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Blatter Re-Elected Amid Controversy

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Despite facing heavy scrutiny amid charges of corruption and scandal, Sepp Blatter will serve a fifth term as president of FIFA after winning Friday's election, which witnessed his opponent,Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, withdraw his name from the ballot.

Although Blatter didn't secure the necessary two-thirds majority of the votes during the first round of voting, Prince Ali conceded defeat shortly before the second round of voting.

It’s time to demand sponsors stop supporting FIFA, Sepp Blatter, slavery and corruption

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It's time for action. Put your anger about Sepp Blatter being re-elected as FIFA President to good use by contacting the FIFA sponsors and demanding that they STOP:

(1) supporting FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and
(2) supporting the use of slavery in Qatar to build for World Cup 2022,
(3) allowing FIFA to continue with a lack of transparency and oversight that has led to alleged corruption.

How to contact sponsors to tell them to stop supporting FIFA, Sepp Blatter, slavery and corruption

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It's time for action. Put your anger about Sepp Blatter being re-elected as FIFA President to good use by contacting the FIFA sponsors and demanding that they STOP:

(1) supporting FIFA President Sepp Blatter,
(2) supporting the use of slavery in Qatar to build for World Cup 2022,and
(3) allowing FIFA to continue with a lack of transparency and oversight that has led to alleged corruption.

Big. Fat. Gak.

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No, that is not my pet name for Sepp Blatter. It is my reaction him being re-elected quite easily as FIFA president today. Let us see how long this fifth term lasts before the FBI is knocking on his door with a warrant. Beat him on penalties, if you will. - Greg Seltzer

Sepp Blatter wins FIFA Presidential Election after Prince Ali withdraws from race

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Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA President, and will serve his fifth term from 2015-2019.

The voting was conducted on Friday in Zurich by members of the FIFA organization. Blatter defeated Prince Ali of Jordan at the 65th FIFA Congress.

With Prince Ali's defeat, Blatter will continue his role as FIFA President and will embark on a campaign to restore trust in FIFA especially afterthis week's arrests of several FIFA officials on corruption charges.

Sepp Blatter wins FIFA Presidential Election after Prince Ali withdraws from race

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Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA President, and will serve his fifth term from 2015-2019.

The voting was conducted on Friday in Zurich by members of the FIFA organization. Blatter defeated Prince Ali of Jordan at the 65th FIFA Congress.

With Prince Ali's defeat, Blatter will continue his role as FIFA President and will embark on a campaign to restore trust in FIFA especially afterthis week's arrests of several FIFA officials on corruption charges.

Union bits ahead of Saturday’s game in DC, FIFA news, more

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Union ready for DC. FIFA presidential election this morning. More on FIFA corruption scandal.

From ‘Bellend’ To ‘Swiss Mob Boss’: Sepp Blatter’s Career According To Wikipedia

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Over on Wikipedia, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter's career is studiously profiled.

According to the online encyclopaedia, Blatter is an "administrator"...

An administrator forthe "Swiss mob" to be precise:

Someone gave Sepp Blatter a new job title on Wikipedia this morning http://t.

Football Art: Richard Swarbrick Presents ‘Sepp Blatter Made Of Money’…

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By Chris Wright

While he's perhaps more famous for his achingly beautiful football animations, Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks) couldn't pass on the opportunity to encapsulate his take onFIFA grand poobah Sepp Blatter, what with the FIFA empire crumbling under siege conditions at the moment.

FIFA Corruption Scandal: A World Cup Boycott Will Cost England Millions And Achieve Nothing

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Should European footballing nations boycott theWorld Cup shouldSepp Blatterremain head of FIFA? Would Russia, hosts of the 2018 World Cup, agree to any boycott of the tournament it 'won' the right to host?

Russia's President Vladimir V. Putin called the arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich on Wednesday "another blatant attempt by the United States to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

Is it time for UEFA to take the Nuclear Option and split from FIFA? By Simon Evans

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Let's cut to the chase with this FIFA nonsense. Department of Justice indictments here, Swiss federal investigations there, the corrupted or corruptible soccerleaders from around the world are still going to vote for Sepp Blatter as president.

British newspapers headlines can scream for Blatter to go FIFA congress delegates will vote for him to stay.

Is it time for UEFA to take the Nuclear Option and split from FIFA? By Simon Evans

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Let's cut to the chase with this FIFA nonsense. Department of Justice indictments here, Swiss federal investigations there, the corrupted or corruptible soccerleaders from around the world are still going to vote for Sepp Blatter as president.

British newspapers headlines can scream for Blatter to go FIFA congress delegates will vote for him to stay.

FIFA corruption charges are only the tip of the iceberg

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The FIFA corruption charges from the US Department of Justice today come not as a major surprise, but the first truly public salvo in the attempt to wash out the clearly rampant corruption inside soccer's governing body. But for the steps that were taken, there are clearly many more needed to establish the real change football fans crave.

FIFA corruption charges are only the tip of the iceberg

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The FIFA corruption charges from the US Department of Justice today come not as a major surprise, but the first truly public salvo in the attempt to wash out the clearly rampant corruption inside soccer's governing body. But for the steps that were taken, there are clearly many more needed to establish the real change football fans crave.

Statement by FIFA President Blatter

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This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.



As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

It's Going Down For Real

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With just 48hrs to go before the election of FIFA president in Switzerland, 6 arrests were made by the Swiss in conjunction with the FBI over racketeering, bribery and money laundering done on US soil by several CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and CAFU (Central America's soccer federation) as well as executives from a handful of sports marketing companies.

FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

Jack Warner pleads innocence to racketeering conspiracy and corruption

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Jack Warner, former FIFA vice president and President of CONCACAF, has responded to the news that he and CONCACAF officials have been arrested and indictedfor racketeering conspiracy and corruption by issuing a press release.

Despite being named as one of the persons indicted by the US Department of Justice, Warner says he has not been questioned regarding the matter.

Jack Warner pleads innocence to racketeering conspiracy and corruption

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Jack Warner, former FIFA vice president and President of CONCACAF, has responded to the news that he and CONCACAF officials have been arrested and indictedfor racketeering conspiracy and corruption by issuing a press release.

Despite being named as one of the persons indicted by the US Department of Justice, Warner says he has not been questioned regarding the matter.

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges; Sepp Blatter not among them

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Swiss authorities conducted an early-morning operation in Zurich to arresta number oftop FIFA officials and extradited them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among those rounded up by authorities, but vice-president Jeffrey Web from the Cayman Islands was arrested.

US Soccer

USMNT U-20s trying for the World Cup summit

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The USMNT U-20s begins group play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in a group where the expectation is for the US to advance. Read More

It’s time for the US Soccer Federation to demand change in FIFA and CONCACAF

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The news of U.S. and Swiss authorities executing arrests and warrants on FIFA and CONCACAF today are shaking the sports world, and while the news is quickly changing with constant updates and information, there is one thing that we can be sure of: FIFA will be changed from this day forward. Unlike some of my fellow soccer writers, I am not seeing today's development as the end of FIFA.

It’s time for the US Soccer Federation to demand change in FIFA and CONCACAF

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The news of U.S. and Swiss authorities executing arrests and warrants on FIFA and CONCACAF today are shaking the sports world, and while the news is quickly changing with constant updates and information, there is one thing that we can be sure of: FIFA will be changed from this day forward. Unlike some of my fellow soccer writers, I am not seeing today's development as the end of FIFA.

Soccer News Update

Soccer News: It’s still FIFA

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FIFA politics and corruption charges still dominate in Friday's soccer news update, with FIFA's Congress proceeding as scheduled. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA issues

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FIFA faces another day of international scrutiny following Wednesday's arrests and calls for changes to world soccer's governing body. Read More

CONCACAF

5 revelations from the DOJ indictment against FIFA executives

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Soccer monopolized the headlines this week afterreports revealed 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives were indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption following an extensive investigation into the organization lead by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After reviewing the 168-page FIFA indictment document detailing all of the charges being brought against FIFA and CONCACAF executives, we found these five facts to be revealing:

1.

5 revelations from the DOJ indictment against FIFA executives

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Soccer monopolized the headlines this week afterreports revealed 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives were indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption following an extensive investigation into the organization lead by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After reviewing the 168-page FIFA indictment document detailing all of the charges being brought against FIFA and CONCACAF executives, we found these five facts to be revealing:

1.

Corrupción en la FIFA: la acusación del Departamento de Justicia de los EEUU

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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption

The Defendants Include Two Current FIFA Vice Presidents and the Current and Former Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF); Seven Defendants Arrested Overseas; Guilty Pleas for Four Individual Defendants and Two Corporate Defendants Also Unsealed A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants' participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.

What happens to CONCACAF?

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With FIFA finding its Congress interrupted by arrest warrants, CONCACAF is once again part of the problem for world soccer's governing body. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA officials under indictment

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World soccer got a shock on Wednesday morning when Swiss authorities arrested FIFA officials for extradition to the USA. Read More

Surprise! A FIFA perp walk begins.

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Noted crook Jack Warner and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb were among those arrested on Tuesday night (alternate link for those unable to see the NYT report). Let's hope it continues and we get some change at FIFA before everyone's tummy is as sour as mine is today about the game.Thus far, Sepp Blatter is free and clear.

The Rest

FIFA 16: EA Sports to include England and 11 women’s national team for first time

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FIFA 16: EA Sports to include England and 11 women's national team for first time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


FIFA and Electronic Arts (EA) Sports have launched they will be 12 international women's team will feature in FIFA 16, which is set to be released in September 2015.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, HCI out of USOC, more on the FIFA corruption case

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Notes from Curtin's weekly press conference. Union to host Rochester in fourth round of US Open Cup after Harrisburg third round loss. More on the FIFA corruption case.

Homegrown – May 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: The US Department of Justice makes moves against FIFA and co., We discuss the implications for US Soccer and beyond. Interview with Evan Ream, co-host of the First Eleven podcast and writer for the Davis Enterprise, regarding the US Open..

Davies Hopes FIFA Probe Brings Transparency

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FOXBOROUGH. Mass. Prior to Wednesday'straining, Charlie Davies had only seen some of the headlines about the arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, but he knows that there could be far-reaching consequences.

"I'm not too sure of what's been going on," Davies said.

FIFA arrests in Zurich, Union bits, HCI applies for state grant for new stadium, more

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Senior FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland after US Department issues indictments for racketeering, money laundering, and more. Union bits. City Islanders in US Open Cup play tonight, apply for state grant to build new stadium. More.

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges; Sepp Blatter not among them

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Swiss authorities conducted an early-morning operation in Zurich to arresta number oftop FIFA officials and extradited them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among those rounded up by authorities, but vice-president Jeffrey Web from the Cayman Islands was arrested.