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Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 - 04:48 UTC

Blatter favors playing the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November/December

“We cannot play the World Cup in summer,” said Blatter. ‘The date which is the most convenient is the end of the year.”

Holding the controversy-plagued 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar at the end of that year rather than the scorching summer is FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s preferred option, he told French radio station France Info.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 11:01 UTC

FIFA will not make public full report on alleged corruption in 2018/22 World Cup bidding

“Publishing the report in full would actually put the FIFA Ethics Committee and FIFA itself in a very difficult situation legally,” said Eckert

FIFA’s ethics judge says full publication of Michael Garcia’s report on alleged corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race is not legally possible and would breach confidentiality agreements with interviewees.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Friday, October 10th 2014 - 04:47 UTC

Damon Albarn apologizes to Argentina for Top Gear's offensive behavior

The English singer-musician was cheered by his audience in Buenos Aires

Damon Albarn has apologized to the people of Argentina after Top Gear offended the population with an inappropriate number plate while filming their BBC show in the country. In effect during his set at one Buenos Aires main theatres this week the Blur front-man called To Gear's Jeremy Clarkson a “f****** a*****” over the serious gaffe.

Wednesday, October 1st 2014 - 07:00 UTC

UEFA member Gibraltar will appeal FIFA decision rejecting its incorporation

Gibraltar will play Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland on 11 October in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Gibraltar's football association has announced it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA rejected its bid to become a member. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the “FA of Gibraltar cannot be accepted as a member of FIFA” because it contravened the world governing body's statutes regarding independent territories.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 - 22:47 UTC

Blatter assures Asia (and Africa) votes for his fifth bid as FIFA president

”Our growth in world football can also be credited to the dynamic relationship that the AFC has with FIFA under the guidance of Mr. Blatter.”

Asian Football Confederation chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has joined his African counterpart in officially backing Sepp Blatter’s bid for re-election. Last week Issa Hayatou and the Confederation of African Football executive committee “unanimously resolved” to support Blatter for a fifth term as FIFA president.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

Emma Watson draws hundreds of young fans in Montevideo during the UN goodwill visit

During the conference promoting women at the Uruguayan parliament, sitting next to Vice-president Danilo Astori.

British actress Emma Watson drew hundreds of young fans on Wednesday as she visited Uruguay's Legislative Palace to promote women's participation in politics in her new role as a UN goodwill ambassador.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:10 UTC

Blatter has a challenger for next year's FIFA president election: Champagne

“I am happy that the debate about the future of FIFA and football has finally begun with the prospect of various candidates”, said Champagne

Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne has formally announced that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 04:08 UTC

FIFA vice-president has called for 'corruption' report to be published

Webb said that “if there is proven bribery or corruption” FIFA should either run a revote or the hosting rights should “go to the runners-up”.

FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb has called for Michael Garcia’s report into the corruption-tarnished World Cup bidding process to be published. The CONCACAF president made his declaration at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 04:55 UTC

Blatter will run for a fifth term, despite ongoing corruption scandals

”Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate” said Blatter in a pre-recorded interview

Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will run for a fifth, four-year term as FIFA president. Buoyed by a successful World Cup in Brazil and UEFA President Michel Platini opting not to stand in next year’s election, the 78-year-old Blatter believes he has the backing to win again.

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