Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:20 UTC

Without a wink of remorse, Blatter celebrates FIFA's fifth re-election victory

Neither Blatter nor Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the vote in the first round

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by US, Swiss and other law enforcement agencies.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:56 UTC

Argentine football and government pledge support for investigation and call for transparency

Grondona, who passed away in July 2014 having been at the helm of Argentine football since 1979, could have taken a total of US$15m in illicit payments.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) issued on Thursday a press release in support of the US led investigation into FIFA and called for transparency in football, adding it joins the efforts to investigate corruption in the sport.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:45 UTC

Led by former star Romario, Brazilian Senate opens formal inquiry into country's football

Romario: “There's no other alternative. Either these guys all go to prison or they will continue sucking the blood out of Brazilian football until its death”

Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a U.S. bribery probe. The country's Senate, led by former national soccer star Romario, who is now a prominent legislator, moved to open a formal inquiry into alleged bribes paid to obtain contracts with the Brazilian Soccer Federation (CBF).

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Putin claims US seeks to derail Russia's 2018 World Cup plans

The Russian president's comments came former UEFA president Lennart Johannsen backed calls for Russia to be stripped of the tournament

Russian president Vladimir Putin waded into the FIFA scandal by accusing the United States of interfering in FIFA affairs after the US Justice Department ordered Swiss police to arrest seven senior FIFA officials on Wednesday. They were among nine current and former FIFA officials indicted.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:33 UTC

Undaunted Blatter blames corruption on others and pledges to rebuild trust in FIFA

“We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. It has to stop here and now,” said Blatter.

Despite growing pressure to resign having presided over a series of corruption scandals, Sepp Blatter tells Congress he is still the man to rebuild trust in FIFA’s battered reputation

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:27 UTC

Asian confederation announces it will support Blatter on Friday

AFC “reiterates its decision taken at the AFC Congress in Sao Paulo in 2014 ... to support FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.”

The Asian Football Confederation says it still supports Sepp Blatter's bid for another term as FIFA president, and opposes any move to delay Friday's scheduled elections in the wake of a string of corruption arrests of some of the federation's top officials.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 06:11 UTC

UEFA meets on Thursday in a bid to postpone FIFA presidential election

UEFA added Friday's meeting of FIFA's members risked turning into “a farce” and said it could even boycott the gathering.

European football's leaders are to meet on Thursday in a bid to postpone FIFA's presidential election. UEFA said Friday's vote should not go ahead after bribery and racketeering charges were laid against senior officials in football's governing body. “These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in FIFA's culture,” UEFA said.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 05:56 UTC

FIFA's key sponsor express “serious concern” following corruption allegations

FIFA's sponsors such as Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa, Sony, Gazprom and Hyundai/KIA have faced increasing calls to put pressure on FIFA

Key sponsors of FIFA have expressed “serious concern” after the US accused senior officials of football's governing body of racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Coca-Cola said the World Cup had been “tarnished” by “lengthy controversy”.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 05:40 UTC

US formalizes extradition request of three Argentines allegedly involved in FIFA investigation

Even when no names were mentioned the FIFA corruption case has three Argentines involved, Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis.

Argentina's foreign ministry confirmed late Wednesday that United States had officially requested the extradition of three Argentine citizens allegedly involved in the US Justice Department investigation into FIFA corrupt dealings.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 01:17 UTC

Blatter “welcomes investigations” into such “misconduct that has no place in football”

“We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us”, said Blatter.

FIFA chief Joseph Blatter in a brief statement said on Wednesday afternoon that “we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities” and further on emphasized that “such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game”•


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