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Jan 10, 2015

Soccer-50 leagues disrupted by winter World Cup warns official

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – At least 50 football leagues around the world would be adversely affected if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was held in November and December, the official who originally warned against holding the World Cup there has told Reuters.

The leagues would be slightly less disrupted if it was held in January and February but other complications make that difficult, says Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of FIFA’s technical investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups which ranked Qatar the highest risk for 2022.

Jan 8, 2015

FA charges Mourinho for verbal attack on referee Taylor

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the FA on Thursday following comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor after last month’s 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League.

The Portuguese was furious with Taylor after he booked Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for diving in the Dec. 28 match.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-FA charges Mourinho for verbal attack on referee Taylor

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the FA on Thursday following comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor after last month’s 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League.

The Portuguese was furious with Taylor after he booked Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for diving in the Dec. 28 match.

Jan 8, 2015

Blatter facing first serious FIFA challenge since 1998

LONDON (Reuters) – For the first time since 1998 when he beat Sweden’s Lennart Johansson in a bitterly fought campaign, Sepp Blatter is facing a real challenge for the FIFA presidency this year.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who was not even born when Blatter first joined FIFA as its technical director in 1975, declared his candidacy on Tuesday, promising to make the organisation more transparent.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Blatter facing first serious FIFA challenge since 1998

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – For the first time since 1998 when he beat Sweden’s Lennart Johansson in a bitterly fought campaign, Sepp Blatter is facing a real challenge for the FIFA presidency this year.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who was not even born when Blatter first joined FIFA as its technical director in 1975, declared his candidacy on Tuesday, promising to make the organisation more transparent.

Jan 8, 2015

British MP launches campaign for “new FIFA”

LONDON (Reuters) – The time has come for a “new FIFA” following years of scandal and corruption, say campaigners who are meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels later this month to discuss how to make it happen.

The summit on Jan. 21 has been organised by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, a long-time critic of the way soccer’s world governing body has been run.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-British MP launches campaign for “new FIFA”

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The time has come for a “new FIFA” following years of scandal and corruption, say campaigners who are meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels later this month to discuss how to make it happen.

The summit on Jan. 21 has been organised by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, a long-time critic of the way soccer’s world governing body has been run.

Jan 7, 2015

Analysis – Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.

Jan 7, 2015

Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Loyal Asia support needed for Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become the first Asian president of FIFA will get a huge boost on Friday if he can convince members of his Asian confederation to support him in May’s election.

That is no foregone conclusion, however, given internecine political squabbles within the Asian body.