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Russia’s Mutko ‘Barred From FIFA Post’

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ZURICH: FIFA has barred Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, chief organiser of the World Cup to be held in his country next year, from sitting on the world body’s ruling council, a source close to FIFA told AFP on Friday. Mutko, who has also been accused of involvement in Russia’s sports doping scandal, is…

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Malaysia Remain In 161st Position On FIFA Ranking List For January

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s football fortunes remained unchanged in the FIFA ranking list as the new year’s list released by the world governing body for football saw Malaysia remain in 161st spot. According to the FIFA ranking list released on the FIFA website www.fifa.com today, Malaysia stayed in 161st position, the same as in December,…

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Labinot’s Complaint To FIFA ‘Mischievious’

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PETALING JAYA – Melaka United Soccer Association (MUSA) said Labinot Harbuzi is being ‘mischievious’ for taking the winning bonus issue to FIFA’s attention. Its deputy president, Datuk Mohd Yusof Mahadi said the former Melaka United player was supposed to discuss the issue with his agent and MUSA. He admitted MUSA has not paid the bonus…

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Argentina Maintains Lead In FIFA World Ranking

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MADRID – After the European Championship and the Copa America, Argentina stayed atop FIFA world rankings ahead of Belgium, while Spain went down to eighth place after being eliminated against Italy in the second round of the Euro. The most significant change in the top 10 rankings this month is achieved by France, rising 10…

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New FIFA Number Two Fatma Samoura Starts Work

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  ZURICH: FIFA’s new general secretary Fatma Samoura has officially started work, becoming the first woman and non-European to hold the powerful post at the scandal-tainted organisation. Samoura was named to the job in May, in a surprise move by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who has sought to repair the reputation of world football’s governing…

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FIFA lawyers: Blatter, Valcke And Kattner Paid Themselves $80M

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  FIFA is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after its own lawyers revealed that former president Sepp Blatter and two of his colleagues awarded themselves pay raises and bonuses totaling $80 million over their final five years in office. Lawyers for world football’s governing body allege that Blatter, along with former…

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FIFA Reformer Scala Quits In Protest Over Governance Changes

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  THE man credited with spearheading reforms at scandal-hit FIFA resigned Saturday in a major blow to the world governing body’s new president Gianni Infantino. Swiss Domenico Scala stepped down as chairman of FIFA’s independent audit and compliance committee, complaining that the reforms were being undermined. Scala was angered by a decision of the FIFA…

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FIFA Congress Seeks To Clean Up Mess

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  MEXICO CITY – FIFA’s new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football’s annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization. Infantino — who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis — wants to turn the…

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Exclusive – FIFA’s Blatter Is Still Being Paid His Salary Despite Ban From World Soccer

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MIAMI (Reuters) – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president’s salary from world soccer’s governing body, a spokesman for FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday. Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on Oct 8 and then banned…

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Sepp Blatter: Russia 2018 World Cup ‘Agreed Before Vote’

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SUSPENDED Fifa president Sepp Blatter has suggested there was an agreement in place for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup – before the vote took place. The 79-year-old told Russian news agency Tass of a “discussion” in 2010 about future World Cups. He said a late swing in voting that gave Qatar the 2022…

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Sepp Blatter Secured Michel Platini Support With £1.35 Million Payment

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UEFA president Michel Platini agreed to back Sepp Blatter for re-election as FIFA president weeks after receiving £1.35m from FIFA on Blatter’s authority in March of 2011, according to a report out of England. Sources told the Guardian on Wednesday that Platini was promised Blatter’s support for the 2015 election should the former French international…

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Kim Swee Seeks FIFA’s Security Assurance In Hebron

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SEPANG – The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) and FIFA need to give their assurance that the football venue for the match between Palestine and Malaysia at the Dora International Stadium in Hebron is safe. Harimau Malaya (national football squad) interim coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee said the question of security was very important for the…

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Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini Could Face 90-Day FIFA Suspension

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LONDON — Sepp Blatter could be facing a 90-day suspension. The FIFA president’s future was being determined by the governing body’s ethics committee at meetings in Zurich, with Blatter at risk of being suspended after a criminal case was opened against him. Blatter associate Klaus Stoehlker, who has no role at FIFA, told The Associated…

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FIFA Sanctions Malaysia Over Hooliganism

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World governing body FIFA on Monday announced a series of sanctions against the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) as punishment for the crowd trouble that wrecked the World Cup qualifier against Saudia Arabia on September 8. Militant fans angry at the 10-0 humiliation in a previous match to the United Arab Emirates fired flares billowing…

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FIFA Punishes FAM With RM180,000 Fine, Match Without Spectators

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KUALA LUMPUR – The International Football Federation (FIFA) has fined the FA of Malaysia (FAM) 40,000 Swiss francs (about RM180,000) and ordered Malaysia’s national squad to play a home match without spectators over the serious crowd disturbances in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying match between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. According to a statement published by…

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Malaysia Drop To 171st Place In Latest FIFA Ranking

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KUALA LUMPUR – The absence of class A international friendly matches for the Harimau Malaya (national squad) lately saw Malaysia dropping two rungs in the latest FIFA ranking. Malaysia are now in 171st place in the world in the FIFA monthly ranking for October which was issued today, compared to 169th in September and August.…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Watch Real Madrid Star Walk Out Of Interview

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IT’S a story that has dominated media headlines, but the corruption crisis that has engulfed FIFA is of no interest in the Real Madrid dressing room, according to world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo. He told CNN Espanol that conversations among the players revolve around “music, about women, about fashion, about shoes, about suitcases/bags,…

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I’ll Save FIFA From Disgrace – Korean Automotive Billionaire

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COULD a billionaire automotive magnate be the man to drive reform at the top of world football? South Korean Chung Mong-Joon, who owns a controlling stake in the Hyundai Group, is joining the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, an aide told CNN Thursday. The 63-year-old tycoon is expected to formally announce…

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FIFA Scandal: Jeffrey Webb Pleads Not Guilty In New York

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NEW YORK – Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty Saturday to federal racketeering and bribery charges in connection with a massive corruption scandal. Webb, onetime head of CONCACAF, the soccer governing body for North America and the Caribbean, surrendered his passports and was released on $10 million bond. He will be confined…

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Top FIFA Officials Blatter, Valcke May Be Qestioned In Swiss investigation

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BERN, Switzerland – World soccer’s top official, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, could face questions from Swiss investigators looking into the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, which saw Russia and Qatar come out as the victors, respectively. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber told journalists Wednesday in the Swiss city of Bern that he…

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Russia, Qatar Could Lose FIFA World Cup Rights

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RUSSIA and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events if evidence is presented that bribes bought the votes to award their bids. In an interview with a Swiss publication, the Sonntagszeitung weekly, FIFA compliance chief Domenico Scala said, “should evidence be present that the awarding to Qatar and…

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Corruption in FIFA? Its Auditors Saw None

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WASHINGTON – Despite longstanding suspicion of corruption, world soccer’s governing body has received a clean bill of financial health for 16 consecutive years from KPMG, one of the world’s top auditing, accounting and consulting firms. No one has challenged the accuracy of the annual reports of the body, FIFA, which are prepared according to international…

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Zico Considering FIFA Presidency Bid

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SAO PAULO: Former Brazil international Zico has expressed a desire to run for president of FIFA following Sepp Blatter’s shock resignation on Tuesday. Blatter rocked the world of soccer by unexpectedly saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that reportedly may include the embattled chief himself. The…

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Sepp Blatter To Resign As Fifa President Amid Corruption Scandal

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SEPP Blatter is to resign as president of football’s governing body Fifa amid a corruption scandal and is reportedly under investigation in the US. In announcing his exit, the 79-year-old Swiss has called an extraordinary Fifa congress “as soon as possible” to elect a new president. Blatter was re-elected last week, despite seven top Fifa…

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Fifa: Nicolas Leoz Faces Arrest As Enrique Sanz Is Suspended

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ONE senior official has been provisionally banned while another prominent figure faces house arrest in the fall-out from the Fifa scandal. Governing body Fifa suspended Enrique Sanz, general secretary of Concacaf, from all football-related activities. Concacaf governs the game in North and Central America plus the Caribbean. A judge ordered the arrest of Nicolas Leoz,…

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Fifa Re-Elects Sepp Blatter As President For Fifth Term

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SEPP Blatter has been re-elected president of Fifa, football’s world governing body, in a vote overshadowed by arrests and corruption allegations. Mr Blatter’s rival, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, had forced a second round of voting but withdrew. In his victory speech, Mr Blatter said: “I am the president now, the president of everybody.”…

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FIFA Brothers Deposit Large Cash Amounts To US Banks, Reports Show

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two brothers who pleaded guilty in the FIFA football bribery scandal deposited large sums of cash in a frenzied series of visits to U.S. banks, hoping to avoid detection by authorities, U.S. court documents released this week showed. Daryan and Daryll Warner, sons of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and their…

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New Zealand To Vote For Prince Ali In FIFA Election

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Football will vote for challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein in the FIFA presidential election later on Friday, joining a list of national associations switching allegiance away from embattled incumbent Sepp Blatter. NZF’s decision runs counter to an unanimous commitment from the all 11 nations in the Oceania Football Confederation…

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FIFA Inquiry Yields Indictments, U.S. Officials Vow to Pursue More

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WASHINGTON – With billions of dollars at stake, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa jockeyed in 2004 for the privilege of hosting soccer’s most prestigious tournament, the World Cup. The outcome hinged on a decision by the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, and a single vote could tip the decision. And at least one…

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FIFA Arrests A Sad Day For Football: Prince Ali

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ZURICH: Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who is challenging Sepp Blatter for FIFA’s leadership, said today that the arrest of six football officials in a US corruption probe was “a sad day” for the sport. But the prince did not use the arrests to launch a new attack on Blatter, who he has accused of…

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