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Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter catches FIFA by surprise with TV review proposal

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter caught world soccer’s ruling body by surprise on Wednesday when he proposed a new television review system that would go well beyond the goal-line technology already being used in some countries.

In his closing address to FIFA’s annual Congress in Sao Paulo on the eve of the World Cup, the 78-year-old Swiss suggested that a manager or coach could be allowed to challenge up to two refereeing decisions in a game.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter ready to run again despite opposition

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.

World soccer’s governing body is reeling after allegations in Britain’s Sunday Times that a former top FIFA representative made payments to officials as part of a campaign to win support for Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter says ready to run for FIFA re-election

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he will run for re-election at the helm of world soccer’s ruling body, despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by allegations of corruption during his long reign.

“My mission is not finished,” he told officials from FIFA’s 209 member associations at the close of the annual Congress, held in Sao Paulo on the eve of the opening game of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel rules for Palestine footballers

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA’s plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers.

“I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial,” Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel rules for Palestine footballers

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA’s plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers.

“I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial,” Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter opens FIFA Congress, sidesteps corruption scandal

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter used a speech to the annual Congress of world soccer’s ruling body on Wednesday to extol the sport’s ability to change lives, but he sidestepped specific reference to the scandals surrounding the organisation.

The 78-year-old Swiss has another opportunity later in the day to address allegations of bribery surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup that have marred the buildup to this year’s tournament in Brazil.

Jun 11, 2014

Blatter opens FIFA Congress, sidesteps corruption scandal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter used a speech to the annual Congress of world soccer’s ruling body on Wednesday to extol the sport’s ability to change lives, but he sidestepped specific reference to the scandals surrounding the organization.

The 78-year-old Swiss has another opportunity later in the day to address allegations of bribery surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup that have marred the buildup to this year’s tournament in Brazil.

Jun 11, 2014

Star-gazing Blatter predicts Interplanetary World Cup

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter fancifully suggested that soccer could one day be played on other planets when he made his opening address to delegates at the start of its 64th Congress on Wednesday.

Making his opening remarks to delegates from all of FIFA’s 209 member nations, before his presidential address later in the day, he told them of the impact soccer can have in the world, before looking into the future.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Star-gazing Blatter predicts Interplanetary World Cup

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter fancifully suggested that soccer could one day be played on other planets when he made his opening address to delegates at the start of its 64th Congress on Wednesday.

Making his opening remarks to delegates from all of FIFA’s 209 member nations, before his presidential address later in the day, he told them of the impact football can have in the world, before looking into the future.

Jun 11, 2014

Attack is soccer supremo’s defence, as Blatter hits back in Brazil

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – When FIFA president Sepp Blatter swept into the chrome and marble lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Sao Paulo earlier this week, he did not look like a man fighting to salvage the reputation of soccer’s ruling body that he has led for 16 years.

The 78-year-old Swiss smiled as he greeted soccer officials from around the world who had waited to shake his hand, and he even had warm words for a small group of reporters wanting to speak to him.