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May 29, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s culture needs to change says one of its own bosses

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – FIFA’s culture must change if it is to reclaim its credibility as an open and honest organisation, one of its own senior officials told delegates at its annual congress on Friday.

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter had spoken at the start of proceedings, repeating his nautical analogies about steering the good ship FIFA back to calm waters, Domenico Scala, chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, issued a stark warning.

May 29, 2015

Blatter expected to win re-election despite soccer corruption scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing FIFA delegates at the body’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

May 29, 2015

Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

ZURICH, May 29 (Reuters) – The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body.

At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

May 29, 2015

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

ZURICH (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 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”.