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Oct 29, 2015

Exclusive: Asian sports chief hopes for election deal between AFC and UEFA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the top powerbrokers in global sport, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, said a direct battle between Asian and European candidates for president of crisis-hit world soccer body FIFA should be averted by the striking of a deal between the pair.

In an interview with Reuters, Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad said he still hoped that suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini would be able to stand as president in February to lead FIFA out of the worst corruption scandal of its 111-year history.

Oct 29, 2015

Asian sports chief hopes for election deal between AFC and UEFA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the top powerbrokers in global sport, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, said a direct battle between Asian and European candidates for president of crisis-hit world soccer body FIFA should be averted by the striking of a deal between the pair.

In an interview with Reuters, Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad said he still hoped that suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini would be able to stand as president in February to lead FIFA out of the worst corruption scandal of its 111-year history.

Oct 26, 2015

Sheikh Salman submits candidacy papers to FIFA – report

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, has formally entered the race to become FIFA president, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Sunday.

The agency said Sheikh Salman had submitted his paperwork to FIFA headquarters on Sunday, a day ahead of the deadline for candidates to deliver the nominations from five soccer associations.

Oct 26, 2015

Soccer-Sheikh Salman submits candidacy papers to FIFA – report

Oct 26 (Reuters) – The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, has formally entered the race to become FIFA president, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Sunday.

The agency said Sheikh Salman had submitted his paperwork to FIFA headquarters on Sunday, a day ahead of the deadline for candidates to deliver the nominations from five football associations.

Oct 24, 2015

Sexwale to stand for FIFA presidency

By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is to run for the presidency of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a spokesman said on Saturday as the deadline for nominations neared.

Sexwale is the fifth candidate to declare that he will bid to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Oct 24, 2015

Soccer-Sexwale to stand for FIFA presidency

Oct 24 (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is to run for the presidency of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a spokesman said on Saturday as the deadline for nominations neared.

Sexwale is the fifth candidate to declare that he will bid to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Oct 23, 2015

U.S. to host 2016 Copa America

MIAMI (Reuters) – The United States will host the centenary Copa America in 2016 despite the original deals for the competition featuring in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) indictments against football officials in the region.

The decision paves the way for the biggest official international tournament in the U.S. since the 1994 World Cup and could see top players such as Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar in action at NFL stadiums.

Oct 23, 2015

Soccer-U.S. to host 2016 Copa America

MIAMI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The United States will host the centenary Copa America in 2016 despite the original deals for the competition featuring in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) indictments against soccer officials in the region.

The decision paves the way for the biggest official international tournament in the U.S. since the 1994 World Cup and could see top players such as Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar in action at NFL stadiums.

Oct 21, 2015

Soccer-Beckenbauer and Villar named in FIFA ethics probe

ZURICH (Reuters) – The FIFA scandal swept up one of the greatest soccer players of all time on Wednesday, when Franz Beckenbauer’s name appeared on a new list of individuals facing possible sanction from the scandal-hit body’s ethics committee.

FIFA and UEFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar of Spain and other former FIFA executive committee members were also named on Wednesday.

Oct 21, 2015

FIFA puts Beckenbauer and Villar under ethics investigation

ZURICH (Reuters) – German football great Franz Beckenbauer on Wednesday became the latest FIFA official named as under investigation, along with FIFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar and several other former executive committee members.

The Ethics Committee of the scandal-hit body was given the right to disclose information about cases by FIFA’s executive committee on Tuesday and wasted no time in taking advantage of its new freedom.

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