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Aug 7, 2015

North American soccer body CONCACAF’s general secretary Sanz fired

ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of North American soccer’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.

Aug 6, 2015

Exclusive – FIFA approaches former IOC official Carrard for reform role

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard has been asked by scandal-plagued global football body FIFA to head its Reform Task Force, the Swiss lawyer told Reuters on Thursday.

“I have been approached and I will make a decision next week,” said the 77-year-old Carrard, who was IOC director general from 1989 to 2003, when that organisation dealt with its own corruption scandal.

Aug 6, 2015

FIFA approaches former IOC official Carrard for reform role

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard has been asked by scandal-plagued global soccer body FIFA to head its Reform Task Force, the Swiss lawyer told Reuters on Thursday.

“I have been approached and I will make a decision next week,” said the 77-year-old Carrard, who was IOC director general from 1989 to 2003, when that organization dealt with its own corruption scandal.

Aug 6, 2015

FIFA sponsor McDonald’s backs independent reform body: group

ZURICH (Reuters) – World Cup sponsor McDonald’s has joined Coca-Cola and Visa in urging FIFA to adopt an independent reform commission in response to the scandals that have plagued world soccer’s governing body.

The campaign group New FIFA Now on Thursday published an email from a McDonald’s saying the fast food giant supports the creation of an independent body to deal with FIFA’s problems.

Aug 6, 2015

Soccer-FIFA sponsor McDonald’s backs independent reform body-group

ZURICH, Aug 6 (Reuters) – World Cup sponsor McDonald’s has joined Coca-Cola and Visa in urging FIFA to adopt an independent reform commission in response to the scandals that have plagued world football’s governing body.

The campaign group New FIFA Now on Thursday published an email from a McDonald’s saying the fast food giant supports the creation of an independent body to deal with FIFA’s problems.

Aug 1, 2015

South African Sexwale may run for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is considering running for president of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body FIFA, a spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

“Mr Sexwale has been approached to put his name forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency by several highly placed personalities within the football fraternity including people from the private sector,” said Peter-Paul Ngwenya of the South African’s Global Watch foundation.

Aug 1, 2015

Soccer-South African Sexwale may run for FIFA presidency

ZURICH, Aug 1 (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is considering running for president of world football’s scandal-hit governing body FIFA, a spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

“Mr Sexwale has been approached to put his name forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency by several highly placed personalities within the football fraternity including people from the private sector,” said Peter-Paul Ngwenya of the South African’s Global Watch foundation.

Jul 30, 2015

No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”.

CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s election to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and while there have been some media reports that the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has backed Platini, CFU president Gordon Derrick told Reuters that is not the case. “I know that no-one has spoken to us collectively, we haven’t had a collective meeting, there is no way anybody can have (promised) anything,” said Derrick by telephone from Antigua.

Jul 30, 2015

Soccer-No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

ZURICH, July 30 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”.

CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s election to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and while there have been some media reports that the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has backed Platini, CFU president Gordon Derrick told Reuters that is not the case.

Jul 28, 2015

UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

ZURICH (Reuters) – Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Platini, a former France and Juventus midfielder, has been UEFA president since 2007 and had been widely expected to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Sepp Blatter, who announced his plan to stand down two months ago.

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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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