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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”.

Jul 14, 2015

Caribbean can lead CONCACAF again despite scandal: CFU president

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Caribbean has been at the epicenter of the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but the head of the region’s soccer body said there is no reason why another of their officials could not be the next head of region’s troubled confederation, CONCACAF.

Gordon Derrick, president of the Caribbean Football Union, which represents 31 of the countries within the 41 member CONCACAF, said it would be unfair to stigmatize the entire region as a result of the scandal.

Jul 14, 2015

Soccer-Caribbean can lead CONCACAF again despite scandal – CFU president

MIAMI, July 13 (Reuters) – The Caribbean has been at the epicenter of the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but the head of the region’s soccer body said there is no reason why another of their officials could not be the next head of region’s troubled confederation, CONCACAF.

Gordon Derrick, president of the Caribbean Football Union, which represents 31 of the countries within the 41 member CONCACAF, said it would be unfair to stigmatize the entire region as a result of the scandal.

Jul 14, 2015

FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

By Mark Hosenball and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

July 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

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