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Oct 21, 2015

Soccer-FIFA puts Beckenbauer and Villar under ethics investigation

ZURICH, Oct 21 (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.

Oct 21, 2015

Fears for development as FIFA cleans up house

ZURICH (Reuters) – As FIFA struggles with internal reforms to clear up a corruption scandal, some within the sport worry that the world governing body could be distracted from its commitment to international development programs.

Especially in Africa, football associations that lacked proper offices or quality fields for training and games have seen FIFA projects bring significant improvements.

Oct 21, 2015

Soccer-Fears for development as FIFA cleans up house

ZURICH, Oct 21 (Reuters) – As FIFA struggles with internal reforms to clear up a corruption scandal, some within the sport worry that the world governing body could be distracted from its commitment to international development programmes.

Especially in Africa, football associations that lacked proper offices or quality fields for training and games have seen FIFA projects bring significant improvements.

Oct 20, 2015

Ginola may run for FIFA job but says election needs delay

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former France winger David Ginola is ready to run for the FIFA presidency but said on Tuesday it was reckless to keep the Feb. 26 election date.

Football’s governing body, submerged in the worst crisis in its 111-year history, confirmed earlier in the day that the election to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter would go ahead on its scheduled date.

Oct 20, 2015

Soccer-Ginola may run for FIFA job but says election needs delay

ZURICH, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Former France winger David Ginola is ready to run for the FIFA presidency but said on Tuesday it was reckless to keep the Feb. 26 election date.

Soccer’s governing body, submerged in the worst crisis in its 111-year history, confirmed earlier in the day that the election to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter would go ahead on its scheduled date.

Oct 20, 2015

FIFA reform chief calls for ‘rotating presidency’

ZURICH (Reuters) – One of FIFA’s top officials, charged with reforming the scandal-hit organization, has called for a rotating presidency – a move which could transform the politics of soccer’s global governing body.

FIFA is set for an election on February 26 to decide on a replacement for the suspended outgoing president Sepp Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998.

Oct 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA reform chief calls for ‘rotating presidency’

ZURICH, Oct 20 (Reuters) – One of FIFA’s top officials, charged with reforming the scandal-hit organisation, has called for a rotating presidency – a move which could transform the politics of soccer’s global governing body.

FIFA is set for an election on February 26 to decide on a replacement for the suspended outgoing president Sepp Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998.

Oct 20, 2015

FIFA reform plan would curb presidency, bring in more women

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer’s scandal-hit governing body embraced reform proposals on Tuesday that would prevent anyone from holding its presidency for longer than 12 years, or past the age of 74, while giving women more say in the running of the sport.

The recommendations were put forward by a Reform Committee set up by FIFA in July in response to investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities into high-level corruption in soccer.

Oct 20, 2015

Sheikh Salman says up to Asian FAs whether he runs

ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of Asian soccer, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, says he has been “urged” to stand in the election for FIFA president but wants to gauge opinion from football federations in the region before he decides whether to run.

British media reports last week suggested Sheikh Salman had decided to run in the election but in a letter to members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee and the FIFA executive committee, which has been seen by Reuters, Sheikh Salman said those reports were based on a “misunderstanding”.

Oct 20, 2015

Soccer-Sheikh Salman says up to Asian FAs whether he runs

ZURICH, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The head of Asian soccer, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, says he has been “urged” to stand in the election for FIFA president but wants to gauge opinion from football federations in the region before he decides whether to run.

British media reports last week suggested Sheikh Salman had decided to run in the election but in a letter to members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee and the FIFA executive committee, which has been seen by Reuters, Sheikh Salman said those reports were based on a “misunderstanding”.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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