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US files formal extradition papers for FIFA 7, but prepare for the long haul

FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw
July 2 - The United States has formally asked Switzerland to extradite the seven senior FIFA officials arrested in Zurich in May on charges of alleged bribery and corruption - but it could take several months, possibly up to a year, for the request to be processed.

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Blatter slams accusers saying they should be the ones in jail

Sepp Blatter7July 2 - In his most hard-hitting interview since announcing he is quitting as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has dismissed any suggestion that he is corrupt, insists he is clean and says his detractors "should go to jail."

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Mutschke regrets Interpol pull-out but says war on match-fixing crime goes on

Ralf MutschkeJune 30 - FIFA's main crime-buster has expressed his regret at Interpol's decision to end the two organisations' "unique collaboration" because of the corruption scandal that has rocked world football's governing body.

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Warner extradition: US plays waiting game but Jack remains defiant

Jack Warner3By Paul Nicholson
June 30 – News that Trinidad & Tobago had received extradition papers from the US seeking former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who was indicted in the FIFA investigation, have been quickly denied by the US Department of Justice which said it has not sent "any final requests" regarding the extradition.

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Scala puts reform before press in message to FIFA leadership

Domenico Scala2By Andrew Warshaw
June 29 - Dominico Scala, independent chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, has said that the time for playing the politics of the media is over, as FIFA prioritises its reform agenda and prepares for a change of leadership.

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FIFA 7: Swiss court refuses bail for one of the 'elders'

Swiss justiceJune 29 – News of the FIFA seven arrested in dawn raids at their Zurich hotels on May 28 has been sparse. But last Friday a Swiss court reported that it had turned down an application for bail from one of the arrested, believed to be Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo, as it said he posed a "risk of flight".

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Costa Rica's Li retains home support as lawyer calls US case a 'legal absurdity'

Eduardo LiBy Mark Baber
June 26 - The lawyer for Eduardo Li, president of Costa Rica's Football Federation and a CONCACAF and FIFA executive committee member, has described the case against his client as a "legal absurdity" saying there is no evidence his client took bribes or participated in a criminal enterprise. Li was picked up in the Swiss police swoop on FIFA executives prior to the congress in Zurich last month.

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He's got a ticket to ride, but we don't know where

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 11.51.47By Andrew Warshaw
June 26 - Where will FIFA president Sepp Blatter make his first overseas public appearance since he announced he is stepping down in the wake of the corruption scandal that has enveloped his organisation?

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Drive to boost numbers of top level women coaches given FIFA support

Amelia ValverdeJune 25 – FIFA has launched a scholarship programme for female coaches in a bid to boost the number of A licenced coaches.

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