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SEPP BLATTER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blatter back among friends: Africa ready to show its support

The three men challenging Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world soccer will see this week just how difficult it will be to remove the Swiss as FIFA president. The Confederation of African Football holds its main meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, when Blatter will likely be acclaimed by his long-time backers on the continent as their choice in next month's FIFA presidential election...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

  If a group of United States senators have their way, FIFA will shock the soccer world and move the next World Cup.   Robert Menendez and Ron Johnson led a group of 13 senators, who called on FIFA President Sepp Blatter to strip Russia of the hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The senators’ letter cites Russia’s role in the...
Via NESN.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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....
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Awful Announcing
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: FIFA decides to stage Qatar 2022 World Cup in winter

  The long-mooted “winter world cup” in 2022 just might happen as speculated.   FIFA has reached a decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in November and December instead of in the summer months, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl. World soccer’s governing body plans to delay the tournament in order to avoid the searing summer heat in host nation...
Via NESN.com
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Last week, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that FIFA would finally release the “Garcia Report” (with redacted names) to the public. This is good news, except that he also stated that the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids would not be revisited, defying the very purpose of the report. Can we all take a step back for a moment to marvel at this? Whether it’s out of frustration...
Via The Sports Post
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA expected to clear Qatar on corruption charges

The BBC reports that FIFA is going to clear Qatar of corruption charges based on bidding for the 2022 FIFA World Cup when the FIFA ethics report is published tomorrow morning. Also, the English FA will be in trouble for associating themselves with former FIFA VP, Jack Warner, who resigned due to bribery allegations. After many allegations that Qatar bribed people to vote for them...
Via 32 Flags
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA film loses tens of millions of dollars at box office

You might remember us telling you about the movie United Passions, a film by FIFA and for FIFA.  Soccer’s world governing body spent $27 million dollars to produce a movie about its own virtues and greatness. At the time it was released, the FIFA film was panned as one of the most egomaniacal, laughable attempts at cinema in recorded history.  Reports of FIFA putting forth 90...
Via Awful Announcing
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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