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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 08:05:50 -0400
Soccer-Sheikh Salman says up to Asian FAs whether he runs

By Brian Homewood Zurich (Reuters) - Soccer's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday its presidential election would go ahead as planned on Feb. 26 and promised it would do more to open up internal investigations into complaints and scandals. The announcement was a blow for UEFA president Michel Platini - a delay in the election mooted by some officials would have given him more time to appeal against a ban from the game and then stand to replace departing leader Sepp Blatter. Both Blatter and Platini were suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee this month, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as their sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United State

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:21:58 -0400
FIFA confirms congress, presidential election for February

FIFA decided Tuesday to keep its presidential election date in February as uncertainty surrounded Michel Platini's candidacy. The governing body held its first executive committee meeting since FIFA President Sepp Blatter was provisionally suspended two weeks ago. Blatter had already announced plans to resign before being banned for 90 days amid a FIFA ethics investigation over a 2011 payment to Platini, the UEFA president who was also suspende

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Man Utd back in Moscow after six-year absence

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was last week handed a 50,000-pound ($77,400) fine and a suspended one-match stadium ban by England's Football Association, was included in the list of 10 nominees for World Coach of the Year announced early Tuesday. The list of Ballon d'Or nominees will be shortened to the final three contenders on Nov. 30 with Messi and Ronaldo almost certain to make the cu

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:31:35 -0400
Soccer-Rosler out, Evans in at Leeds

If Arsenal is to turn around its miserable Champions League campaign, Arsene Wenger's side will have to do it in style - by beating five-time champion Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Consecutive defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos have backed Arsenal into a corner of its own making. With Dinamo hosting Olympiakos, and both sides on three points, the opportunity is there for one to lay claim to the runners-up slot, halfway through the group stag

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:50:47 -0400
Neymar showing he - ready to make list of top 3 in the world

Marseille players were booed off the pitch Sunday after being held 1-1 by Lorient in the French league as the nine-time champions' dismal season continued. Marseille failed to hold its lead when Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo equalized for the visitors in the 37th minute at the Stade Velodrome. Marseille dominated but lacked a cutting edge after Michy Batshuayi scored from the penalty spot in the 22nd to move to the top of the league scoring table with seven goal

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:03:16 -0400
Soccer-Asian Champions League semifinal fixtures

Lionel Messi's injury might just be what Neymar needs. With Messi out of action, the Brazil striker has taken over the spotlight at Barcelona and has the room to prove he has what it takes to finally make the three-player shortlist for the player of the year award. Neymar is almost certain to be in the 23-player list that will be announced Tuesday for the FIFA Ballon d'Or awar

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:15:55 -0400
Soccer-Platini defends $2 million FIFA fee, says he undercharged - Le Monde

Michel Platini said the two million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) he received from FIFA, a payment which has cast a cloud over his bid to become president of the world football body, was legitimate reward for genuine work. In an interview with Le Monde newspaper published on Monday, the head of Europe's powerful UEFA football federation reaffirmed his determination to run for the top job and said the money was for work he did for FIFA President Sepp Blatter from 1998 to 2002. Most of the payment, which is being investigated by the Swiss authorities, was only made in 201

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:15:55 -0400
Soccer-Platini defends $2 million FIFA fee, says he undercharged - Le Monde

Michel Platini said the two million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) he received from FIFA, a payment which has cast a cloud over his bid to become president of the world football body, was legitimate reward for genuine work. In an interview with the Le Monde newspaper published on Monday, the head of Europe's powerful UEFA football federation said the money was for work he did for FIFA President Sepp Blatter from 1998 to 2002. Both Blatter and Platini have denied any wrongdoing over the affai

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:36:24 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Pontius scored in the 39th minute and D.C. United added three second-half goals to beat the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Sunda

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:49:57 -0400
Soccer-Kuyt hat trick puts Feyenoord level at top

Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the organizing committee for the 2006 soccer World Cup, on Sunday rejected claims that a slush fund had been set up to buy votes and bring the tournament to Germany back in 2000. "I never gave money to anyone in order to acquire votes so that Germany is awarded the 2006 World Cup," Beckenbauer, a former World Cup winning player and coach, said in a statement. "And I am certain that no other member of the bid committee did something like that." Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday that an alleged slush fund had been set up with 6.7 million euros loaned by the late Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus for Germany's World Cup bid committee to pay bribes to FIFA officials in order to help land the tournament for Germany during a vote in 200

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:49:57 -0400
Soccer-Kuyt hat trick puts Feyenoord level at top

Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the organizing committee for the 2006 soccer World Cup, on Sunday rejected claims that a slush fund had been set up to buy votes and bring the tournament to Germany back in 2000. "I never gave money to anyone in order to acquire votes so that Germany is awarded the 2006 World Cup," Beckenbauer, a former World Cup winning player and coach, said in a statement. "And I am certain that no other member of the bid committee did something like that." Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday that an alleged slush fund had been set up with 6.7 million euros loaned by the late Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus for Germany's World Cup bid committee to pay bribes to FIFA officials in order to help land the tournament for Germany during a vote in 200

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:51:10 -0400
Soccer-FIFA reform committee keeps plans under wraps

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA's reform committee kept its plans for overhauling the scandal-plagued organization's structure under wraps after its second meeting on Sunday, saying only that discussions had been "rich and in-depth". Francois Carrard, the committee’s chairman, said he would present concrete recommendations to FIFA's executive committee on Tuesday and that progress was "on track". FIFA is facing unprecedented pressure to reform its governance structure following the May indictment by U.S. authorities of nine current and former football officials on bribery-related charge

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:24:24 -0400
Soccer-Gignac marks Ferretti - Tigres return with brace in 2-1 win

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid launched his campaign to be president of crisis-hit FIFA on Sunday with an attack on the two Arab royals who are the frontrunners to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter. Nakhid, who played club football in the Swiss league and North America's Major League Soccer, said he had successfully secured the five nominations from national associations needed to become a candidate and had submitted his paperwork to FIFA’s election committee. Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has also put in his nomination and the president of Asian soccer, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, is also expected to do so before the October 26 deadline for the vote four months late

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:09:04 -0400
Soccer-Columbus, Montreal secure MLS playoff berths

(Reuters) - Columbus Crew locked up a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs, and vaulted into contention for a first-round bye, with a 2-0 away victory over Toronto FC on Saturday, while Montreal also booked their place after a 1-0 win at New England. Columbus midfielder Ethan Finlay scored from close range in the 40th minute before Federico Higuain sealed the three points in second-half stoppage time. Toronto had their chances, with a first-half header from Robbie Findley hitting the post, while the usually prolific Sebastian Giovinco could not add to his 22-goal hau

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:53:07 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Ethan Finla and Federico Higuain scored to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturda

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:37:51 -0400
Soccer-Seven-up for Olympiakos with 4-0 derby win over AEK

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Paris St Germain beat SC Bastia 2-0 on Saturday to maintain their five-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. PSG, who suffered a shock 4-2 defeat in the same fixture last season, were unconvincing during the first half, but their all-time top scorer Ibrahimovic struck a double to settle the match after the break. Laurent Blanc's side, perhaps distracted by the upcoming Champions League visit of Real Madrid, were far from their best though and the coach's selection was clearly affected by a costly international brea

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:34:59 -0400
Soccer-Ibrahimovic stars as PSG beat Bastia, Angers win again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Paris St Germain beat SC Bastia 2-0 on Saturday to maintain their five-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. PSG, who suffered a shock 4-2 defeat in the same fixture last season, were unconvincing during the first half, but their all-time top scorer Ibrahimovic struck a double to settle the match after the break. Laurent Blanc's side, perhaps distracted by the upcoming Champions League visit of Real Madrid, were far from their best though and the coach's selection was clearly affected by a costly international brea

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:41:39 -0400
Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Switzerland's Attorney General has suggested that an investigation into alleged corruption at soccer's Swiss-based governing body, FIFA, could take five years. "Realistically, in all big investigations, longer than five years is bad," Michael Lauber told SRF radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday. FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 competitions to Russia and Qatar is one of the strands his office is investigatin

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:44:20 -0400
No bribes paid to FIFA for 2006 World Cup: German FA president

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Cyle Larin scored twice in an 8-minute span in the second half and Orlando City beat New York City FC 2-1 on Friday night to keep its playoff hopes aliv

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:06:54 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

Germany's 2006 World Cup bid team did not bribe officials from the world soccer's governing body FIFA to win the vote for the tournament, Fedor Radmann, the former vice president of the German organizing committee, said on Saturday, rejecting claims made by a German magazine. Radmann, who left the post three years before the World Cup, was responding to a report in Der Spiegel magazine on Friday alleging a slush fund had been set up to help land the tournament for Germany back in 2000. Der Spiegel reported that the head of the committee, Franz Beckenbauer, and its then vice president Wolfgang Niersbach, had allegedly been aware of this slush fund, citing internal documents from the German Football Association (DFB

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:37:56 -0400
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Juergen Klopp's first game since taking over as Liverpool manager ended in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 07:11:06 -0400
Soccer-World Cup slush fund claims cast shadow over Niersbach

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - German football association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach was considered a potential dark horse for one of world soccer's top administrative posts but allegations of a slush fund to help the country win hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup have cast a shadow over his credentials. A purportedly scandal-free background, long links with the DFB, the world's largest national football association, and limited involvement in global authority FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA singled him out in some quarters as an ideal candidate for one of soccer's leading role

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:20:10 -0400
San Jose beats Sporting KC 1-0 to move into 5th-place tie

(Reuters) - Canadian striker Cyle Larin scored twice and Orlando City SC retained a slim playoff hope with a 2-1 home win over New York City FC on Friday. Larin, the most prolific rookie goalscorer in Major League Soccer history, notched his 16th and 17th goals of the season as Orlando came from behind after trailing 1-0 at half-time. Orlando improved to 44 points with one regular season game left, one point behind sixth-placed Montreal Impact, who have two games remainin

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:00:24 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Cyle Larin scored twice in an 8-minute span in the second half and Orlando City beat New York City FC 2-1 on Friday night to keep its playoff hopes aliv

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:58:49 -0400
Strachan stays in charge of Scotland

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - Kuwait, home to influential sports power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, were banned from international soccer on Friday because of government interference in the running of its Football Association. "The suspension will be lifted only when the Kuwait Football Assocation (KFA) and its members (the clubs) are able to carry out their activities and obligations independently," said soccer's governing body FIFA in a statement. Kuwait could be expelled from the World Cup qualifying competition if the situation is not resolved before their next game away to Myanmar on Nov. 1

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:43:51 -0400
Soccer-UEFA fine Lokomotiv Moscow 20,000 euros

Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow have been fined 20,000 euros ($22,772.00) and will have to close part of their ground for their next European match, UEFA said on its website (www.uefa.org) on Friday. The club's supporters were found guilty by UEFA of racist behaviour during Lokomotiv's Europa League clash against Albanian side Skenderbeu in the Russian capital on Oct. 1. Part of the south stand at the Lokomotiv Stadium will be closed for their next Europa League encounter against Besiktas on Oct. 22, while they will also have to display a banner with the wording "No to Racism." Lokomotiv already apologised for the behaviour of their fans and pledged to ban those responsibl

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:36:44 -0400
FIFA to investigate serious allegations on Germany bribes

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has defended Sepp Blatter's record as FIFA president and questioned why the 79-year-old Swiss should have to step down from the scandal-mired soccer body. In an interview with state-funded Russian TV network RT, the 84-year-old also declared himself the "best supporter" of Russian president Vladimir Putin, spoke out against democracy and said he was "not very enthusiastic about America". "I don't think he should ever have stepped down," Ecclestone said of Blatter, who has been in office for 18 years and been suspended for 90 days amid the worst corruption scandal in FIFA's histor

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:07:41 -0400
Soccer-Arab royals set to clash in battle for FIFA leadership

By Simon Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Two Arab royals are set to face off for control of FIFA with the main battleground likely to be Europe, the home of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body. The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of FIFA took a fresh twist on Friday as the president of Asian soccer Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain entered the contest. "Sheikh Salman is intending to run," a Middle Eastern soccer source told Reuters on Friday, while British bookmakers William Hill instantly made Salman a 5-2 second favorite behind Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the race for one of the most powerful job in world spor

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:54:39 -0400
Soccer-FIFA removes Thai FA - executive committee after Worawi ban

By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA removed the entire executive committee of Thailand's football association (FAT) on Friday, four days after its president Worawi Makudi was suspended pending an ethics investigation by soccer's governing body. FIFA said that it had put in place a so-called "normalization committee" to oversee the election of a new executive committee by Feb. 16 "at the latest". "The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided...to remove the executive committee of the Football Association of Thailand from office and to appoint a normalization committee in its place," said soccer's governing body in a statemen

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:26:23 -0400
Roma director sees Totti in ambassador role once retired

Germany's winning bid for the 2006 World Cup was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members, the German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. Spiegel said the German bidding committee set up a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $16 million at that time) that was contributed in a private capacity by former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus. The money was used to secure the votes of four Asian representatives on FIFA's 24-member executive committee before the tournament was awarded to Germany on July 6, 2000, the magazine sai

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:17:09 -0400
Soccer-FIFA investigate complaint by Santos over Neymar move

FIFA is analyzing a Brazilian club's claim of irregularities involving Neymar's transfer to Barcelona two years ago. Santos filed a complaint to the governing body and ''the matter is currently pending and being investigated,'' FIFA said Friday. Santos claims the Brazilian player and his agents broke the terms of Neymar's contract by starting negotiations with Barcelona without the Brazilian club's consen

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:15:56 -0400
Blatter: Payment to Platini based on gentleman - agreement

By Joshua Franklin ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter, suspended president of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, said he aimed to return to office in time to hand over power to a successor to be elected at a special congress in February. Blatter, 18 years in office, was suspended for 90 days amid the worst corruption scandal in FIFA's history. "If I run away now and let everything fall, then I denigrate myself," Blatter told RROTV, a regional broadcaster based in the canton of Valai

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:58:28 -0400
FIFA analyzing claim of irregularities in Neymar - transfer

The English Football Association has suspended support for Michel Platini's bid to become FIFA president, after learning "more information relating to the issues from Mr Platini’s lawyers", the FA said in a statement. Platini, who is standing in the FIFA presidential election scheduled for Feb. 26, and incumbent Sepp Blatter were banned for 90 days by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week pending a full investigation into both men's activities. Switzerland's attorney general's office initiated criminal proceedings against Blatter over a two million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) payment from FIFA to Platini in 2011 for work carried out by the Frenchman between 1998 and 200

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:21:09 -0400
English FA suspends support for Platini - FIFA bid

MADRID (AP) -- Defending champion Barcelona and Real Madrid will start their Copa del Rey campaigns against third-tier club

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:36:05 -0400
Mourinho criticizes FA over fine and suspended stadium ban

By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body UEFA called for a quick decision in the case of its suspended president Michel Platini on Thursday and said the FIFA presidential election, which he is contesting, should go ahead in February as planned. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said, however, that there had been "different opinions" among UEFA's 54 member associations and he did not rule out another European candidate entering the FIFA presidential race. Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were banned for 90 days by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week pending a full investigation into both men's activities, the latest twist to a scandal which has engulfed FIFA and international socce

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:00:05 -0400
Soccer-FIFA says "working well" as Hayatou takes charge

FIFA, engulfed by a wave of scandals, is still working well in operational terms, acting secretary general Markus Kattner said on Thursday as interim president Issa Hayatou assumed office to replace the suspended Sepp Blatter. Blatter was last week suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee along with secretary general Jerome Valcke and UEFA president Michel Platini, pending a full ethics investigation. FIFA has been engulfed in crisis since May when 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted in the United States on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150 million in payment

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:08:04 -0400
Soccer-Former Real forward Raul to retire in November

By Simon Evans NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - European soccer associations will decide next week whether to pick another candidate from UEFA, as an alternative to their suspended president Michel Platini, to stand in February’s election for president of FIFA, a source told Reuters on Thursday. Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were given a 90-day ban by the FIFA Ethics Committee last week, pending a full investigation into both men's activities, in the latest twist to the scandal which has engulfed FIFA and international socce

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:42:26 -0400
Platini remains a candidate for FIFA president - UEFA

All 54 European soccer nations decided Thursday to back UEFA President Michel Platini. Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a payment from soccer's governing body. While Blatter has been replaced at FIFA with Issa Hayatou becoming acting president, Platini retains the UEFA presidency and salary despite officially being banned from stepping into the governing body's headquarter

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:27:08 -0400
Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou arrives in Zurich

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - European soccer body UEFA's national associations "fully support" Michel Platini, Austrian FA President Leo Windtner told reporters after a meeting of all 54 member associations on Thursday. Platini, who hopes to be a candidate for FIFA president in February, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee last week but is appealing the decision and denies any wrongdoing. (Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Michael Shield

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:27:08 -0400
Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou arrives in Zurich

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - European soccer body UEFA's national associations "fully support" Michel Platini, Austrian FA President Leo Windtner told reporters after a meeting of all 54 member associations on Thursday. Platini, who hopes to be a candidate for FIFA president in February, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee last week but is appealing the decision and denies any wrongdoing. (Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Michael Shield

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:17:35 -0400
Soccer-Johansson doubts Platini can stay at UEFA if no explanation

Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday it had approved the extradition of ex-FIFA official Julio Rocha to the United States. Rocha, a former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation, was arrested in Zurich along with six other FIFA officials in May. The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York accuses Rocha of demanding and taking bribes of $150,000 in connection with the sale of marketing rights to World Cup qualifying games. Rocha has 30 days to appeal the extradition approval, the FOJ said, adding that it gave priority to the U.S. request over a similar one from Nicaragu

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:25:43 -0400
Julius Baer says reports on its FIFA involvement are wrong

(Reuters) - Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan formally submitted his candidature to be FIFA president on Thursday, pledging to restore the reputation of world soccer's scandal-ridden governing body. The election to replace departing leader Sepp Blatter is currently scheduled for Feb. 26 but FIFA is discussing delaying it with its executive committee holding a crisis meeting on Sunday at its headquarters in Zurich. Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, who also hopes to take the top job, were suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee last wee

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 03:06:03 -0400
Soccer-With Aguero injured, Man City - Bony ready to fill void

(Reuters) - Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan formally submitted his candidature on Thursday to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, he said in a statement. "This time of crisis at FIFA is an opportunity for positive change," Prince Ali said in a statement. "Many good ideas have emerged in the current discussion over FIFA's futur

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 02:15:55 -0400
West Ham United-Crystal Palace Preview

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has submitted his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential election and pledged to restore the image of the governing body if elected in Februar

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:56:45 -0400
Adi scores on PK; Timbers beat 10-man Real Salt Lake 1-0

(Reuters) - Toronto FC clinched a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs for the first time after goals from Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Giovinco helped them to a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. Needing a point to guarantee their first playoff berth after coming into the league in 2007, Toronto built a 2-0 lead in the second half before Shaun Wright-Phillips pulled one back for the Red Bulls shortly before the final whistle. The three points not only clinched a playoff berth for the Canadian club but lifted them into second spot in the Eastern Conference, five behind the Red Bulls with two regular-season games remainin

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:32:18 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

TORONTO (AP) -- Sebastian Giovinco scored his 22nd goal of the season, and Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Tuesday night to clinch its first playoff appearanc

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 22:58:38 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist, and FC Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Wednesday night to grab sole possession of first place in the Western Conferenc

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:15:28 -0400
Spanish soccer federation president under pressure at home

Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio took charge of Mexico's national team Wednesday, becoming the 12th person to lead ''El Tri'' in the last nine years. Osorio replaces interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti, who had been in the job since Miguel Herrera was fired in July after he punched a TV reporter at an airport following Mexico's victory at the Concacaf Gold Cup. Osorio was most recently coach of Sao Paulo FC, stepping down last week after five months with the Brazilian clu

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:27:32 -0400
Spanish official wants Villar statement on FIFA corruption

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 50,000 pounds ($77,000) and given a suspended one-game stadium ban for accusing referees of being biased against his tea

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:23:29 -0400
Soccer-Spanish official wants Villar statement on FIFA corruption

The Spanish government's most senior sports official has urged soccer federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar to make clear whether he was aware of any wrongdoing at world governing body FIFA. Villar is a vice president of FIFA and has been a member of its executive committee since 1998. The 65-year-old former Athletic Bilbao and Spain player is seen as close to FIFA's Swiss president Sepp Blatter, who has been at the center of a corruption scandal prompted by U.S. and Swiss investigation

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