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Oct 18, 2015

Nakhid launches FIFA campaign with attack on frontrunners

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid launched his campaign to be president of crisis-hit FIFA on Sunday with an attack on the two Arab royals who are the frontrunners to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter.

Nakhid, who played club football in the Swiss league and North America’s Major League Soccer, said he had successfully secured the five nominations from national associations needed to become a candidate and had submitted his paperwork to FIFA’s election committee.

Oct 16, 2015

Arab royals set to clash in battle for FIFA leadership

GENEVA (Reuters) – Two Arab royals are set to face off for control of FIFA with the main battleground likely to be Europe, the home of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body.

The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of FIFA took a fresh twist on Friday as the president of Asian soccer Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain entered the contest.

Oct 16, 2015

Soccer-Arab royals set to clash in battle for FIFA leadership

GENEVA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Two Arab royals are set to face off for control of FIFA with the main battleground likely to be Europe, the home of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body.

The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of FIFA took a fresh twist on Friday as the president of Asian soccer Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain entered the contest.

Oct 15, 2015

European FAs to discuss alternative to Platini next week: source

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – European soccer associations will decide next week whether to pick another candidate from UEFA, as an alternative to their suspended president Michel Platini, to stand in February’s election for president of FIFA, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were given a 90-day ban by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week, pending a full investigation into both men’s activities, in the latest twist to the scandal which has engulfed FIFA and international soccer.

Oct 15, 2015

Soccer-European FAs to discuss alternative to Platini next week – source

NYON, Switzerland, Oct 15 (Reuters) – European football associations will decide next week whether to pick another candidate from UEFA, as an alternative to their suspended president Michel Platini, to stand in February’s election for president of FIFA, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were given a 90-day ban by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week, pending a full investigation into both men’s activities, in the latest twist to the scandal which has engulfed FIFA and international soccer.

Oct 15, 2015

UEFA wants fast decision for Platini, no delay for FIFA election

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA called for a rapid decision in the case of its suspended president Michel Platini on Thursday and said the FIFA presidential election, which he is contesting, should go ahead in February as planned.

However, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said there had been “different opinions” among UEFA’s 54 member associations and he did not rule out another European candidate entering the FIFA presidential race.

Oct 15, 2015

Johansson doubts Platini can stay at UEFA if no explanation

GENEVA (Reuters) – UEFA boss Michel Platini must come up with some answers over a 2 million Swiss franc($2.10 million) payment from FIFA if he wants to remain in charge, the honorary president of Europe’s soccer body said on Thursday as officials arrived for a crisis meeting.

Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended from football for 90 days by FIFA’s Ethics Committee pending a full investigation into the 2011 payment he received for work completed nine years earlier.

Oct 15, 2015

Soccer-Johansson doubts Platini can stay at UEFA if no explanation

GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – UEFA boss Michel Platini must come up with some answers over a 2 million Swiss franc($2.10 million) payment from FIFA if he wants to remain in charge, the honorary president of Europe’s soccer body said on Thursday as officials arrived for a crisis meeting.

Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended from football for 90 days by FIFA’s Ethics Committee pending a full investigation into the 2011 payment he received for work completed nine years earlier.

Oct 14, 2015

Prince Ali urges FIFA to stick with February election date

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA’s presidential election should go ahead as planned on Feb. 26 and not be delayed due to the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Wednesday.

World soccer chief Blatter and UEFA boss Platini were suspended by FIFA’s Ethics Committee last week, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States.

Oct 13, 2015

FIFA and UEFA were kept in dark about Platini’s Blatter deal – Johansson

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson says that the European football body was never told about the payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) from Sepp Blatter to current UEFA boss Michel Platini.

Both Platini and Blatter were suspended from football for 90 days by FIFA’s Ethics Committee last week with a 2011 payment from FIFA to Blatter under scrutiny. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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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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