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May 29, 2015

Blatter re-elected FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has been re-elected FIFA president for a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat at the annual Congress of world soccer’s governing body on Friday.

Voting was due to go to a second round after neither candidate got two thirds of the vote in the first round.

May 29, 2015

Blatter takes the plaudits in final FIFA election pitch

ZURICH (Reuters) – Incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter used all the tricks of the old master he is after 17 years in the job to woo delegates at the FIFA Congress when he made his final election pitch before voting began for a new president on Friday.

The 79-year-old Swiss, who has been president since 1998 and is seeking a fifth term, gave a far more assured delivery than his challenger, 39-year-old Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

Platini puts FIFA politics aside to remember Heysel deaths

ZURICH (Reuters) – Michel Platini set FIFA politics aside for a while on Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 mostly Italian fans lost their lives at the 1985 European Cup final.

Platini, now president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA and sitting at the top table as a vice-president at FIFA’s Congress, scored the winning goal from a penalty that night in Brussels where Juventus beat Liverpool 1-0.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Platini puts FIFA politics aside to remember Heysel deaths

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – Michel Platini set FIFA politics aside for a while on Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 mostly Italian fans lost their lives at the 1985 European Cup final.

Platini, now president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA and sitting at the top table as a vice-president at FIFA’s Congress, scored the winning goal from a penalty that night in Brussels where Juventus beat Liverpool 1-0.

May 29, 2015

Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing delegates at FIFA’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

FIFA’s culture needs to change says one of its own bosses

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s culture must change if it is to reclaim its credibility as an open and honest organization, one of its own senior officials told delegates at its annual congress on Friday.

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter had spoken at the start of proceedings, repeating his nautical analogies about steering the good ship FIFA back to calm waters, Domenico Scala, chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, issued a stark warning.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s culture needs to change says one of its own bosses

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA’s culture must change if it is to reclaim its credibility as an open and honest organisation, one of its own senior officials told delegates at its annual congress on Friday.

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter had spoken at the start of proceedings, repeating his nautical analogies about steering the good ship FIFA back to calm waters, Domenico Scala, chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, issued a stark warning.

May 29, 2015

Blatter expected to win re-election despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing FIFA delegates at the body’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body.

At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.