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Blatter slams politicians calling for World Cup boycotts

FIFA President Joseph Blatter gestures as he waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Blatter hit out at unnamed lawmakers for wanting boycotts of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter listened to campaign speeches from his three challengers on Tuesday, hearing how badly his rivals want to change the organization he has been running for 16 years.

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Simeone signs contract extension with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone arrives for a press conference at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The former Argentina and Atletico midfielder, who took over as coach in December 2011, has renewed his contract with the Spanish champions for another five seasons, keeping him at the club until 2020. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone renewed his contract with the Spanish champion on Tuesday for another five seasons until 2020.

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Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term

UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — Michel Platini was re-elected as UEFA president on Tuesday, and two critics of Sepp Blatter were chosen to join the FIFA executive committee.

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UEFA chief Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism

UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer.

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Clarke could ask Gerrard to address Europe’s Ryder Cup team

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard removes the captains armband after being sent off by referee Martin Atkinson during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON (AP) — Darren Clarke says he could ask Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to address Europe’s Ryder Cup team before it takes on the United States at Hazeltine next year.

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