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Sep 30, 2015

Soccer-Countries supporting Platini wary as Swiss probe $2m payment

ZURICH, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Key nations backing European soccer boss Michel Platini as the next FIFA President are adopting a more cautious approach to his bid while Swiss authorities investigating graft at world soccer’s governing body look into a $2 million payment it made to him.

Bookmakers’ odds on Platini to win the February vote have markedly lengthened since Friday when Swiss police placed president of 17 years Sepp Blatter under criminal investigation and accused him of making a “disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) to Platini in 2011 for work deemed to have been performed between January 1999 and June 2002.

Sep 29, 2015

Blatter does not rule out staying beyond February, says confidant

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has not ruled out trying to stay on as FIFA’s president beyond February’s scheduled election, despite facing a criminal investigation and a possible internal ethics probe, a close confidant told Reuters on Tuesday.

The scenario where Blatter would try to stay on appears far-fetched, and an ethics investigation could lead to his suspension from the game before the election even begins.

Sep 29, 2015

Soccer-Blatter does not rule out staying beyond February, says confidant

ZURICH, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter has not ruled out trying to stay on as FIFA’s president beyond February’s scheduled election, despite facing a criminal investigation and a possible internal ethics probe, a close confidant told Reuters on Tuesday.

The scenario where Blatter would try to stay on appears far-fetched, and an ethics investigation could lead to his suspension from the game before the election even begins.

Sep 28, 2015

Blatter and Platini insist nothing wrong with questioned payment

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man who aims to replace him, UEFA chief Michel Platini, both insisted on Monday there was nothing untoward about a 2 million Swiss franc payment at the center of fresh corruption allegations.

Swiss prosecutors said on Friday they had opened a criminal investigation into Blatter, the long-time head of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Sep 28, 2015

Soccer-Blatter and Platini insist nothing wrong with questioned payment

ZURICH, Sept 28 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man who aims to replace him, UEFA chief Michel Platini, both insisted on Monday there was nothing untoward about a 2 million Swiss franc payment at the centre of fresh corruption allegations.

Swiss prosecutors said on Friday they had opened a criminal investigation into Blatter, the long-time head of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Sep 28, 2015

Platini offers to help FIFA ethics committee “clear up” payment probe

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini said on Monday he has offered to speak to FIFA’s Ethics Committee to help resolve any issues relating to the 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) that he received from world soccer’s governing body.

The cash, which UEFA president Platini says was part of a payment for a “full time job” he had at FIFA, was referred to as a “disloyal payment” by Swiss prosecutors on Friday when they announced they were starting criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Sep 28, 2015

Soccer-Platini offers to help FIFA ethics committee “clear up” payment probe

ZURICH, Sept 28 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini said on Monday he has offered to speak to FIFA’s Ethics Committee to help resolve any issues relating to the 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) that he received from world soccer’s governing body.

The cash, which UEFA president Platini says was part of a payment for a “full time job” he had at FIFA, was referred to as a “disloyal payment” by Swiss prosecutors on Friday when they announced they were starting criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Sep 26, 2015

Blatter could face FIFA ethics investigation

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter, already facing a criminal investigation from Swiss prosecutors, may now come under scrutiny from his organization’s own ethics investigators if they find evidence of potential wrongdoing, according to FIFA’s ethics procedure.

On Friday, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said it had opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Sep 26, 2015

Soccer-Blatter could face FIFA ethics investigation

Sept 26 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter, already facing a criminal investigation from Swiss prosecutors, may now come under scrutiny from his organisation’s own ethics investigators if they find evidence of potential wrongdoing, according to FIFA’s ethics procedure.

On Friday, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said it had opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Sep 18, 2015

Blatter tells FIFA members they will survive ‘difficult situation’

MIAMI (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter, whose second-in-command Jerome Valcke was released from his duties on Thursday following allegations related to ticket sales, has told the organization’s members that they will “come through this difficult situation together”.

Blatter, who is standing down after the election of a new president on Feb. 26, wrote the message to FIFA’s 209 member associations on Friday, a day after Secretary-General Valcke’s departure following allegations he was involved in a plan to profit from World Cup ticket sales.

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