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Sep 1, 2015

FIFA starts new reform process, but critics don’t see big changes

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Struggling with a major corruption crisis,  FIFA convenes the first meeting of a new reform committee on Wednesday. But few with knowledge of the matter – either inside or outside world soccer’s governing body – expect it to come up with the robust proposals for structural change that are being sought by prosecutors and sponsors.

FIFA is facing unprecedented pressure to reform following the May indictment by U.S. authorities of nine current and former soccer officials on bribery-related charges. Many of them had served on FIFA’s executive committee or in other FIFA positions.

Aug 31, 2015

Cayman Islands police looking into football association, government halts funding

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), until recently headed by arrested FIFA official Jeffrey Webb, is facing an investigation from police on the Caribbean island in the latest probe linked to corruption in the sport.

The Cayman Islands’ Anti Corruption Commission said on Monday that an issue relating to CIFA was reported to them.

Aug 31, 2015

Cayman Islands police looking into soccer association, government halts funding

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), until recently headed by arrested FIFA official Jeffrey Webb, is facing an investigation from police on the Caribbean island in the latest probe linked to corruption in the sport.

The Cayman Islands’ Anti Corruption Commission said on Monday that an issue relating to CIFA was reported to them.

Aug 31, 2015

Cayman Islands police looking into soccer association, gov’t halts funding

MIAMI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), until recently headed by arrested FIFA official Jeffrey Webb, is facing an investigation from police on the Caribbean island in the latest probe linked to corruption in the sport.

The Cayman Islands’ Anti Corruption Commission said on Monday that an issue relating to CIFA was reported to them.

Aug 27, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA disowns ‘girls in schools’ and Blatter comments by reform chief

By David Ingram and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – FIFA on Thursday disowned comments made by the head of its reform committee, who had questioned why American authorities were investigating corruption in soccer, which he described as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools” in the U.S.

The comments by Francois Carrard, the recently appointed independent chairman of FIFA’s 15-person reform committee, were published on Sunday by the Swiss newspaper La Matin Dimanche. They quickly drew criticism from some of those seeking robust reforms of FIFA, who accused Carrard of not taking his new job seriously.

Aug 27, 2015

FIFA disowns “girls in schools” and Blatter comments by reform chief

Aug 27 (Reuters) – FIFA on Thursday disowned comments made by the head of its reform committee, who had questioned why American authorities were investigating corruption in soccer, which he described as “just an ethnic sport for girls in schools” in the U.S.

The comments by Francois Carrard, the recently appointed independent chairman of FIFA’s 15-person reform committee, were published on Sunday by the Swiss newspaper La Matin Dimanche. They quickly drew criticism from some of those seeking robust reforms of FIFA, who accused Carrard of not taking his new job seriously.

Aug 23, 2015

FIFA reform chief Carrard says criticism of Blatter ‘unfair’

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The head of FIFA’s new reform committee has said the soccer governing body’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter had been unfairly criticised and there was no evidence of him being involved in corruption.

Swiss lawyer Francois Carrard was appointed earlier this month as the independent chair of FIFA’s 15-person reform committee which will hold its first meeting on Sept. 2.

Aug 23, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform chief Carrard says criticism of Blatter “unfair”

Aug 23 (Reuters) – The head of FIFA’s new reform committee has said the soccer governing body’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter had been unfairly criticised and there was no evidence of him being involved in corruption.

Swiss lawyer Francois Carrard was appointed earlier this month as the independent chair of FIFA’s 15-person reform committee which will hold its first meeting on Sept. 2.

Aug 22, 2015

Chung says report of FIFA investigation proof of Blatter sabotage

MIAMI (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon said on Saturday that a report he was being investigated by the soccer body’s ethics committee was proof that outgoing president Sepp Blatter was trying to interfere in his campaign and should step down.

German newspaper Die Welt reported on Friday that South Korean Chung was facing an investigation into his involvement in a 2010 plan to set up a global football development fund related to South Korea’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Aug 22, 2015

Soccer-Chung says report of FIFA investigation proof of Blatter sabotage

MIAMI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon said on Saturday that a report he was being investigated by the soccer body’s ethics committee was proof that outgoing president Sepp Blatter was trying to interfere in his campaign and should step down.

German newspaper Die Welt reported on Friday that South Korean Chung was facing an investigation into his involvement in a 2010 plan to set up a global football development fund related to South Korea’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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