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West vs Asia, Africa: How FIFA presidency standoff between Blatter & Ali plays out
As the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) elects its president, its incumbent head Joseph Blatter comes under fire from Western nations, but keeps the backing of Africa and Asia.

29.05.2015 14:53

Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA
Palestine has dropped its motion to suspend Israel from FIFA, Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub said. A committee was proposed to monitor the situation between the Palestine and Israeli associations, which FIFA approved.

29.05.2015 13:40

Swiss police confirm bomb threat received at FIFA congress in Zurich - local media reports
A bomb threat was received at the FIFA congress in Zurich on Friday, prompting authorities to search the meeting venue. No evacuations were carried out, and the congress later resumed. It comes as the organization holds its presidential election.

29.05.2015 11:03

Forget FIFA scandal, FC Barcelona steals the show
While the FIFA scandal may cast a shadow over this year’s European Champions League Final in Berlin, the history of one of the sport’s most famous teams, FC Barcelona, will forever represent all that’s beautiful about the beautiful game.

28.05.2015 14:17

Israel struggles to avert FIFA ban vote as Palestinians protest outside congess venue
Palestinian protesters have interrupted the FIFA congress, as Israel faces a vote on its suspension from the organization. The vote is set to be held Friday at the request of Palestinians, who complain about restrictions on training and competition.

28.05.2015 20:50

Nike, Coca-Cola among multinationals rethinking FIFA sponsorship after arrests
Multinational corporations with ties to FIFA are scrambling to distance themselves from the allegations of impropriety that have put the global soccer organization this week at the center of a major corruption scandal.

28.05.2015 17:43

'FIFA scandal will not affect 2018 World Cup'- organizing committee head
Russia intends to stage a spectacular and very hospitable World Cup in 2018 and preparation for it is already in full swing, says CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organizing Committee, Alexey Sorokin.

28.05.2015 11:31

FIFA’s corruption scandal: Behind the scenes
The FIFA presidential vote on May 29 was likely to have been a foregone conclusion, seeing Sepp Blatter win a fifth term. However, following the arrests of FIFA delegates instigated by the US, both the vote and Blatter’s position could be in doubt.

28.05.2015 13:34

‘US on mission to clean up FIFA’
Since the US failed in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup, it’s been on a mission to clean up footballs’ governing body. This is what is partly behind the recent FIFA scandal, Paul Nicholson, editor of insideworldfootball.com, told RT’s In the Now.

28.05.2015 13:17

Putin: FIFA-linked arrests are US attempt to thwart Blatter re-election
The FIFA-linked arrests on the eve of the re-election of the organization’s chief are an obvious attempt to thwart Sepp Blatter’s re-appointment, Vladimir Putin said, answering journalists’ questions. He added it’s another example of US meddling abroad.

28.05.2015 09:12

Red card! Swiss justice office freezes implicated FIFA officials’ bank accounts
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has frozen the bank accounts of FIFA officials arrested earlier on Wednesday in Zurich on corruption charges.

27.05.2015 14:44

FIFA head caught in ‘firing line’ of US neocons (OP-ED)
As the US levels charges against seven members of football’s world governing body, and one particularly hawkish US politician is calling for the FIFA head to be ousted, RT interviews observers for their views of the incident.

27.05.2015 14:16