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Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Figo disputes CAF claim of all-Africa backing for Blatter

CAIRO, April 8 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the presidential elections next month.

The former Portugal international, in Egypt at the CAF Congress to canvass for votes, told Reuters he did not believe all Africa was solidly behind Blatter, who seeks re-election on May 29 against Figo, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan and the Dutch football association president Michael van Praag.

Apr 7, 2015

Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

CAIRO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football’s governing body.

Blatter said he would meet with the association’s president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an effort to convince him not to place a resolution on a possible Israeli suspension on the agenda for the FIFA Congress in Zurich next month.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football’s governing body.

Blatter said he would meet with the association’s president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an effort to convince him not to place a resolution on a possible Israeli suspension on the agenda for the FIFA Congress in Zurich next month.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Hayatou can stay as CAF president after age rules changed

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – A vote to remove an age limit on Confederation of African Football officials to allow Issa Hayatou to continue his long-term tenure as president of African football’s governing body was unanimously passed on Tuesday.

All 54 countries at the organisation’s congress in Cairo voted in favour of a proposal to change the statutes which previously stopped officials serving past the age of 70.

Apr 7, 2015

Blatter wants tougher punishment for racism

CAIRO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for tougher punishment for teams and associations found guilty of racism and discrimination on Tuesday and said monetary sanctions were increasingly ineffective.

Statutes allowed for stiffer sanctions which now had to be implemented as the battle against ‘the scourge of racism and discrimination is not being won’, he told the Confederation of African Football congress.

Apr 7, 2015

Soccer-Blatter wants tougher punishment for racism

CAIRO, April 7 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for tougher punishment for teams and associations found guilty of racism and discrimination on Tuesday and said monetary sanctions were increasingly ineffective.

Statutes allowed for stiffer sanctions which now had to be implemented as the battle against ‘the scourge of racism and discrimination is not being won’, he told the Confederation of African Football congress.

Apr 6, 2015

Presidential hopeful Prince Ali demands FIFA changes

CAIRO, (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein demanded immediate change in the organisation of soccer’s governing body as he issued his manifesto on Monday.

The Jordanian royal is one of three men who will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in the election on May 29. The others are former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag.

Apr 6, 2015

Interview: Presidential hopeful Prince Ali demands FIFA changes

CAIRO, April 6 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein demanded immediate change in the organization of soccer’s governing body as he issued his manifesto on Monday. The Jordanian royal is one of three men who will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in the election on May 29. The others are former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag.

In his manifesto, entitled ‘A FIFA Worthy of the World’s Game’, Prince Ali pledges to transform the organization’s reputation and guarantee development.

Apr 6, 2015

Soccer-Presidential hopeful Prince Ali demands FIFA changes

CAIRO, April 6 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein demanded immediate change in the organisation of soccer’s governing body as he issued his manifesto on Monday.

The Jordanian royal is one of three men who will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in the election on May 29. The others are former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag.

Apr 6, 2015

Africa poised to elect two new FIFA Exco representatives

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two new members will be elected as Africa’s representatives on FIFA’s executive committee on Tuesday.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Congress is to choose its candidates for the all-powerful 25-man cabinet of world soccer’s ruling body.