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May 4, 2015

Soccer-Maradona says time has come for ‘anarchy’ at FIFA to end

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona launched a blistering attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday saying that world soccer’s governing body had descended into anarchy with the 79-year-old Swiss in charge.

With the FIFA presidential election less than a month away, Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever grace the game and the inspiration behind Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory, said the time was long overdue for Blatter to go.

May 4, 2015

Prince Ali hints he might pull out of FIFA election campaign

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Monday he would consider withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter when the votes are cast at the FIFA Congress on May 29.

The 39-year-old Jordanian royal, who is president of the Jordan FA and a member of the FIFA executive committee is standing against Blatter along with Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA and former Portugal World Player of the Year Luis Figo.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Prince Ali hints he might pull out of FIFA election campaign

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Monday he would consider withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter when the votes are cast at the FIFA Congress on May 29.

The 39-year-old Jordanian royal, who is president of the Jordan FA and a member of the FIFA executive committee is standing against Blatter along with Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA and former Portugal World Player of the Year Luis Figo.

May 4, 2015

Real Madrid, Barca ‘must work harder’ following new TV law

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Real Madrid and Barcelona will have to work harder to maintain their dominance following new Spanish rules affecting TV rights, the Spanish League’s marketing expert said on Monday.

Mario Bayarri, the vice-president of Mediapro, the media marketing company that works in partnership with La Liga clubs told delegates at the Soccerex Asian Forum that clubs will now have to think differently following the change.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Real Madrid, Barca “must work harder” following new TV law

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Real Madrid and Barcelona will have to work harder to maintain their dominance following new Spanish rules affecting TV rights, the Spanish League’s marketing expert said on Monday.

Mario Bayarri, the vice-president of Mediapro, the media marketing company that works in partnership with La Liga clubs told delegates at the Soccerex Asian Forum that clubs will now have to think differently following the change.

May 3, 2015

Italy and Spain revive idea of overseas ’39th game’

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Italian and Spanish League clubs could play a regular league match overseas even though the idea proved hugely unpopular with English fans when the Premier League investigated the idea of doing the same thing seven years ago.

A so-called “39th game”, shorthand to describe a regular season match played overseas, is back on the agenda according to AC Milan’s commercial director Japp Kalma and Malaga vice-president Moayad Shatat.

May 3, 2015

Illegal betting has taken a toll on China, India – Eaton

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Betting fraud and match-fixing are part of the reason why China and India have achieved little in football despite their huge populations, anti-corruption expert Chris Eaton said on Sunday.

Eaton, the executive director of the non-profit-making International Centre for Sports Security, urged governments to take more control of the problem and said the sport was a victim and not the cause of widespread betting fraud.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Italy and Spain revive idea of overseas “39th game”

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 3 (Reuters) – Italian and Spanish League clubs could play a regular league match overseas even though the idea proved hugely unpopular with English fans when the Premier League investigated the idea of doing the same thing seven years ago.

A so-called “39th game”, shorthand to describe a regular season match played overseas, is back on the agenda according to AC Milan’s commercial director Japp Kalma and Malaga vice-president Moayad Shatat.

May 3, 2015

Soccer-Illegal betting has taken a toll on China, India – Eaton

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 3 (Reuters) – Betting fraud and match-fixing are part of the reason why China and India have achieved little in soccer despite their huge populations, anti-corruption expert Chris Eaton said on Sunday.

Eaton, the executive director of the non-profit-making International Centre for Sports Security, urged governments to take more control of the problem and said the sport was a victim and not the cause of widespread betting fraud.

May 3, 2015

Asia’s lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Ali

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – The way that the Asian Football Confederation allowed FIFA president Sepp Blatter to address its congress while none of the men campaigning to replace him could, showed a typical lack of democracy, one of the candidates said on Sunday.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the head of the Jordan FA and currently Asia’s own vice-president on the FIFA executive committee, directed his criticism at AFC president Shaikh Salman of Bahrain but said apart from UEFA, the other confederations were guilty of the same thing.