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Jun 5, 2015

FIFA crisis bigger than Olympics scandal -ex-investigator Pound

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA crisis bigger than Olympics scandal -ex-investigator Pound

June 5 (Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”

Jun 4, 2015

Canada takes deep breath, steps into World Cup spotlight

EDMONTON (Reuters) – While the wider soccer world continued to convulse over revelations of FIFA bribery and corruption, Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women’s World Cup spotlight.

Their fellow members of Group A — China, New Zealand and Netherlands — who will share opening day honors on Saturday, have not been able to escape questions as the media digs for answers behind a scandal that has triggered multiple arrests and investigations of high-ranking soccer officials.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Canada takes deep breath, steps into World Cup spotlight

EDMONTON, June 4 (Reuters) – While the wider soccer world continued to convulse over revelations of FIFA bribery and corruption, Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women’s World Cup spotlight.

Their fellow members of Group A — China, New Zealand and Netherlands — who will share opening day honours on Saturday, have not been able to escape questions as the media digs for answers behind a scandal that has triggered multiple arrests and investigations of high-ranking soccer officials.

Jun 2, 2015

Canada hope to turn home advantage into World Cup glory

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Tremendous support and a familiarity with playing on artificial turf give Canada an edge at the Women’s World Cup but the hosts will need to find a way to cope with sky-high expectations that come with staging the tournament.

Having now qualified for six consecutive World Cups and taken bronze at the 2012 London Olympics there is plenty of optimism in Canada that the hosts have a legitimate shot at reaching the July 5 final in Vancouver.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Canada hope to turn home advantage into World Cup glory

June 2 (Reuters) – Tremendous support and a familiarity with playing on artificial turf give Canada an edge at the Women’s World Cup but the hosts will need to find a way to cope with sky-high expectations that come with staging the tournament.

Having now qualified for six consecutive World Cups and taken bronze at the 2012 London Olympics there is plenty of optimism in Canada that the hosts have a legitimate shot at reaching the July 5 final in Vancouver.

May 30, 2015

The show goes on in Canada despite FIFA crisis

HAMILTON, Ontario (Reuters) – Despite the storm raging in world soccer, the show must go on and Canada and England met in a women’s friendly in front of a passionate sellout crowd on Friday that offered hope the game can survive its latest crisis.

Deflated and weary from a week of shocking scandals triggered by a U.S. investigation into allegations of rampant corruption, fans tuned out the controversy and slipped into national team jerseys, filling Tim Horton Field and soaking up the passion of two teams preparing for the Women’s World Cup that will kick off in Edmonton on June 6.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-The show goes on in Canada despite FIFA crisis

HAMILTON, Ontario, May 29 (Reuters) – Despite the storm raging in world soccer, the show must go on and Canada and England met in a women’s friendly in front of a passionate sellout crowd on Friday that offered hope the game can survive its latest crisis.

Deflated and weary from a week of shocking scandals triggered by a U.S. investigation into allegations of rampant corruption, fans tuned out the controversy and slipped into national team jerseys, filling Tim Horton Field and soaking up the passion of two teams preparing for the Women’s World Cup that will kick off in Edmonton on June 6.

May 27, 2015

FIFA tremors rattle Women’s World Cup

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Women’s World Cup officials and sponsors expressed concern over the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer’s governing body on Wednesday while trying to keep the focus on the global showcase that kicks off in 10 days across Canada.

Tremors from the arrest in Switzerland of seven of FIFA’s most powerful figures on corruption charges reached across the Atlantic, rattling the build-up to the World Cup, but did not shake confidence in the Canadian Soccer Association’s ability to stage a successful tournament that begins on June 6 in Edmonton.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-FIFA tremors rattle Women’s World Cup

May 27 (Reuters) – Women’s World Cup officials and sponsors expressed concern over the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer’s governing body on Wednesday while trying to keep the focus on the global showcase that kicks off in 10 days across Canada.

Tremors from the arrest in Switzerland of seven of FIFA’s most powerful figures on corruption charges reached across the Atlantic, rattling the build-up to the World Cup, but did not shake confidence in the Canadian Soccer Association’s ability to stage a successful tournament that begins on June 6 in Edmonton.