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David Owen: Blatter’s pledge for World Cup vote reform is clever but will it change anything?

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It would have been hard for the candidates in FIFA’s Presidential election to avoid the subject of World Cup vote reform.

And in fairness to Joseph Blatter, his latest proposals came as a direct response to an interviewer’s question.

Nonetheless, several points need to be made about the FIFA President’s “positive solution” for preventing a repetition of the “uncomfortable experience I had here in Zurich on 2 December”.

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Blaquart suspended over French quota row

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By David Gold

April 30 – François Blaquart, the National Technical Director of the French Football Federation (FFF), has been suspended over plans to implement a quota restricting the number of black and north African players in French youth academies.

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French Football Federation in ethnic quota row

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By David Gold

April 29 – The French Football Federation (FFF) will hold an investigation into reports emanating from French website Mediapart, which claimed officials within the organisation are in favour of quotas limiting the number of players recruited by academies from immigrant communities.

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