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Jun 9, 2015

Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup pending an “overhaul” of FIFA as the global football governing body reels from a corruption scandal.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) declared its intention to bid for the women’s global showpiece a month ago, but its failed bid for the 2022 men’s tournament has come under renewed scrutiny since the arrests of more than a dozen football and media executives for corruption.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change

MELBOURNE, June 9 (Reuters) – Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup pending an “overhaul” of FIFA as the global soccer governing body reels from a corruption scandal.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) declared its intention to bid for the women’s global showpiece a month ago, but its failed bid for the 2022 men’s tournament has come under renewed scrutiny since the arrests of more than a dozen soccer and media executives for corruption.

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA can no longer protect itself, says ex-investigator

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The U.S.-led investigations into corruption at FIFA have pierced the veil of secrecy that protected soccer’s top power-brokers and more dominoes can be expected to fall, said a former investigator on the governing body’s ethics committee.

Nicholas Davidson, a prominent lawyer and honorary president of New Zealand’s soccer association, resigned from his role on FIFA’s investigatory chamber before Swiss police arrested seven senior officials in Zurich last week.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA can no longer protect itself, says ex-investigator

MELBOURNE, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S.-led investigations into corruption at FIFA have pierced the veil of secrecy that protected soccer’s top power-brokers and more dominoes can be expected to fall, said a former investigator on the governing body’s ethics committee.

Nicholas Davidson, a prominent lawyer and honorary president of New Zealand’s football association, resigned from his role on FIFA’s investigatory chamber before Swiss police arrested seven senior officials in Zurich last week.

Jun 2, 2015

China seek credibility on return to world stage

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Rich in potential but poor in experience, China’s women are targeting a berth in the knockout rounds at the World Cup in Canada to atone for the humiliation of failing to qualify for the last tournament in 2011.

Sixteenth-ranked China face an uphill battle to advance, however, having been drawn in Group A with hosts Canada, Netherlands and New Zealand, none of whom are pushovers.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-China seek credibility on return to world stage

June 2 (Reuters) – Rich in potential but poor in experience, China’s women are targeting a berth in the knockout rounds at the World Cup in Canada to atone for the humiliation of failing to qualify for the last tournament in 2011.

Sixteenth-ranked China face an uphill battle to advance, however, having been drawn in Group A with hosts Canada, Netherlands and New Zealand, none of whom are pushovers.

Jun 1, 2015

FIFA patronage endears Blatter to 196th-ranked Fiji

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The unflinching support of tiny, developing countries has long been a vital plank of Sepp Blatter’s political base and those in any doubt of the impact of FIFA’s patronage need look no further than the Pacific Island nation of Fiji.

With a population of just 900,000, Fiji is famous for punching above its weight in international rugby but remains a minnow in global soccer, its men’s team a lowly 196th out of the 209 nations in world rankings.

Jun 1, 2015

Soccer-FIFA patronage endears Blatter to 196th-ranked Fiji

MELBOURNE, June 1 (Reuters) – The unflinching support of tiny, developing countries has long been a vital plank of Sepp Blatter’s political base and those in any doubt of the impact of FIFA’s patronage need look no further than the Pacific Island nation of Fiji.

With a population of just 900,000, Fiji is famous for punching above its weight in international rugby but remains a minnow in global soccer, its men’s team a lowly 196th out of the 209 nations in world rankings.

May 29, 2015

FIFA scandal no surprise for Australian whistle-blower

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bonita Mersiades, a prominent activist for change in global soccer governance, might be expected to be feeling more than a little vindicated following this week’s arrests of high-ranking FIFA officials in Zurich.

Mersiades was the head of communications for Australia’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup and offered evidence in FIFA’s probe into the bidding process for that tournament, which was awarded to Qatar, and the 2018 finals, which went to Russia.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-FIFA scandal no surprise for Australian whistle-blower

MELBOURNE, May 29 (Reuters) – Bonita Mersiades, a prominent activist for change in global soccer governance, might be expected to be feeling more than a little vindicated following this week’s arrests of high-ranking FIFA officials in Zurich.

Mersiades was the head of communications for Australia’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup and offered evidence in FIFA’s probe into the bidding process for that tournament, which was awarded to Qatar, and the 2018 finals, which went to Russia.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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