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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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6 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter: Sanctions against racism need to be tougher

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has urged South America's football associations to hand out tougher sanctions for acts of racism by soccer fans. Speaking Wednesday to members of the South American confederation CONMEBOL, Blatter said clubs linked to offending fans need to have points deducted and even be relegated. Blatter says: ''We have a serious problem of racism...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter warns Russia over racism problem ahead of 2018 World Cup

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there ''must be some sanctions'' if the extremism is not eradicated. A report produced by the Fare network, an organization that combats discrimination in football, and the Moscow-based SOVA Center showed...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter: 2022 World Cup final will not be played after December 18

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than December 18 - a move which could protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games. UEFA has proposed playing the final at the tournament on December 23, just two days before Christmas, to lessen disruption to its own international matches. That sparked uproar in Britain as it would...
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February 27, 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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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