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Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

Cameron begins tour to tell European leaders UK people are not satisfied with EU relationship

Referendum Bill will confirm the question to be put to voters: “Should the UK remain a member of the European Union?” The vote will take place by 2017.

David Cameron is starting a tour of European capitals as a bill paving the way for the UK's EU referendum is launched in the House of Commons. The British PM will attempt to persuade the Dutch, French, Polish and German premiers to back his changes to the UK's EU membership.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 06:37 UTC

Queen's Speech anticipates challenging year ahead for Cameron and his 12 seats majority

“It's a Queen's Speech for working people from a one nation government that will bring our country together,” Cameron told the House of Commons

Prime Minister David Cameron's government formally announced a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 06:24 UTC

Libor rate rigging trial reveals “scratch my back, I'll scratch yours” dealings among traders

In one of the electronic conversations submitted to the jury, Hayes is allegedly discussing manipulating the Libor rate with Will Hall, a trader at RBS (Pic AP)

The trader at the centre of the Libor rate-rigging trial tried to influence other banks to manipulate the key benchmark rate to suit his own trading positions, a jury at Southwark Crown Court has heard. Tom Hayes allegedly told one trader that he had managed to keep the three-month Libor rate “artificially high”.

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”•

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 01:14 UTC

FIFA rules out re-vote on Russia and Qatar and says Friday's congress 'will go ahead'

Walter de Gregorio, FIFA’s communications director, told a press conference in Zurich that world football’s governing body would not consider a re-vote.

FIFA has ruled out a re-vote on awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar as Swiss authorities prepare to question ten executive committee members about the corruption-tainted bidding process.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 00:18 UTC

“Red Card” for 14 FIFA and sports marketing officials

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch laid out charges against FIFA officials, who used the US financial system for bribes and kickbacks

The United States Department of Justice brought charges on racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering on 14 FIFA and sports marketing officials. Dubbed the “World Cup of corruption” by Richard Weber, chief of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit, the charges are the result of an investigation from the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Eastern New York.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 - 14:46 UTC

Platini blasts Blatter for 'lying' and supports Prince Ali ahead of FIFA's Friday election

“I have the unpleasant feeling of having given my support on the basis of a lie,” Platini told the French newspaper L'Equipe

UEFA president Michel Platini blasted Sepp Blatter for lying about his pledge to step down in 2015 and throws his support behind presidential challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

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