Tag: Sepp Blatter

Soccer-FIFA meeting to discuss possible new venue for December meeting

Soccer-FIFA meeting to discuss possible new venue for December meeting

ZURICH, Sept 22 (Reuters) – FIFA is to discuss a possible new venue & date for its executive committee meeting in December that was originally planned to be staged in Japan, soccer's governing body said on Tuesday.

The agenda for this week's executive committee meeting in Zurich said that the date & venue for the following meeting would be decided on Friday.

A FIFA spokeswoman confirmed the matter was under discussion & gave no reason for the discussion. The calendar page on FIFA's website continues to list Japan as the venue.

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U.S. and Swiss prosecutors to speak on corruption probes

U.S. & Swiss prosecutors to speak on corruption probes

BERNE (Reuters) – The United States & Swiss Attorneys General will both speak approximately their investigations into soccer corruption, which have rocked FIFA, at an event in Zurich this month, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Tuesday.

U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch & her Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber will hold a joint news conference on Sept. 14, Lauber's office said in a statement.

FIFA was thrown into turmoil on May 27 when 14 sports marketing executives & soccer officials, including several from FIFA, were indicted in the U.S. on bribery, money-laundering & wire-fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.

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U.S. and Swiss prosecutors to speak on corruption probes

U.S. & Swiss prosecutors to speak on corruption probes

BERNE (Reuters) – The United States & Swiss Attorneys General will both speak approximately their investigations into soccer corruption, which have rocked FIFA, at an event in Zurich this month, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Tuesday.

U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch & her Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber will hold a joint news conference on Sept. 14, Lauber's office said in a statement.

FIFA was thrown into turmoil on May 27 when 14 sports marketing executives & soccer officials, including several from FIFA, were indicted in the U.S. on bribery, money-laundering & wire-fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payments.

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S. Korea FIFA hopeful slams 'cannibal' Blatter and stooge Platini

S. Korea FIFA hopeful slams 'cannibal' Blatter & stooge Platini

South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon pushed his candidacy for the FIFA presidency in uncompromising terms Thursday, calling Sepp Blatter a corrupt "cannibal" & painting his main election rival Michel Platini as an untrustworthy stooge.

A former FIFA vice president & powerbroker of Asian football, Chung described himself as a candidate untainted by scandal & with a global, non-Eurocentric vision to take football's governing body into a new era.

The billionaire scion of Korea's Hyundai group confirmed he would formally announce his candidacy to replace Blatter next week & moreover pledged that, if elected, he would only serve a single, four-year term.

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Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin & Sepp Blatter just can't stop praising each other.

The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.

Two days after Putin & Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said ''people like Blatter … deserve special recognition.''

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The Latest: US opens WCup qualifying in group with Trinidad

The Latest: US opens WCup qualifying in group with Trinidad

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

7:10 p.m.

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The Latest: Germany given relatively comfy qualifying draw

The Latest: Germany given relatively comfy qualifying draw

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

8 p.m.

Defending champion Germany appears to have a relatively straightforward path to the 2018 World Cup after being drawn in Group C on Saturday with the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, & San Marino.

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The Latest: Blatter to Putin: 'You make us happy'

The Latest: Blatter to Putin: 'You make us happy'

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The latest on Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

6:15 p.m.

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FIFA Secretary General Valcke all but says he's leaving

FIFA Secretary General Valcke all yet says he's leaving

ST PETERSBURG, July 24 (Reuters) – Jerome Valcke all yet confirmed on Friday he will be leaving his role as FIFA's secretary general when Sepp Blatter is replaced as the president of world soccer's governing body next year.

Valcke, speaking at a news conference in Russia before Saturday's preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup, said: "Yes, the next FIFA president should have a new secretary general."

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Blatter not amused by bank note prankster

Blatter not amused by bank note prankster

Zurich (AFP) – A British comedian on Monday gatecrashed Sepp Blatter's efforts to defend FIFA's reputation, showering the football leader with fake dollar bills at a press conference.

The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. He was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt.

Brodkin, who uses the stage name Lee Nelson & has a track record of barging in on high profile events, walked in front of Blatter as he started a press conference to announce the date of a presidential election.

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