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Jan 23, 2015

New sponsors ready to replace old say beleaguered FIFA

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organisation because it was a “toxic brand”, saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed on Friday that three major sponsors, Continental, Castrol and Johnson & Johnson, were not renewing their contracts with world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 23, 2015

Soccer-New sponsors ready to replace old say beleaguered FIFA

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organisation because it was a “toxic brand”, saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed on Friday that three major sponsors, Continental, Castrol and Johnson & Johnson, were not renewing their contracts with world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 22, 2015

Soccer-New FIFA plan can help Blatter legacy – Mersiades

BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (Reuters)wins – Sepp Blatter has one last chance to change FIFA’s culture and leave a positive legacy of transparency and openness, according to Bonita Mersiades, a leading light in the newly-formed ‘New FIFA Now’ pressure group.

FIFA’s controversies, scandals and troubles since the early 2000s have been well documented but Mersiades, while critical of FIFA president Blatter, wants to speak to him if he wins a fifth term as expected in May.

Jan 21, 2015

Reformists launch coalition to change FIFA

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the ‘New FIFA Now’ coalition of reformists calling for change.

Following years of controversies and endless allegations of bribery and corruption directed at the highest levels of FIFA governance, the campaign to change world soccer’s governing body was launched at the European Parliament.

Jan 21, 2015

Soccer-Reformists launch coalition to change FIFA

BRUSSELS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the ‘New FIFA Now’ coalition of reformists calling for change.

Following years of controversies and endless allegations of bribery and corruption directed at the highest levels of FIFA governance, the campaign to change world soccer’s governing body was launched at the European Parliament.

Jan 20, 2015

Mason returns as Spurs chase silverware on three fronts

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s three-pronged assault on silverware continues on Wednesday when they face third tier Sheffield United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane – their sixth match in 21 days.

Spurs start as favourites to see off the League One team over two legs but will be taking nothing for granted against manager Nigel Clough’s side who have knocked out six Premier League teams in the FA Cup and League Cup in the last year.

Jan 20, 2015

Soccer-Mason returns as Spurs chase silverware on three fronts

LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s three-pronged assault on silverware continues on Wednesday when they face third tier Sheffield United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane – their sixth match in 21 days.

Spurs start as favourites to see off the League One team over two legs but will be taking nothing for granted against manager Nigel Clough’s side who have knocked out six Premier League teams in the FA Cup and League Cup in the last year.

Jan 20, 2015

Sheffield United aiming to cut Spurs down to size

LONDON (Reuters) – Sheffield United are aiming to beat a Premier League side for the fourth time this season when they meet Tottenham Hotspur in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final on Wednesday and have no intention of going soft on their rivals.

The League One (third tier) club knocked West Ham United, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers out in earlier rounds and Spurs could become their sixth top flight victims in a year following FA Cup wins last season over Aston Villa and Fulham.

Jan 20, 2015

Soccer-Sheffield United aiming to cut Spurs down to size

LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Sheffield United are aiming to beat a Premier League side for the fourth time this season when they meet Tottenham Hotspur in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final on Wednesday and have no intention of going soft on the rivals.

The League One (third tier) club knocked West Ham United, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers out in earlier rounds and Spurs could become their sixth top flight victims in a year following FA Cup wins last season over Aston Villa and Fulham.

Jan 19, 2015

Redknapp’s job is safe says QPR chairman Fernandes

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Redknapp will be staying as Queens Park Rangers manager despite widespread media speculation he is about to be sacked with the Premier League club facing an immediate return to the Championship (second tier).

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said on Monday that he wanted to set the record straight over the 67-year-old’s future after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Manchester United left them second-bottom, one point from the safety zone.