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Jun 11, 2014

Betfair looks to England for World Cup betting boost

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – Online gambling exchange Betfair
said it wanted England to do well at the World Cup and
boost its betting revenue after its annual profit beat forecasts
on Wednesday.

Betfair, which operates an exchange that allows gamblers to
bet against each other, has been slimming down its operations
and cutting costs under Chief Executive Breon Corcoran, seeking
to focus on fewer markets where returns are more secure.

Jun 9, 2014
Jun 9, 2014

BP, Budweiser join soccer sponsors’ revolt over Qatar

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Oil company BP and the maker of Budweiser beer on Monday joined the ranks of World Cup sponsors pressing soccer’s rulers to tackle corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

The calls, which followed similar statements by Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa and Sony, came on the day when former U.S. prosecutor Michael Garcia was due to finish an investigation on behalf of soccer’s ruling body FIFA into the decisions to hold the Cup to tiny Qatar in 2022 and Russia in 2018.

Jun 9, 2014

Football sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims

LONDON/RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on Sunday called on football’s rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil.

With its four yearly showpiece event only four days away, soccer’s governing body FIFA is on the defensive, conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar. Both countries have denied any wrongdoing.

Jun 8, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims

LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO June 8 (Reuters) – Sponsors Adidas , Sony and Visa called on soccer’s rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue that is overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil.

With its four yearly showpiece event only four days away, soccer’s governing body FIFA is on the defensive, conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar. Both countries have denied any wrongdoing.

Jun 8, 2014
Jun 8, 2014
Jun 8, 2014

Sponsor Sony urges thorough Qatar World Cup investigation

LONDON (Reuters) – Sony became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved to be true.

Soccer’s governing body FIFA is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.

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      "Sports Business Correspondent, a new role at Reuters. I was previously UK Chief Correspondent and have also worked in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands during more than 20 years with Reuters. I have also worked as an editor in a number of senior roles."
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