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Jul 28, 2015

Soccer-UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

ZURICH, July 28 (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.

Jul 27, 2015

FIFA says person ‘from outside football’ to head reforms body

ZURICH (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA responded to criticism of its new reforms task force on Monday by saying an “independent person from outside of the game” should head the group.

FIFA’s statement came after Domenico Scala, the Swiss businessman who had been approached by several confederations to chair the task force, said he would not take up the role unless independence was guaranteed.

Jul 27, 2015

Soccer-FIFA says person ‘from outside football’ to head reforms body

ZURICH, July 27 (Reuters) – Scandal-plagued FIFA responded to criticism of its new reforms task force on Monday by saying an “independent person from outside of the game” should head the group.

FIFA’s statement came after Domenico Scala, the Swiss businessman who had been approached by several confederations to chair the task force, said he would not take up the role unless independence was guaranteed.

Jul 27, 2015

FIFA reform plans in doubt as Scala backs away from task force

ZURICH (Reuters) – Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA were thrown into doubt on Monday when its choice to head a task force, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, said he would not take on the job unless he was guaranteed full independence.

Scala had been asked by at least half of FIFA’s six continental confederations to take on the role of being the task force’s neutral chairman.

Jul 22, 2015

Prince Ali tells Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process

ZURICH (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process at world football’s scandal-hit governing body and that the task should be left to his successor.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Prince Ali, who withdrew from May’s FIFA presidential election after winning 73 votes to Blatter’s 133 in the first round of voting, said he feared Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998, was trying to rush through reforms before he leaves office on February 26.

Jul 22, 2015

Soccer-Prince Ali tells Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process

ZURICH, July 22 (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process at world football’s scandal-hit governing body and that the task should be left to his successor.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Prince Ali, who withdrew from May’s FIFA presidential election after winning 73 votes to Blatter’s 133 in the first round of voting, said he feared Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998, was trying to rush through reforms before he leaves office on February 26.

Jul 22, 2015

Scala winning support to head FIFA’s reform task force – sources

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss businessman Domenico Scala has been asked by heads of at least three regional confederations to take on the role of ‘neutral chairman’ of FIFA’s new reforms task force, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.    Scala is not an elected FIFA official but already holds two roles at football’s global governing body, which is facing a massive corruption scandal following the indictment by U.S. authorities of 14 current and former football officials and company executives for bribery-related offences.    He is chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee and chairman of the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, handling the process for February’s vote for a new FIFA president to replace Sepp Blatter. His involvement inside FIFA will lead to questions about whether he qualifies as a neutral party.    Scala has already been working on reform plans which were presented to FIFA’s executive committee meeting on Monday.    FIFA has said that the chairman of the task force would be decided in consultation with the confederations’ presidents.    Those confederation heads, who attended Monday’s meeting in Zurich, held informal soundings with Scala about the role and a source said he is expected to decide later this week whether or not to accept their proposal.    One of the sources, who is close to CONCACAF – the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean – said that it backs him becoming the task force head.    However, Michel Platini – who is head of the European confederation UEFA – would prefer to see someone well-known, from outside FIFA circles, to lead the task force and has not given any formal backing to Scala, a source close to Platini said.    “He has no major problem with Scala and could entertain the idea but he would prefer a high-profile independent person for this role,” said the source.    Platini has emerged as the front-runner to replace Sepp Blatter in February’s presidential election but he has yet to decide whether he will run.    FIFA has not made any decision on who will make up the ten-person task force, other than stating that the members will be drawn from the six continental confederations.    “This is a work in progress,” said a FIFA spokeswoman.    Campaigners for change at FIFA have been critical of the creation of the task force, calling instead for the reform process to be carried out by an entirely independent, third party, commission.   The idea of an outside independent reform process was also supported by FIFA sponsor Coca Cola last week.

(Reporting By Simon Evans; Editing by Martin Howell)

Jul 22, 2015

Soccer-Scala winning support to head FIFA’s reform task force – sources

ZURICH, July 22 (Reuters) – Swiss businessman Domenico Scala has been asked by heads of at least three regional confederations to take on the role of ‘neutral chairman’ of FIFA’s new reforms task force, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Scala is not an elected FIFA official but already holds two roles at soccer’s global governing body, which is facing a massive corruption scandal following the indictment by U.S. authorities of 14 current and former soccer officials and company executives for bribery-related offences.

Jul 21, 2015

Blatter prankster charged by police after FIFA complaint

ZURICH (Reuters) – The British comedian who showered FIFA president Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills has been charged by Swiss police after being arrested and interrogated, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Simon Brodkin, who performs as the character Lee Nelson, was taken away by police from the headquarters of soccer’s world governing body after Blatter’s security escorted him out of the press conference room where he carried out the stunt on Monday.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Blatter prankster charged by police after FIFA complaint

ZURICH, July 21 (Reuters) – The British comedian who showered FIFA president Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills has been charged by Swiss police after being arrested and interrogated, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Simon Brodkin, who performs as the character Lee Nelson, was taken away by police from the headquarters of soccer’s world governing body after Blatter’s security escorted him out of the press conference room where he carried out the stunt on Monday.

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