Hayatou dumped as head of London 2012 football


By Andrew Warshaw

September 21 – In an unprecedented and embarrassing U-turn, FIFA tonight backtracked over the appointment of controversial African football powerbroker Issa Hayatou to spearhead the London 2012 football tournament at a time when he is under investigation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for alleged corruption.

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Andrew Warshaw: Restoring FIFA’s tattered reputation is a big ask of new communications chief De Gregorio


It’s one thing spearheading FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s election manifesto against a single opponent who later pulls out anyway. It’s quite another taking on a sceptical global media to try to repair the organisation’s battered standing in the game.

That’s the task facing FIFA’s new communications chief Walter De Gregorio, who takes up his new post on October 1.

Given the need-to-know basis on which the FIFA communications policy has operated in the past,

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CAF strikes new centralised World Cup deal with Italian firm


By David Gold

September 20 – Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou has signed a contract with Italian company B4, who are closely associated with French organisations Lagardère Sport and Sportfive, for the sale of centralised television and marketing rights to the African World Cup qualifiers.

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