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Jul 20, 2015

Campaigners call for Kofi Annan to take charge of FIFA reform

ZURICH (Reuters) – A group campaigning for reform of world soccer’s governing body FIFA have called for former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to be put in charge of an independent reform commission.

“We are calling for Kofi Annan to come into this mess and take control of the reform process,” Jaimie Fuller, a co-founder of “New FIFA Now”, told a Zurich news conference:

Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-Campaigners call for Kofi Annan to take charge of FIFA reform

ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) – A group campaigning for reform of world soccer’s governing body FIFA have called for former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to be put in charge of an independent reform commission.

“We are calling for Kofi Annan to come into this mess and take control of the reform process,” Jaimie Fuller, a co-founder of “New FIFA Now”, told a Zurich news conference:

Jul 20, 2015

FIFA presidential election to be held on Feb 26

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer’s troubled governing body FIFA will vote for a new president, to replace Sepp Blatter, at a special congress to be held on Feb. 26 in Zurich, the organization said on Monday.

An “extraordinary elective congress” with all 209 member associations invited will decide on the successor to Blatter, who has been at the helm of FIFA since 1998.

Jul 20, 2015

FIFA meet to set date for vote on Blatter’s replacement

ZURICH (Reuters) – The leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter and other top officials from around the world began an extraordinary executive committee meeting to set the timetable for a congress to vote on their next leader.

Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA meet to set date for vote on Blatter’s replacement

ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) – The leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter and other top officials from around the world began an extraordinary executive committee meeting to set the timetable for a congress to vote on their next leader.

Jul 17, 2015

Major sponsors, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, demand reforms at FIFA

MIAMI (Reuters) – Two top sponsors of FIFA and its World Cup tournaments on Friday ratcheted up pressure on the global soccer body for major reforms as a corruption scandal casts a lengthening shadow over the sport.

Coca-Cola Co and McDonald’s Corp both made it clear that they are deeply unhappy with the way FIFA is governed and want major change.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Major sponsors, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, demand reforms at FIFA

MIAMI, July 17 (Reuters) – Two top sponsors of FIFA and its World Cup tournaments on Friday ratcheted up pressure on the global soccer body for major reforms as a corruption scandal casts a lengthening shadow over the sport.

Coca-Cola Co and McDonald’s Corp both made it clear that they are deeply unhappy with the way FIFA is governed and want major change.

Jul 16, 2015

FIFA hires crisis consultants as first official extradited to U.S

ZURICH/MIAMI (Reuters) – Swiss authorities extradited to the United States the first of seven current and former FIFA officials arrested in a corruption investigation while world soccer’s governing body hired a New York-based crisis communications firm to help handle multinational probes and try to restore its tarnished image.

Swiss authorities did not name the extradited official, but the news came six days after a source told Reuters that Jeffrey Webb – one of seven current and former FIFA executives arrested in Switzerland in May – had agreed not to fight his extradition.

Jul 16, 2015

FIFA hire U.S consultants to handle ‘reputational’ issues

MIAMI (Reuters) – Global soccer’s governing body FIFA, which is currently mired in a corruption scandal, has hired New York-based crisis communications and advisory firm Teneo as it seeks to cope with investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities and tries to improve its badly tarnished image.

A FIFA spokeswoman told Reuters that the organization had retained Teneo “to work across operational and reputational priorities”.

Jul 16, 2015

Soccer-FIFA hire U.S consultants to handle “reputational” issues

MIAMI, July 16 (Reuters) – Global soccer’s governing body FIFA, which is currently mired in a corruption scandal, has hired New York-based crisis communications and advisory firm Teneo as it seeks to cope with investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities and tries to improve its badly tarnished image.

A FIFA spokeswoman told Reuters that the organization had retained Teneo “to work across operational and reputational priorities”.

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