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Oct 13, 2015

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

ZURICH, Oct 13 (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.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-FIFA mulls delaying presidential election, calls crisis meeting

ZURICH, Oct 9 (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for its next president, two sources told Reuters, a move that could give Michel Platini more time to appeal against his ban from the game and then stand to replace departing leader Sepp Blatter.

The development came as soccer’s governing body said its executive committee would hold a crisis meeting on Oct. 20 at its headquarters in Zurich.

Oct 9, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA mulls delaying presidential election, emergency meeting called

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources told Reuters, as soccer’s governing body called an emergency meeting on the crisis.

A delay to the election could make it easier for UEFA president Michel Platini to be a candidate to replace the departing Blatter — if Platini succeeds in an appeal against his ban from the game.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-FIFA mulls delaying presidential election, emergency meeting called

ZURICH, Oct 9 (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources told Reuters, as soccer’s governing body called an emergency meeting on the crisis.

A delay to the election could make it easier for UEFA president Michel Platini to be a candidate to replace the departing Blatter — if Platini succeeds in an appeal against his ban from the game.

Oct 9, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA mulls delaying presidential election – sources

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions given to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources have told Reuters.

The issue is expected to be on the agenda of an emergency executive committee meeting which could make the decision to postpone the vote, scheduled for Feb. 26, the sources, with knowledge of the discussions, said on Friday.

Oct 9, 2015

Exclusive – FIFA mulls delaying presidential election

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions given to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources have told Reuters.

The issue is expected to be on the agenda of an emergency executive committee meeting which could make the decision to postpone the vote, scheduled for Feb. 26, the sources, with knowledge of the discussions, said on Friday.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-FIFA mulls delaying presidential election – sources

ZURICH, Oct 9 (Reuters) – FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions given to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources have told Reuters.

The issue is expected to be on the agenda of an emergency executive committee meeting which could make the decision to postpone the vote, scheduled for Feb. 26, the sources, with knowledge of the discussions, said on Friday.

Oct 9, 2015

Sepp Blatter appeals against FIFA suspension

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has filed an official appeal against his suspension from soccer by FIFA’s ethics committee, his friend and former public relations adviser Klaus Stoehlker said on Friday.

Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of the global soccer body FIFA since 1998, was suspended on Thursday by the association’s ethics committee. The 79-year-old is currently facing a Swiss criminal investigation.

Oct 8, 2015

Insight – As lawyers took control at FIFA, Blatter became increasingly isolated, powerless

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended.

The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate FIFA for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the U.S. indictment of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges in late May, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The power had shifted to FIFA’s lawyers and some external advisers.

Oct 8, 2015

As lawyers took control at FIFA, Blatter became increasingly isolated, powerless

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended.

The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate FIFA for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the U.S. indictment of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges in late May, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The power had shifted to FIFA’s lawyers and some external advisers.

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