentiary value, said the source, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. That is because Garcia, who was hired by FIFA, had no subpoena power, did not take sworn testimony, and was operating under FIFA’s own ethical rules, which had little enforcement power behind them, the source added.

Jun 18, 2015

Top two FIFA officials hire lawyers as Swiss probe bank transactions

BERNE/NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA’s embattled president, Sepp Blatter, and his second-in-command have hired high-powered lawyers to represent them, two sources said as a corruption probe engulfs soccer’s global governing body with Swiss authorities identifying suspicious bank transactions.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said a person familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter, Valcke hire U.S. lawyers for corruption probe

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter and its Secretary General Jerome Valcke have both hired high-powered U.S. lawyers to represent them as a corruption probe roils soccer’s global governing body.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said a person familiar with the matter, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.