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Broadcasters propose FIFA election debate to Blatter, rivals

LONDON (AP) Sepp Blatter and his three FIFA presidential election rivals have been invited to participate in a television debate by the BBC and Sky. The London-based broadcasters have written to the candidates proposing a one-hour ''fans' congress'' live on their globally available channels, websites and Facebook ahead of the election in May. The 78-year-old Blatter is seeking a...
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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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Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he's concerned by a study highlighting the scale of Russia's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The Fare network organization and the Moscow-based SOVA Center detailed dozens of cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football over two seasons. The report has been received by FIFA and Blatter told...
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FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

Plenty of people inside the sports media world were more than a little irritated when FIFA gave the American television rights to the 2026 World Cup (and all events up through 2026) to Fox Sports without opening up the bidding to ESPN, NBC, or other potential bidders. Many felt that it was a make good for the inevitable shift of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November and December...
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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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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...
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Former soccer player running for FIFA President, makes Blatter look competent

FIFA’s presidential elections are coming and people are lining up to challenge current FIFA President Sepp Blatter. We have profiled those who are exemplary and today, we’re profiling those who are potentially on the other end of the spectrum. Former French international David Ginola officially announced today that he is running for FIFA President. Based on this article from...
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January 16, 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

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