Posts Tagged Soccer

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Luis Figo speaks to the media as he launches his FIFA Presidential Campaign manifesto, at Wembley Stadium, London. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag, however, dropped out of the race on Thursday May 21, 2015, and switched his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

GENEVA (AP) — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.

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FIFA candidate Van Praag withdraws to support Prince Ali

In this Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Dutch football association leader Michael van Praag elaborates on his candidacy for the FIFA presidential election race during a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag has withdrawn from the May 29 election against Sepp Blatter, saying in a statement Thursday May 21, 2015, he has switched his support to Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag withdrew from the May 29 election against Sepp Blatter on Thursday, switching his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

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Fan violence interrupts 2nd-division match in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A second-division match in Rio de Janeiro was suspended for nearly an hour because of fan violence that reportedly caused one spectator to lose his hand when a firecracker exploded near him.

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FIFA sponsors Coke, Visa express concern over Qatar labor

In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 file photo taken during a government organized media tour, Kuttamon Chembadnan Velayi from Kerala, India, speaks to journalists while sitting on his bed in a room he shares with seven other Indian laborers in Doha, Qatar. The housing facility has been cited by Qatari labor officials for substandard conditions.  Advocates for workers' rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the "horrific" working conditions there a blot on any company's brand. At a press conference Monday, May 18, 2015 they singled out FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Budweiser, Gazprom, KIA and Hyundai, saying they have the power to pressure both FIFA and Qatar into improving the treatment of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

LONDON (AP) — FIFA came under pressure from sponsors Adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa on Wednesday to push Qatar to deliver reforms for migrant workers as the country rapidly expands to host the 2022 World Cup.

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FIFA making progress in Israeli-Palestinian soccer spat

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, receives a gift from FIFA President Sepp Blatter, during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in the hope of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body. (Mohamad Torokman/ Pool Photo via AP)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he is making process in resolving a spat between Palestinian and Israeli soccer leaders and hopes to avoid a vote to suspend Israel.

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