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Eckert breaks silence saying he has no fear of recommending sanctions

Hans-Joachim EckertBy Andrew Warshaw
September 17 - The German judge who will deliver the eagerly awaited verdicts into whether any corruption took place during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process has given a broad hint that he will not hold back from recommending sanctions.

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Canada's Kyle fuels 2015 'turf vs grass' row with FieldTurf endorsement

Kaylyn KyleBy Andrew Warshaw
September 16 - Canadian star Kaylyn Kyle is the latest player to become involved in the row over using synthetic turf at next year's women's World Cup. Kyle is reported to have been signed up by FieldTurf, the company whose product is being employed at a majority of the six stadiums being used for the tournament.

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Scala suspends Watson while Cayman corruption probe runs its course

Canover WatsonBy Paul Nicholson
September 16 – Canover Watson, a member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, has been "temporarily relieved" of his duties on this committee by chairman Domenico Scala while an investigation takes place following news of his arrest by Cayman Islands police in August.

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Champagne commits to race against Blatter with a call for debate

jerome champagne2By Andrew Warshaw
September 16 - Despite the sceptics assuming he will not stay the course, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne insists he will be standing against Sepp Blatter next year at the organisation's presidential election.

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Valcke cautious of video replay proposals

video refereeSeptember 15 - Just because he is Sepp Blatter's number two, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke doesn't always have to agree with his president, the debate over video replays during matches being the latest case in point.

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Right places, wrong timepieces

watchesBy Andrew Warshaw
September 15 - As the world awaits the findings of FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert into possible corruption surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the organisation has become embroiled in an untimely episode – this time concerning gifts offered to senior officials in Brazil.

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Stakeholders will have time to make 2022 case, says Shaikh Salman

Shaikh SalmanSeptember 15 -Asian football chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa says there will be no rush to agree on an exact date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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FIFA to double women's development funding

womens footballBy David Owen
September 12 – In a further positive step for women's football, FIFA has announced that it is to double its development funding for this fast-growing arm of the sport over its next four-year cycle, culminating with the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The governing body has earmarked $21 million for this purpose in 2015-18, up from just under $10.3 million in 2011-14.

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FIFA to dip into solidarity fund to help Ebola-hit associations

Monrovia stadiumBy David Owen
September 11 - FIFA plans to dip into its solidarity fund to help three impoverished West African nations - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - stricken by the deadly Ebola virus. The governing body said that at its next finance committee meeting in two weeks' time on September 25 it would propose using solidarity fund resources to "support the member associations" of these three countries in the fight against the disease.

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