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Aug 1, 2015

South African Sexwale may run for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is considering running for president of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body FIFA, a spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

“Mr Sexwale has been approached to put his name forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency by several highly placed personalities within the football fraternity including people from the private sector,” said Peter-Paul Ngwenya of the South African’s Global Watch foundation.

Aug 1, 2015

Soccer-South African Sexwale may run for FIFA presidency

ZURICH, Aug 1 (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is considering running for president of world football’s scandal-hit governing body FIFA, a spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

“Mr Sexwale has been approached to put his name forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency by several highly placed personalities within the football fraternity including people from the private sector,” said Peter-Paul Ngwenya of the South African’s Global Watch foundation.

Jul 30, 2015

No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”.

CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s election to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and while there have been some media reports that the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has backed Platini, CFU president Gordon Derrick told Reuters that is not the case. “I know that no-one has spoken to us collectively, we haven’t had a collective meeting, there is no way anybody can have (promised) anything,” said Derrick by telephone from Antigua.

Jul 30, 2015

Soccer-No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

ZURICH, July 30 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”.

CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s election to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and while there have been some media reports that the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has backed Platini, CFU president Gordon Derrick told Reuters that is not the case.

Jul 28, 2015

UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

ZURICH (Reuters) – Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Platini, a former France and Juventus midfielder, has been UEFA president since 2007 and had been widely expected to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Sepp Blatter, who announced his plan to stand down two months ago.

Jul 28, 2015

Soccer-UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

ZURICH, July 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Platini, a former France and Juventus midfielder, has been UEFA president since 2007 and had been widely expected to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Sepp Blatter, who announced his plan to stand down two months ago.

Jul 27, 2015

FIFA says person ‘from outside football’ to head reforms body

ZURICH (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA responded to criticism of its new reforms task force on Monday by saying an “independent person from outside of the game” should head the group.

FIFA’s statement came after Domenico Scala, the Swiss businessman who had been approached by several confederations to chair the task force, said he would not take up the role unless independence was guaranteed.

Jul 27, 2015

Soccer-FIFA says person ‘from outside football’ to head reforms body

ZURICH, July 27 (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA responded to criticism of its new reforms task force on Monday by saying an “independent person from outside of the game” should head the group.

FIFA’s statement came after Domenico Scala, the Swiss businessman who had been approached by several confederations to chair the task force, said he would not take up the role unless independence was guaranteed.

Jul 27, 2015

FIFA reform plans in doubt as Scala backs away from task force

ZURICH (Reuters) – Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA were thrown into doubt on Monday when its choice to head a task force, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, said he would not take on the job unless he was guaranteed full independence.

Scala had been asked by at least half of FIFA’s six continental confederations to take on the role of being the task force’s neutral chairman.

Jul 22, 2015

Prince Ali tells Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process

ZURICH (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process at world football’s scandal-hit governing body and that the task should be left to his successor.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Prince Ali, who withdrew from May’s FIFA presidential election after winning 73 votes to Blatter’s 133 in the first round of voting, said he feared Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998, was trying to rush through reforms before he leaves office on February 26.

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