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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.

Jun 11, 2014

Europe tells soccer boss Blatter he’s no longer man for the job

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Europe’s powerful soccer body told FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday that he was no longer fit to run an organization mired in allegations of corruption, in a stinging indictment of his reign just two days before the World Cup kicks off.

It was not all bad news for the 78-year-old Swiss, who earlier in the day all but confirmed his intention to lead soccer’s world governing body for a record fifth term in an election to be held next year.

Jun 10, 2014

No mention of crisis as Blatter opens FIFA Congress

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter made no reference to the various crises surrounding world soccer’s governing body when he opened the annual FIFA Congress on Tuesday with a short welcoming speech to delegates from 209 countries.

The 78-year-old Swiss made no mention of the allegations and investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups or his own plans regarding standing for a fifth term as president next year.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-No mention of crisis as Blatter opens FIFA Congress

SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter made no reference to the various crises surrounding world soccer’s governing body when he opened the annual FIFA Congress on Tuesday with a short welcoming speech to delegates from 209 countries.

The 78-year-old Swiss made no mention of the allegations and investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups or his own plans regarding standing for a fifth term as president next year.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Europe tells soccer boss Blatter he’s no longer man for the job

SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) – Europe’s powerful soccer body told FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday that he was no longer fit to run an organisation mired in allegations of corruption, in a stinging indictment of his reign just two days before the World Cup kicks off.

It was not all bad news for the 78-year-old Swiss, who earlier in the day all but confirmed his intention to lead soccer’s world governing body for a record fifth term in an election to be held next year.