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Women turn threat into action as 2015 World Cup turf war lawsuit is filed

Abby WambachBy Andrew Warshaw
October 2 - The ongoing spat over the use of artificial turf at next year's women's world cup in Canada has reached crisis point with a group of leading players deciding to sue FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association claiming gender discrimination.

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AFC chief Salman declares strong support for Blatter presidency

Shaikh SalmanBy Andrew Warshaw
October 1 - In a strong message of support that will come as no surprise to seasoned observers of allegiances within FIFA's hierarchy, the head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is backing Sepp Blatter's bid for a fifth term of office.

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Match gets Valcke backing to continue, if there is 'no judgment'

Match HospitalityBy Andrew Warshaw
September 30 - Two months after becoming embroiled in a much-publicised ticketing controversy at the World Cup, FIFA's long-established marketing affiliate Match has been given a vote of confidence to maintain its relationship with world football's governing body.

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Watch row keeps ticking as Blatter calls time

timebombBy Andrew Warshaw
September 29 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter is distancing himself from the growing row over 65 designer watches donated to many of the world's leading football administrators as gifts at the World Cup.

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FIFA plots pathway to end of TPO

Valcke and BlatterBy Andrew Warshaw
September 29 - After being besieged by constant condemnation of third-party ownership, FIFA has finally agreed to ban the practise - but only after a transitional period has been phased in.

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Club Protection Programme renewed until 2018

FIFA logo4By David Owen
September 28 – FIFA's ruling Executive Committee has approved the renewal of the Club Protection Programme (CPP) - the scheme designed to remove a longstanding bone of contention by compensating clubs when players they employ are injured on international duty - for a further four years.

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Confidential means confidential, says FIFA. Blatter formally declares

Blatter speakingBy Andrew Warshaw
September 26 - The hotly debated report into possible corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process will not be made public by FIFA president Sepp Blatter or his executive committee.

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FIFA turns 15 match-fixing bans into global sanctions

FIFA logo4September 26 - Thirteen Estonia-based players and two from Slovakia, already suspended by their own respective federations for match-manipulation, have had their bans extended worldwide by FIFA.

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Champagne maintains push for FIFA's presidency as Blatter officially declares

jerome champagne2By Andrew Warshaw
Spetember 25 - Just as FIFA president Sepp Blatter is due to inform his executive committee that he wants to stay in charge of the organisation for another four years, his only current challenger for the presidency says he has no intention withdrawing his candidacy and insists he is in it for the long haul.

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