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May 30, 2015

Soccer-Sherwood promises Villa clear-out after FA Cup final defeat

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said some players in the side crushed 4-0 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday had played their last match for the club.

Offering no excuses for Villa’s poor performance, Sherwood said he intended to immediately start re-building his squad for next season.

May 30, 2015

Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record

LONDON (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were also on target, once the match was effectively over as a contest, as the Londoners sealed their biggest winning margin in a final of the world’s oldest knockout competition.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were also on target, once the match was effectively over as a contest, as the Londoners sealed their biggest winning margin in a final of the world’s oldest knockout competition.

May 30, 2015

English FA president Prince William calls for FIFA reform

LONDON (Reuters) – English FA president Prince William called on FIFA to reform and show that “it can represent the interests of fair play” in a speech at the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of English football’s showpiece occasion between Arsenal and Aston Villa, the Duke of Cambridge compared the scandal hitting football’s world governing body to the Salt Lake City Olympics corruption crisis.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-English FA president Prince William calls for FIFA reform

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – English FA president Prince William called on FIFA to reform and show that “it can represent the interests of fair play” in a speech at the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of English soccer’s showpiece occasion between Arsenal and Aston Villa, the Duke of Cambridge compared the scandal hitting soccer’s world governing body to the Salt Lake City Olympics corruption crisis.

May 30, 2015

Blatter will not see out term of office, says FA’s Dyke

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be forced to resign over the corruption scandals swirling around the game’s world governing body, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told reporters on Saturday.

Blatter was handed another four years in charge when his challenger, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after losing the first round of voting at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-Blatter will not see out term of office says FA’s Dyke

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be forced to resign over the corruption scandals swirling around the game’s world governing body, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told reporters on Saturday.

Blatter was handed another four years in charge when his challenger, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, withdrew after losing the first round of voting at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

May 30, 2015

Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer.

Blatter won despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged soccer’s governing body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.

May 29, 2015

New fight with UEFA looms if Blatter threatens World Cup slots

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA may be involved in a battle for its reputation in the wake of the corruption charges raised against some of its officials this week, but it could become embroiled in a civil war with UEFA over World Cup places next.

Newly-re-elected president Sepp Blatter, who got a bloody nose in his less than impressive 133-73 victory over Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s vote is about to face the first major obstacle of his fifth term of office.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-New fight with UEFA looms if Blatter threatens World Cup slots

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA may be involved in a battle for its reputation in the wake of the corruption charges raised against some of its officials this week, but it could become embroiled in a civil war with UEFA over World Cup places next.

Newly-re-elected president Sepp Blatter, who got a bloody nose in his less than impressive 133-73 victory over Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s vote is about to face the first major obstacle of his fifth term of office.