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Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-Dein and Reid call for introduction of English winter break

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The English Premier League should introduce a winter break as soon as possible and not wait until any change is forced on it by the expected winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the league’s ambassador David Dein said on Tuesday.

Dein, a former vice-chairman of both Arsenal and the English FA who is still highly active in the game, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that he had long advocated the break which, he felt, would reduce injuries and stress in the second half of the season.

Sep 9, 2014

CONCACAF president Webb calls for FIFA overhaul

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – FIFA needs an overhaul at the highest level including changes to the way its governing executive committee is elected to become a fairer reflection of today’s global football landscape, FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said on Tuesday.

Webb, 49, the president of the CONCACAF confederation which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that the world was changing and FIFA needed to reflect those changes after years of having its image tarnished by one scandal after another.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-CONCACAF president Webb calls for FIFA overhaul

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) – FIFA needs an overhaul at the highest level including changes to the way its governing executive committee is elected to become a fairer reflection of today’s global soccer landscape, FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said on Tuesday.

Webb, 49, the president of the CONCACAF confederation which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that the world was changing and FIFA needed to reflect those changes after years of having its image tarnished by one scandal after another.

Sep 8, 2014

Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – The prospect of Sepp Blatter continuing as FIFA president into his early 80s came a step nearer on Monday when he confirmed he was standing for a fifth term of office next year.

Blatter, who will be 79 when the votes are cast next June and who was first elected 16 years ago, confirmed his candidature for another term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Term limits should be adopted at FIFA, says Prince Ali

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has every right to change his mind and stand for another term as FIFA president but the governing body should eventually adopt term limits for officials, executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Monday.

Prince Ali, 38, the Asian vice-president on the executive committee, was born in 1975, the same year that Blatter joined FIFA.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Term limits should be adopted at FIFA, says Prince Ali

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has every right to change his mind and stand for another term as FIFA president but the governing body should eventually adopt term limits for officials, executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Monday.

Prince Ali, 38, the Asian vice-president on the executive committee, was born in 1975, the same year that Blatter joined FIFA.

Sep 8, 2014

Blatter praises Brazil for great World Cup

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter always believed this year’s World Cup would not be affected by the civil disturbances that blighted the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and he said he was delighted his prediction came true.

Blatter, 78, described the tournament on Monday as “great” and the “best World Cup” he had been involved in during an interview recorded for delegates at the Soccerex Global convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Blatter praises Brazil for great World Cup

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter always believed this year’s World Cup would not be affected by the civil disturbances that blighted the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and he said he was delighted his prediction came true.

Blatter, 78, described the tournament on Monday as “great” and the “best World Cup” he had been involved in during an interview recorded for delegates at the Soccerex Global convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The prospect of Sepp Blatter continuing as FIFA president into his early 80s came a step nearer on Monday when he confirmed he was standing for a fifth term of office next year.

Blatter, who will be 79 when the votes are cast next June and who was first elected 16 years ago, confirmed his candidature for another term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Blatter to seek fifth term as FIFA president

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election as FIFA president next year, he confirmed on Monday.

The 78-year-old Swiss, who was first elected in 1998, confirmed his candidature for a fifth term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.