Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA's boss after Prince Ali pulls out

Blatter and world cupBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 29 - Sepp Blatter clinched victory over Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan today, moving into a fifth four-year term of office at the age of 79 but not quite with the two-thirds majority many had predicted. In dramatic scenes Prince Ali announced his withdrawal from the contest. He received a standing ovation as he left the platform while Blatter was cheered as he once again took centre stage

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Palestine drop motion to suspend Israel amid impassioned scenes

FIFA-free-palestineBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 29 - Amidst high drama and under pressure from football federations across the world, Palestine withdrew its proposal today to throw Israel out of FIFA – at the eleventh hour.

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Nike 'cooperating with authorities' over Brazil bribery scandal

w10503 nike-premier-team-fifa ball wvo detailBy Mark Baber
May 29 - Multinational US-based sportswear company Nike is reported to be the company at the centre of the bribery scandal over the Brazil shirt deal with the company claiming it is 'cooperating with the authorities.'
Allegations over Nike's 1996 contract with the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) are long-standing, with major questions over the final destination of the money received.

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Blatter calls for calmer waters, unity and trust, Scala for culture change

Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw and Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 29 - Sepp Blatter used the most important presidential address of his 17-year reign today by suggesting the brutal scrutiny he and his organisation have come under would not have occurred had Russia and Qatar had not been chosen to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Manchester United deny link corrupt sports management firm Traffic

Torben-AakjaerBy Mark Baber
May 29 - Manchester United have denied being linked to Traffic, the sports management form central to the corruption in South America and CONCACAF uncovered in recent days, whose academy they signed a deal with in 2008.

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Palestine/Israel crisis: last ditch plan proposed at congress as vote nears

Football Politics pic 1By Andrew Warshaw
May 29 - Insideworldfootball has learned that a last-ditch compromise may have been reached to prevent Palestine's highly contentious proposal to suspend Israel from world football from being put to the vote at today's FIFA congress in Zurich. Israel are believed to have proposed a last minute multi-point plan.

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Heysel remembered: 30 years on, FIFA Congress pays tribute

1445477 w2By Samindra Kunti and Paul Nicholson
May 29 - The 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster was remembered at the FIFA Congress today in Zurich by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, sitting two places away from UEFA president Michel Platini, who scored the winning goal on the fateful night that saw 39 Italians killed on the terraces of the Heysel stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

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Blatter calls for unity, as rumour mill grinds ahead of the vote

FIFA Congress 2By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 29 - Sepp Blatter looked poised to win a fifth term as FIFA president today - but perhaps not with the landslide victory many have predicted.

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Brazil's Del Nero flees Zurich ahead of Congress

Marco Polo del NeroBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - The most dramatic election build-up in FIFA history has taken yet another unexpected twist when the head of Brazil's national federation and a senior FIFA official fled Switzerland a few hours before the ballot.

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