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Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election

ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) – An increasingly bitter rift
between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel
Platini looks set to define the campaign to elect the next
leader of soccer’s corruption-plagued world governing body.

The tense relationship between the Swiss and the Frenchman,
once described by Blatter as being “like father and son”, has
descended in recent days into open conflict.

Aug 17, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA official proposes abolishing executive committee in reform plan

ZURICH (Reuters) – An official overseeing reform efforts at FIFA has produced a radical blueprint for reform of soccer’s scandal-hit governing body, including the abolition of its powerful executive committee, according to a person with knowledge of the plan. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, proposes replacing the executive committee with a dual structure. There would be a management committee including independent professionals charged with ensuring FIFA’s day-to-day running, and a governing council playing more of an oversight role, the source said.

The governing council, which would have a lot less power than the executive committee, would be elected by FIFA’s Congress, which consists of representatives from its 209 member associations around the world.¬†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 the executive committee or in other FIFA positions.

Aug 17, 2015

FIFA official proposes abolishing executive committee in reform plan

ZURICH, Aug 17 (Reuters) – An official overseeing reform efforts at FIFA has produced a radical blueprint for reform of soccer’s scandal-hit governing body, including the abolition of its powerful executive committee, according to a person with knowledge of the plan.

Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, proposes replacing the executive committee with a dual structure. There would be a management committee including independent professionals charged with ensuring FIFA’s day-to-day running, and a governing council playing more of an oversight role, the source said.

Aug 17, 2015

FIFA to investigate alleged Platini smear

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA confirmed on Monday that they will investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical ‘dossier’ on UEFA president Michel Platini following a complaint from European soccer’s governing body.

German newspaper Welt am Sonntag said on Sunday that the document, entitled “Platini – skeleton in the closet”, was distributed out of FIFA’s headquarters.

Aug 17, 2015

Soccer-FIFA to investigate alleged Platini smear

ZURICH, Aug 17 (Reuters) – FIFA confirmed on Monday that they will investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical ‘dossier’ on UEFA president Michel Platini following a complaint from European soccer’s governing body.

German newspaper Welt am Sonntag said on Sunday that the document, entitled “Platini – skeleton in the closet”, was distributed out of FIFA’s headquarters.

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.

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