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Maradona refuses to be an 'advocate for corruption', backs Prince Ali

Diego Maradona has thrown his support behind Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein rather than incumbent Sepp Blatter by insisting that he refuses to be an "advocate for corruption". The Argentina legend traveled to Vienna to meet with the Jordanian candidate, who is also facing competition in the election from Portugal's Luis Figo and Netherlands' Michael van Praag...
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Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof. Deniz Birinci, the international relations coordinator of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association, said the body's president Hasan...
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UEFA president Michel Platini eyes one last challenge in 2019

VIENNA -- Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president. Given four more years to lead European soccer's governing body on Tuesday, Platini hinted at a news conference that he won't seek another UEFA mandate. Platini, who turns 60 in June, later told reporters that he has only one job left to do in his career. ''If I have to do something...
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Blatter listens to campaign speeches from 3 rivals

VIENNA (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter listened to campaign speeches from his three challengers on Tuesday, hearing how badly his rivals want to change the organization he has been running for 16 years. None of the three directly turned to Blatter, who was sitting in the front row during the annual UEFA congress, but Michael van Praag spoke last and voiced the harshest criticism...
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Blatter blasts politicians calling for World Cup boycotts

VIENNA -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter hit out at unnamed lawmakers for wanting boycotts of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. ''Football should be united, sport should be united when it comes to boycotts,'' Blatter said at the UEFA congress on Tuesday. ''Boycotts have never had any results.'' Ukraine President Petro Proshenko last week urged allies to boycott...
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Blatter slams politicians calling for World Cup boycotts

VIENNA (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hit out at unnamed lawmakers for wanting boycotts of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. Blatter says ''football should be united, sport should be united when it comes to boycotts. Boycotts have never had any results.'' Blatter has addressed the issue during his opening speech at the annual UEFA congress, where he...
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FIFA candidate Van Praag questions 'strange' Fox TV deal

VIENNA (AP) FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag says extending Fox's World Cup broadcast rights to 2026 was ''very strange.'' Van Praag says FIFA awarding the contract last month without inviting other American broadcasters to bid was ''not something I would do.'' The Dutch businessman tells reporters on the sidelines of UEFA's annual congress that ''in 2015 that is not...
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UEFA wants extra place for European countries at World Cup finals

UEFA has announced it wants an extra place to be given to a European country at World Cup finals. Europe currently has 13 countries among the 32 final spots but FIFA president Sepp Blatter has previously urged other continents to seek more guaranteed places. UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino said not only would the 13 places be protected but that Europe would fight for an...
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Blatter faces difficult audience with UEFA in FIFA presidential bid

VIENNA -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces his toughest audience this week in his campaign to be re-elected. Blatter arrives Monday for the annual congress of UEFA, whose leaders are supporting all three of his election opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag. The 79-year-old Blatter was stung when he last went on UEFA turf, in Sao Paulo last June....
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Sepp Blatter faces tough crowd at UEFA meeting

VIENNA (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces his toughest audience this week in his campaign to be re-elected. Blatter arrives Monday for the annual congress of UEFA, whose leaders are supporting all three of his election opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag. The 79-year-old Blatter was stung when he last went on UEFA turf, in Sao Paulo last June...
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Prince Ali: Blatter is playing politics with World Cup slots

ZURICH -- FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein claims incumbent Sepp Blatter is playing politics with a key World Cup decision. FIFA's executive committee will give each continent its 2018 World Cup qualifying slots at a special session on May 30 - the day after the election where Blatter seeks a fifth presidential term. FIFA vice president Prince Ali told The Associated...
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Gill set to lead 'awkward squad' to expose wrongdoing at FIFA

LONDON -- Manchester United director David Gill is set to be elected a FIFA vice president this week on a mission to be part of an ''awkward squad'' trying to expose any wrongdoing at the scandal-tainted governing body. Gill was initially reluctant to contest the FIFA role reserved for the British associations due to his dislike of Sepp Blatter but he was convinced to stand by the...
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Prince Ali: Blatter playing politics with FIFA WCup slots

ZURICH (AP) FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein claims incumbent Sepp Blatter is playing politics with a key World Cup decision. FIFA's executive committee will give each continent its 2018 World Cup qualifying slots at a special May 30 session - the day after the election where Blatter seeks a fifth presidential term in a four-candidate contest. FIFA vice president...
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Blatter: 'all parts of FIFA' must help lift credibility

ZURICH (AP) Sepp Blatter is pledging to intensify a reform process at world football's governing body if re-elected as its president but says that ''all parts of FIFA'' must help raise its credibility. The 79-year-old Swiss official is the favorite to win a fifth term as FIFA president when its member federations vote in May. Blatter signaled in an interview with Swiss newspaper...
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German newspaper posts "article" on how Sepp Blatter is good for soccer

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Pele backs Sepp Blatter's bid to remain FIFA president

LONDON -- Pele is supporting Sepp Blatter's bid to continue running world football as the FIFA president prepares for his toughest-ever election battle. Blatter is taking on three rivals in FIFA's May election, including Pele's friend, Luis Figo, the former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid player. But Pele is insistent that the 79-year-old Blatter should serve a fifth, four-year...
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AP Interview: Pele backs Blatter for 5th term running FIFA

LONDON (AP) Pele is supporting Sepp Blatter's bid to continue running world football as the FIFA president prepares for his toughest-ever election battle. Blatter is taking on three rivals in FIFA's May election, including Pele's friend, Luis Figo, the former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid player. But Pele is insistent that the 79-year-old Blatter should serve a fifth, four...
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Column: After Qatar's heat, an even bigger test for 2022 cup

PARIS (AP) It certainly took a while, longer than it should, for the penny to drop at FIFA that deserts get hot in summer. Having belatedly adjusted for that fact, moving the 2022 World Cup to cooler months, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and the entire sport he oversees must now shift gears and fully focus on the real problem that threatens to sour the tournament in Qatar. Deaths and the...
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Sepp Blatter refuses offer for televised debate

Earlier this month, we told you about the BBC and Sky TV offer to hold a televised debate among FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the three men who are challenging him for that position. Had Blatter accepted the idea, the debate could have taken place at London’s Wembley Stadium, but instead, the man who has already served four terms as FIFA’s Fearless Leader elected to continue...
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FIFA awards France hosting rights to 2019 Women's World Cup

ZURICH -- FIFA has picked France to host the Women's World Cup in 2019. The FIFA executive committee awarded France the hosting rights over the Korea Republic. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the decision Thursday, bringing the tournament back to Europe after Germany served as host in 2007. The 2015 tournament kicks off in Canada on June 6 with 24 teams for the first time....
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FIFA picks France to host 2019 Women's World Cup

ZURICH (AP) FIFA has picked France to host the Women's World Cup in 2019. The FIFA executive committee awarded France the hosting rights over South Korea. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the decision Thursday, bringing the tournament back to Europe after Germany served as host in 2007. The 2015 tournament kicks off in Canada on June 6 with 24 teams for the first time. Japan...
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Blatter rejects broadcasters' plan for FIFA election debate

LONDON (AP) Sepp Blatter has rejected the chance to debate with his three FIFA presidential election rivals on live television. London-based BBC and Sky say they have been told that 79-year-old Blatter wouldn't take part in their planned ''fans' congress.'' Blatter's rivals had quickly accepted the invitation from broadcasters to debate live ahead of the May election. FIFA Vice...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter insists Qatar must do more to improve working conditions

FIFA President Sepp Blatter told Qatar's emir on Sunday that the 2022 World Cup host nation must to do more to improve working conditions for migrant workers. Blatter met Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, days before FIFA's executive committee is due to confirm a November-December tournament schedule, and discussed Qatar's efforts to improve conditions for the construction...
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Blatter: Qatar must do more to improve working conditions

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has told Qatar's emir that the 2022 World Cup host nation must to do more to improve working conditions. Blatter on Sunday met Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, days before FIFA is set to confirm a November-December schedule for the tournament. Qatar has been under scrutiny over the conditions for migrant construction workers that Qatar is...
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Blatter urges Iran to open stadiums to women

PARIS (AP) FIFA president Sepp Blatter is urging Iran to end a ban preventing women from watching football in stadiums. In comments published in FIFA's weekly magazine ahead of International Women's Day, Blatter said that despite his efforts to convince Iran president Hassan Rouhani to let women attend matches when he met him in 2013, ''nothing has happened.'' Iran is one of the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss
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