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Aug 16, 2015

UEFA complain to FIFA over alleged Platini smear campaign

By Simon Evans

ZURICH (Reuters – European soccer’s governing body have asked FIFA to investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical ‘dossier’ on UEFA president Michel Platini, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

The existence of the dossier on Platini, who is hoping to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter in February’s election, has also been reported in the Swiss media.

Aug 16, 2015

Soccer-UEFA complain to FIFA over alleged Platini smear campaign

By Simon Evans

ZURICH, Aug 16 (Reuters – European soccer’s governing body have asked FIFA to investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical ‘dossier’ on UEFA president Michel Platini, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

The existence of the dossier on Platini, who is hoping to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter in February’s election, has also been reported in the Swiss media.

Aug 13, 2015

Blatter urges Europe to revisit foreign player limits

ZURICH, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants European football to look again at stricter limits on foreigners, saying each club should have six players in their starting lineups who are eligible for the national side. Although European Union law considers such limits as nationality discrimination, Blatter believes Russia’s recent move to have five players eligible for their national team on the pitch in league games can be copied.

“In my opinion this scenario remains open to western Europe too,” the Swiss wrote in his column for FIFA Weekly.

Aug 13, 2015

Soccer-Blatter urges Europe to revisit foreign player limits

ZURICH, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants European football to look again at stricter limits on foreigners, saying each club should have six players in their starting lineups who are eligible for the national side.

Although European Union law considers such limits as nationality discrimination, Blatter believes Russia’s recent move to have five players eligible for their national team on the pitch in league games can be copied.

Aug 12, 2015

Ex-Trinidad player Nakhid runs for FIFA president

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder David Nakhid is the latest to say he will stand in February’s election to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.

Nakhid, who is based in Lebanon where he runs a football academy, has returned to the Caribbean seeking support from local officials.

Aug 12, 2015

Soccer-Ex-Trinidad player Nakhid runs for FIFA president

ZURICH, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Former Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder David Nakhid is the latest to say he will stand in February’s election to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.

Nakhid, who is based in Lebanon where he runs a football academy, has returned to the Caribbean seeking support from local officials.

Aug 11, 2015

Ex-IOC official Carrard to head FIFA reform task force

ZURICH (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA have turned to the man who helped the International Olympic Committee (IOC) out of their corruption crisis, appointing Swiss Francois Carrard as chairman of their reform committee.

The 77-year-old is the former director general of the IOC and was commissioner of the Olympic body’s reform commission following the vote for the 2002 Winter Olympics, won by Salt Lake City.

Aug 11, 2015

FIFA name ex-IOC official Carrard to head reform task force

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard has been appointed as chairman of the new FIFA reform task force, the governing body for world football said on Tuesday.

The 77-year-old Swiss, who guided the IOC through its own corruption scandal following the vote for 2002 Winter Olympics, won by Salt Lake City, will head the group charged with reforming the scandal-plagued FIFA.

Aug 11, 2015

Soccer-FIFA name ex-IOC official Carrard to head reform task force

ZURICH, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard has been appointed as chairman of the new FIFA reform task force, the governing body for world football said on Tuesday.

The 77-year-old Swiss, who guided the IOC through its own corruption scandal following the vote for 2002 Winter Olympics, won by Salt Lake City, will head the group charged with reforming the scandal-plagued FIFA.

Aug 7, 2015

North American soccer body’s General Secretary Sanz fired

ZURICH, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The head of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, Enrique Sanz, has been fired following the FBI investigation into alleged corruption in FIFA, his lawyer said on Friday.

The regional body, known as CONCACAF, had put Sanz on “indefinite leave” from his job as general secretary following the indictment on corruption charges of the body’s president Jeffrey Webb in May. Sanz was also “provisionally suspended” from all football-related activities by FIFA in June.

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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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