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Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Blatter facing first serious FIFA challenge since 1998

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – For the first time since 1998 when he beat Sweden’s Lennart Johansson in a bitterly fought campaign, Sepp Blatter is facing a real challenge for the FIFA presidency this year.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who was not even born when Blatter first joined FIFA as its technical director in 1975, declared his candidacy on Tuesday, promising to make the organisation more transparent.

Jan 8, 2015

British MP launches campaign for “new FIFA”

LONDON (Reuters) – The time has come for a “new FIFA” following years of scandal and corruption, say campaigners who are meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels later this month to discuss how to make it happen.

The summit on Jan. 21 has been organised by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, a long-time critic of the way soccer’s world governing body has been run.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-British MP launches campaign for “new FIFA”

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The time has come for a “new FIFA” following years of scandal and corruption, say campaigners who are meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels later this month to discuss how to make it happen.

The summit on Jan. 21 has been organised by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, a long-time critic of the way soccer’s world governing body has been run.

Jan 7, 2015

Analysis – Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.

Jan 7, 2015

Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.

Jan 7, 2015

Former FIFA referee Hackett slams Premier League officials

LONDON (Reuters) – The standards of some Premier League referees were “bordering on appalling” during matches over the busy holiday period, according to former FIFA referee Keith Hackett, who has named five referees he claims should be dropped.

The organisation that controls the referees, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has rejected Hackett’s claims, saying standards had risen since he stepped down as head in 2010.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Former FIFA ref Hackett slams Premier League officials

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The standards of some Premier League referees were “bordering on appalling” during matches over the busy holiday period, according to former FIFA referee Keith Hackett, who has named five referees he claims should be dropped.

The organisation that controls the referees, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has rejected Hackett’s claims, saying standards had risen since he stepped down as head in 2010.

Jan 6, 2015

Newsmaker – Reformist Ali not one to blend into FIFA crowd

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein became the youngest member of the FIFA executive committee when he was elected to the governing body in 2011 but the Jordanian has never been over-awed by the more established members on soccer’s top table.

His royal background, military education and a fierce determination “to do the right thing” marked him out as someone who stood out from the old guard.

Jan 6, 2015

Reformist Ali not one to blend into FIFA crowd

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein became the youngest member of the FIFA executive committee when he was elected to the governing body in 2011 but the Jordanian has never been over-awed by the more established members on soccer’s top table.

His royal background, military education and a fierce determination “to do the right thing” marked him out as someone who stood out from the old guard.