Platini's CAS appeal to take place in Blatter's presence

Michel Platini's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his six-year FIFA ban will also be attended by Sepp Blatter. Platini's office said on Tuesday that Blatter has been called by FIFA as a witness. The case will be heard on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Platini, the UEFA president, has been suspended for receiving a two million Swiss francs ($2 million) payment...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter claims role in trying to remove African president

ZURICH -- Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he was asked by Switzerland's foreign ministry last year to help persuade an African president to leave office.Blatter says in his new book that he offered Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassador's role in world soccer as the nation fell into violent turmoil.Blatter's intervention was supported by the United States, he says...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter: North, South Americans to blame for FIFA corruption

Speaking on a panel at the University of Basel entitled “Reforming FIFA,” suspended former FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke (which is ridiculous to begin with) about what he believed the problems were inside the embattled organization and how he would fix it. Blatter: "All that corruption was the fault of Americans, south and north." — Keir Radnedge (@KeirRadnedge...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA advises taking World Cups from countries with human rights abuses

FIFA has been dealing with some major controversies regarding the organization’s executive body and its choices for World Cup hosts in recent years. From Sepp Blatter’s corruption to Qatar’s migrant worker crisis, working in public relations for soccer’s governing body isn’t easy right now. After everything FIFA has had to deal with, another issue it created is beginning...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New FIFA President says World Cups in Russia and Qatar are staying put

There was some hope that with the election of Gianni Infantino as the new FIFA President that the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 would move to new sites. But reality has set in and Infantino has announced that the hosts will not change and FIFA is forging ahead with the planning for both events. Russia and Qatar were selected in a controversial vote in 2010 with...
Via Awful Announcing
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter: Gianni Infantino Worthy President, Can ‘Stabilize FIFA Again’

Sepp Blatter says newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino is a worthy successor to continue his work. Blatter praises Infantino’s “experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills” in a statement. Blatter says the 45-year-old UEFA general secretary “has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again” after a corruption crisis. Infantino will...
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter continues his crazy FIFA reign right up to the last minutes

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not long for his current job. As of Thursday, he has less than 24 hours left in a post he has held for 18 years. But despite a crazy last year that has seen his organization disgraced and himself banned for six years, Blatter still sees himself as a success amongst other crazy statements. Blatter spoke to the New York Times ahead of his final day...
Via The Comeback
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter blames America and the media for his suspension

As FIFA President Sepp Blatter contemplates his final days in office, he’s going out in typical Blatter style, with a lot of bombast and vitriol. He’s about to serve an eight-year suspension which was imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee in December. And as he watches the election of a new president, Blatter is going out with guns blazing. In an interview with French network...
Via Awful Announcing
February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

The BBC’s in negotiations to hold a FIFA presidential debate

The idea of a FIFA presidential debate has intrigued more than just one network. ESPN was reportedly pursuing a debate in late December, sending invitations to all of the five confirmed candidates. They’ve now pulled out thanks to lackluster response from the candidates, but Inside World Football reports that the BBC may step in: Negotiations are under way for the BBC to stage...
Via Awful Announcing
January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter blames U.S. for his eight-year FIFA ban

Sepp Blatter was handed a lengthy ban by FIFA on Monday, and he is blaming the United States for his current predicament. “If we had awarded the World Cup in 2022 to the USA, we would not be here,” Blatter said during a press conference Monday, via USA TODAY Sports. That won’t do him much good now after he was banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee, along...
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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