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May 28, 2015

Shame and humiliation brought on FIFA, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Shame and humiliation have been brought on FIFA following the turbulent events of the last two days which included the arrest of leading football officials at their Zurich hotel, the world football body’s president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

Blatter, making his first public appearance since Wednesday’s extraordinary events which critics said marked a new low for his federation, said there was no room “for corruption of any kind”.

May 28, 2015

Gill will resign from FIFA if Blatter stays

ZURICH (Reuters) – Britain’s FIFA vice-president David Gill will stand down in protest if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as president on Friday.

The former Manchester United chief executive was only elected two months ago for a four-year term but he told reporters that the current scandal engulfing the world governing body made it impossible to serve under the Swiss.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Gill will resign from FIFA if Blatter stays

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s FIFA vice-president David Gill will stand down in protest if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as president on Friday.

The former Manchester United chief executive was only elected two months ago for a four-year term but he told reporters that the current scandal engulfing the world governing body made it impossible to serve under the Swiss.

May 28, 2015

One of worst days in FIFA history, says Figo

ZURICH (Reuters) – The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.

The 42-year-old former World Footballer of the Year withdrew his presidential candidacy last week and threw his support behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging embattled president Sepp Blatter for soccer’s top job in Friday’s election at the FIFA Congress.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-One of worst days in FIFA history, says Figo

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.

The 42-year-old former World Footballer of the Year withdrew his presidential candidacy last week and threw his support behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging embattled president Sepp Blatter for soccer’s top job in Friday’s election at the FIFA Congress.

May 28, 2015

Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians.

Despite FIFA statements that it was business as usual following the arrest of seven senior figures on U.S. corruption charges, Blatter kept out of sight on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference.

May 28, 2015

Blatter out of sight as FIFA corruption scandal deepens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter kept out of sight for the second successive day on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference the day after world soccer’s governing body was plunged into another corruption scandal.

The embattled 79-year-old Swiss national, who rarely misses a FIFA-related event and usually stops to speak to the media, was also conspicuous by his absence on Wednesday when he failed to attend a meeting of African delegates, assembled in Zurich ahead of Friday’s Congress.

May 28, 2015

World football rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven senior football officials were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.

The arrests in a dawn raid at a five-star Zurich hotel mark an unprecedented blow against football’s governing body FIFA, which for years has been dogged by allegations of corruption but always escaped major criminal cases.

May 27, 2015

World soccer rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s most popular sport
was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven powerful soccer
figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced
extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a
criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World
Cups.

The arrests of the senior FIFA officials in a morning raid
at a five-star Zurich hotel mark an unprecedented blow against
soccer’s powerful governing body, which for years has been
dogged by allegations of corruption but always escaped major
criminal cases.

May 27, 2015

Warner’s ‘football tsunami’ warning finally comes true for FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a “football tsunami” was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.

But not in the way he could ever have imagined.

As dawn broke on Wednesday, the doors of the luxury five-star hotel overlooking Lake Zurich burst open and plainclothes officers from the Swiss federal police force swept through the very lobby where Warner uttered those words in 2011.