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May 29, 2015

Soccer-Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview.

The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday’s presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

May 28, 2015

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The corruption charges engulfing world soccer’s governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.

With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe’s soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go “with tears in my eyes”, but the 79-year-old had refused.

May 28, 2015

IOC president tells FIFA it’s time to clean up its act

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA needs to learn from the Olympic movement’s experience and become more transparent if it is to regain its credibility, the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach told delegates at the opening of the FIFA Congress on Thursday.

Bach spoke after FIFA president Sepp Blatter addressed delegates at a ceremony ahead of the main business on the agenda which begins on Friday morning.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-IOC president tells FIFA it’s time to clean up its act

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – FIFA needs to learn from the Olympic movement’s experience and become more transparent if it is to regain its credibility, the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach told delegates at the opening of the FIFA Congress on Thursday.

Bach spoke after FIFA president Sepp Blatter addressed delegates at a ceremony ahead of the main business on the agenda which begins on Friday morning.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Shame and humiliation brought on FIFA, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Shame and humiliation have been brought on FIFA following the turbulent events of the last two days which included the arrest of leading soccer officials at their Zurich hotel, the world soccer body’s president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

Blatter, making his first public appearance since Wednesday’s extraordinary events which critics said marked a new low for his federation, said there was no room “for corruption of any kind”.

May 28, 2015

Shame and humiliation brought on FIFA, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Shame and humiliation have been brought on FIFA following the turbulent events of the last two days which included the arrest of leading football officials at their Zurich hotel, the world football body’s president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

Blatter, making his first public appearance since Wednesday’s extraordinary events which critics said marked a new low for his federation, said there was no room “for corruption of any kind”.

May 28, 2015

Gill will resign from FIFA if Blatter stays

ZURICH (Reuters) – Britain’s FIFA vice-president David Gill will stand down in protest if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as president on Friday.

The former Manchester United chief executive was only elected two months ago for a four-year term but he told reporters that the current scandal engulfing the world governing body made it impossible to serve under the Swiss.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Gill will resign from FIFA if Blatter stays

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s FIFA vice-president David Gill will stand down in protest if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as president on Friday.

The former Manchester United chief executive was only elected two months ago for a four-year term but he told reporters that the current scandal engulfing the world governing body made it impossible to serve under the Swiss.

May 28, 2015

One of worst days in FIFA history, says Figo

ZURICH (Reuters) – The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.

The 42-year-old former World Footballer of the Year withdrew his presidential candidacy last week and threw his support behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging embattled president Sepp Blatter for soccer’s top job in Friday’s election at the FIFA Congress.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-One of worst days in FIFA history, says Figo

ZURICH, May 28 (Reuters) – The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.

The 42-year-old former World Footballer of the Year withdrew his presidential candidacy last week and threw his support behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging embattled president Sepp Blatter for soccer’s top job in Friday’s election at the FIFA Congress.