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New boy Gill says he won't come out to play if Blatter re-elected

David Gill2By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Britain's incoming FIFA vice-president David Gill will refuse to take up his new position if Sepp Blatter is re-elected FIFA president on Friday in the latest startling development to envelop world football's governing body.

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Blatter pledges to put FIFA right, Platini promises FBI help

FIFA Congress openingBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - A defiant Sepp Blatter opened arguably the most tension-filled congress of his 17 years in charge of FIFA with a rallying cry clearly designed to sway any wavering voters his way after a tumultuous 48 hours in the history or world football's governing body.

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Revolving doors and missed appointments stall FIFA politicking

FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - In the face of the worst crisis to hit FIFA under his leadership, Sepp Blatter called a meeting of his emergency committee today and came face to face with his nemesis, UEFA boss Michel Platini.

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Exclusive: Africa backs Blatter, a vote against would be 'blasphemy'

Manuel Nascimento LopesBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Western-led calls for Sepp Blatter to resign as FIFA president in the wake of the gravest corruption crisis to hit his organisation were described today as "blasphemy" by one of Africa's federation presidents who said his continent was more firmly behind the veteran Swiss than ever.

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Sponsors pile pressure on FIFA to clean-up its act

visa and fifaBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Visa has issued the most critical statement yet from any major World Cup sponsor in response to the spate of arrests of past and present FIFA officials on racketeering and bribery charges that have made worldwide headlines.

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Blatter backs investigations as UEFA move in for the kill and threaten pull out

Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has broken his silence over the stunning corruption claims that have sent shockwaves through the sport by claiming that he personally welcomed efforts taken to clean up the sport.

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US law enforcers lay bare web of deceit and corruption in Americas

loretta lynchBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Accusing FIFA of indulging for two generations in a "World Cup of Fraud", US justice authorities today laid bare the full and sensational extent of corruption at the heart of football's world governing body in the Americas. Those indicted by the US authorities are accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m over a 24-year period.

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US prosecutor reveals names and charges as it chases down tax dollars

US dept of justiceBy Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 27 - More details surrounding the seven arrests in Zurich this morning have been releasesd by US law authorities who have stepped up their assault on CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, its executives and associated marketing parties. The information details the nine FIFA officials and five company executives who have been "indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption".

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No warning of FIFA bombshells, but 'no surprise' either as Congress goes on

Fifa-007By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 27 - Neither FIFA president Sepp Blatter nor his number two Jerome Valcke are implicated in either of the corruption cases that have plunged world football's governing body into fresh crisis just 48 hours from its presidential election.

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