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Oct 8, 2015

World soccer rocked by suspension of Blatter and Platini

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer chief Sepp Blatter and European boss Michel Platini were suspended on Thursday, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States.

Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of world governing body FIFA since 1998, was already due to stand down after an election to replace him in February.

Oct 8, 2015

World football rocked by suspension of Blatter and Platini

ZURICH (Reuters) – World football chief Sepp Blatter and European boss Michel Platini were suspended on Thursday, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States.

Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of world governing body FIFA since 1998, was already due to stand down after an election to replace him in February.

Oct 8, 2015

UEFA defy FIFA and back their president Platini

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – UEFA defied FIFA’s suspension of Michel Platini on Thursday when it said he would not be replaced as head of European soccer’s governing body and gave him its backing in the appeal process.

The Ethics Committee of world soccer body FIFA handed Platini a 90 day provisional ban earlier on Thursday at the same time as giving an identical sanction to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Oct 8, 2015

Soccer-Cameroon’s Hayatou to stand in for suspended Blatter

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou will take over as interim FIFA president following the provisional suspension of Sepp Blatter in a corruption scandal, soccer’s world governing body said on Thursday.

Spain’s Angel Maria Villar was in line to take over at European governing body UEFA after its president Michel Platini was also handed a provisional 90-day ban by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

Oct 8, 2015

Ethics body suspends Blatter, Platini from world football

ZURICH (Reuters) – World football chief Sepp Blatter and European boss Michel Platini were both suspended on Thursday in an ever-deepening corruption scandal, decapitating the leadership of the sport as it faces criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of world governing body FIFA since 1998, was already due to stand down after an election for his replacement in February.

Oct 8, 2015

Ethics body suspends Blatter, Platini from world soccer

ZURICH (Reuters) – World soccer chief Sepp Blatter and European boss Michel Platini were both suspended on Thursday in an ever-deepening corruption scandal, decapitating the leadership of the sport as it faces criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of world governing body FIFA since 1998, was already due to stand down after an election for his replacement in February.

Oct 8, 2015

Cameroonian, Spaniard in line to be interim bosses after FIFA suspensions

ZURICH (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou and Spain’s Angel Maria Villar are in line to take over as interim heads of soccer’s world and European governing bodies following the suspension on Thursday of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

In the latest twist in the corruption scandal engulfing the sport, Blatter and Platini were both handed 90-day provisional bans, extendable by 45 days, by the Ethics Committee of the world body, FIFA.

Oct 8, 2015

Soccer-Cameroonian, Spaniard in line to be interim bosses after FIFA suspensions

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou and Spain’s Angel Maria Villar are in line to take over as interim heads of soccer’s world and European governing bodies following the suspension on Thursday of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

In the latest twist in the corruption scandal engulfing the sport, Blatter and Platini were both handed 90-day provisional bans, extendable by 45 days, by the Ethics Committee of the world body, FIFA.

Oct 7, 2015

Blatter faces 90 day suspension from FIFA, confidant says

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces a 90 day suspension from soccer if the governing body’s ethics judge backs a prosecutor’s recommendation, a close friend and former advisor to Blatter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Blatter’s long-term confidant Klaus Stoehlker said the decision by judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on the provisional suspension was expected by Friday.

Oct 7, 2015

Soccer-Blatter faces 90 day suspension from FIFA, confidant says

ZURICH, Oct 7 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces a 90 day suspension from football if the governing body’s ethics judge backs a prosecutor’s recommendation, a close friend and former advisor to Blatter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Blatter’s long-term confidant Klaus Stoehlker said the decision by judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on the provisional suspension was expected by Friday.

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