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UAE's road to World Cups unchanged after FIFA's call

UAE's road to World Cups unchanged after FIFA's call

The UAE’s route to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unchanged after FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed there will not be any alterations made regarding qualification and allocation of slots. “Among other thi…

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  • UAE's road to World Cups unchanged after FIFA's call
    UAE's road to World Cups unchanged after FIFA's call Sport360 - Sun, May 31, 2015

    The UAE’s route to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unchanged after FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed there will not be any alterations made regarding qualification and allocation of slots. “Among other things, we decided that the slots of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup would not change. More »

  • Defiant Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm
    Defiant Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm AFP - Sat, May 30, 2015

    Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football. Blatter, who had defied calls to resign, raised his arms in triumph and promised the congress to be the "commander" who "guides this boat FIFA" out of the corruption turmoil it has sunk into. The 79-year-old Blatter also indicated he would not stand again, saying he would hand over a "strong" FIFA to "my successor" in four years. More »

  • Blatter defiant as re-election vote looms
    Blatter defiant as re-election vote looms AFP - Fri, May 29, 2015

    FIFA boss Sepp Blatter headed into a re-election vote Friday adamant that only he can clean up football's corruption-tainted headquarters, to the dismay of many as calls mounted for his resignation. Blatter opened FIFA's annual congress by saying he could "not monitor everyone all of the time", rejecting blame after a dramatic week that saw several arrests and the opening of criminal investigations. "The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. More »

  • FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote
    FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote AFP - Thu, May 28, 2015

    Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term. Blatter remains favourite to win the presidential election on Friday however. Credit card giant Visa said it would "reassess" its sponsorship of FIFA unless it takes immediate action after the arrest of top FIFA leaders accused by US authorities of taking huge bribes. More »

  • Blatter 'meets heads of six FIFA confederations'
    Blatter 'meets heads of six FIFA confederations' AFP - Thu, May 28, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has met with the heads of FIFA's six confederations in Zurich on Thursday morning as a vast corruption scandal continues to engulf world football's governing body, sources confirmed. More »

  • Soccer-Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums Reuters Middle East - Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    (Fixes headline) By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 6 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked Iran to end its ban on women watching football matches, describing the situation as intolerable. "When I travelled to Iran in November 2013, I was not only confronted with huge popular enthusiasm from football but also a law forbidding women from attending football matches," he wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine. A collective "stadium ban" still applies to women in Iran, despite the existence of a thriving women's football organisation. More »

  • Soccer-Attention European leagues - it's the World Cup Reuters Middle East - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Europe's leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup. Tuesday's recommendation by a task force of soccer's world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about "disruption" and "tradition." It also led to an immediate demand by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Clubs' Association, for compensation for his members being forced to release their players during the season for the first time. This plea came two weeks after the English Premier League secured a TV rights deal worth five billion pounds ($7.75 billion) over three years from 2016 with no indication that the next deal will be anything other than similarly lucrative. More »

  • Qatar World Cup in Nov-Dec 'done deal': report
    Qatar World Cup in Nov-Dec 'done deal': report AFP - Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    New York (AFP) - Staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December to avoid blazing summer heat is "a done deal," Sports Illustrated reported on its website Wednesday. More »

  • Prince Ali attacks FIFA's 'culture of intimidation'
    Prince Ali attacks FIFA's 'culture of intimidation' AFP - Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein criticised the organisation's "culture of intimidation" and challenged incumbent Sepp Blatter to a public debate as he kick-started his campaign on Tuesday. More »

  • Soccer-I'll protect players and listen to fans - Prince Ali Reuters Middle East - Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 30 (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein wants soccer's governing body to protect players' rights and pay more attention to fans and sponsors, he said on Friday. The Jordanian suggested a revision of the number of slots allocated to each continent at the World Cup and added the hierarchy should be shaken up so "the FIFA president is there to serve...and protect the game". The 39-year-old also wants to "make FIFA a model of good ethics", he said on his new website (www.worldsgame.com). "There is a critical need to rebuild public confidence in FIFA and show fans we have football's best interests at heart," said Prince Ali, a member of the executive committee. More »

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