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FIFA President Blatter asks to be re-elected despite crisis

With another corruption engulfing FIFA, Blatter seeks another 4 years as world soccer chief
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter will seek another term as FIFA president later Friday after asking soccer leaders to entrust him with guiding the governing body's recovery from a corruption crisis — again.

"We have been hit and I personally have been slapped," Blatter said at his 2011 re-election, which was overshadowed by a bribery scandal within FIFA. "I don't want that ever again."

Four years on, FIFA's reputation has been bruised by the deepest scandal in its 111-year history, and Blatter's leadership is coming under question.

FIFA President Blatter asks to be re-elected despite crisis

With another corruption engulfing FIFA, Blatter seeks another 4 years as world soccer chief
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter will seek another term as FIFA president later Friday after asking soccer leaders to entrust him with guiding the governing body's recovery from a corruption crisis — again.

"We have been hit and I personally have been slapped," Blatter said at his 2011 re-election, which was overshadowed by a bribery scandal within FIFA. "I don't want that ever again."

Four years on, FIFA's reputation has been bruised by the deepest scandal in its 111-year history, and Blatter's leadership is coming under question.

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign, pledges to restore trust in FIFA amid scandals
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body.

"We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time," Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted his leadership on the eve of his bid for a fifth term as president.

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign, pledges to restore trust in FIFA amid scandals
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body.

"We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time," Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted his leadership on the eve of his bid for a fifth term as president.

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

In wake of scandals, FIFA's sponsors call for change in how world football is managed
Pan Pylas, The Associated Press

LONDON - Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

Coca-Cola also made it clear it is unhappy with the scandals rocking the organization, which saw the head of European soccer, Michel Platini, urge FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down Thursday.

South Africa's 2010 WCup bid implicated in corruption probe

Bundles of cash: South Africa's winning 2010 World Cup bid tarnished by bribery allegations
Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - When South Africa won the right to host Africa's first World Cup, it was seen as a heartwarming reward for Nelson Mandela and a country that had shaken off decades of apartheid.

Today, the picture seems very different.

South Africa's 2010 WCup bid implicated in corruption probe

Bundles of cash: South Africa's winning 2010 World Cup bid tarnished by bribery allegations
Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - When South Africa won the right to host Africa's first World Cup, it was seen as a heartwarming reward for Nelson Mandela and a country that had shaken off decades of apartheid.

Today, the picture seems very different.

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs
Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the FIFA probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs
Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the FIFA probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.

US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe

Soccer officials indicted in US corruption probe; 2018, 2022 World Cup votes also scrutinized
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

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