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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.

Aug 7, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. lawyer and ex-IOC official nominated to join FIFA reform task force

ZURICH (Reuters) – A U.S. lawyer and a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from Australia are among the nominees for places on scandal-hit FIFA’s new reform task force, sources familiar with the decisions told Reuters.World soccer’s governing body announced last month the creation of an 11-person task force to be nominated by its six regional confederations but chaired by a person from outside of the sport.FIFA has yet to make an official announcement on the make-up of the task force but several names have emerged.On Thursday, former IOC director general Francois Carrard, told Reuters he had been approached by FIFA to chair the task force. The 77-year-old Swiss lawyer said he will decide next week whether to take on the role.Another former IOC official, Australian Kevan Gosper, has been nominated by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to serve on the task force, one of the sources said.¬† ¬† The 81-year-old Gosper has served in several roles within the Olympic movement. He was a member of the IOC from 1977 to 2013 and was twice a vice-president, serving from 1990-1994 and 1999-2003.Gosper declined to comment.

Like Carrard he was involved in the IOC during its own multi-million dollar corruption crisis and subsequent clean-up. The crisis centered on the bidding process for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which was won by Salt Lake City in the United States.The AFC has not yet officially announced its two nominations for the body.A source close to CONCACAF, the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said it was nominating U.S. lawyer Samir Ghandi and Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani.Ghandi declined to comment and Montagliani was not immediately available for comment.Ghandi, who works in the New York office of law firm Sidley Austin, has been advising CONCACAF on its own reform process.The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Thursday nominated Hani Abo Rida of Egypt and Constant Omari from the Democratic Republic of Congo – both are members of the FIFA executive committee.On Friday, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said that the European body had made its two nominations but would not be naming them until they were confirmed by FIFA.The task force will be overseen by FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, Disciplinary Committee, and the Ethics Committee.¬†Domenico Scala, independent chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, has already formulated a series of reform proposals, including term limits and salary disclosure along with enhanced integrity checks, which will be on the task force agenda.FIFA was plunged into crisis in May, when nine soccer officials and five marketing executives were charged by the U.S. Justice Department with a series of offences including racketeering, money-laundering and fraud.In the wake of the scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he will stand down next February and his General Secretary Jerome Valcke has indicated he will probably leave with him.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. lawyer and ex-IOC official nominated to join FIFA reform task force

ZURICH, Aug 7 (Reuters) – A U.S. lawyer and a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from Australia are among the nominees for places on scandal-hit FIFA’s new reform task force, sources familiar with the decisions told Reuters.

World football’s governing body announced last month the creation of an 11-person task force to be nominated by its six regional confederations but chaired by a person from outside of the sport.

Aug 7, 2015

FIFA launches internal probe of alleged corruption – sources

By David Ingram and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has launched
an internal investigation of alleged corruption, two people
familiar with the matter said, in a development that may signal
greater cooperation with criminal probes by U.S. and Swiss
authorities.

Members of FIFA’s executive committee were briefed on the
internal investigation at a closed-door meeting in Zurich last
month, said the sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of
anonymity.

Aug 7, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA launches internal probe of alleged corruption – sources

By David Ingram and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has launched an internal investigation of alleged corruption, two people familiar with the matter said, in a development that may signal greater cooperation with criminal probes by U.S. and Swiss authorities.

Members of FIFA’s executive committee were briefed on the internal investigation at a closed-door meeting in Zurich last month, said the sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Aug 7, 2015

North American football body CONCACAF’s general secretary Sanz fired

ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of North American football’s governing body CONCACAF has been fired following the FBI investigation into corruption allegations at FIFA, a source and his lawyer said.

“Enrique Sanz was terminated from his employment with CONCACAF this week,” a source close to the confederation said. Sanz’s lawyer, Joseph DeMaria, confirmed Colombia-born Sanz had been dismissed.

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