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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Fifa’s World Cup: a quadrennial guilty pleasure that is difficult to deny | Aubrey Bloomfield

Amid the pageantry and sense of spectacle it is becoming increasingly hard to stomachThe World Cup happens every four years. And each time many fans who pay close attention to the intersection of sports and politics could be forgiven for experiencing f…

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Fifa’s new broom Gianni Infantino exhibiting signs of limited shelf life

World game’s president has already wrecked his flagship event and with the World Cup draw due on Friday still has only one of 20 local sponsors in place and has yet to agree terms for the TV rights with Russian broadcastersGood news and bad news once m…

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Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual assault at awards ceremony

• USA goalkeeper says assault happened at Fifa’s Ballon d’Or awards in 2013• Blatter calls allegation ‘ridiculous’ in denial issued via his spokesmanThe former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused by Hope Solo, the USA women’s football team goa…

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Chuck Blazer obituary

US football executive and former Fifa official found guilty of racketeering and money-laundering whose testimony blew open Fifa’s corruption scandal

On a bright May morning two years ago, the world was shocked by pictures of top officials of Fifa, the international football federation, being herded away from the luxury Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich by Swiss police officers, sheltered from the waiting media by hotel staff holding up crisp white bedsheets. The early morning raid and arrests were based on indictments that followed an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation into corruption in football, an investigation built around the plea-bargained testimony of Chuck Blazer, who has died aged 72 after suffering from cancer.

Blazer, a portly figure with a Santa Claus beard and Harpo Marx haircut, worked his way up from the grassroots of US soccer into the very heart of power in world football. As executive vice-president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF, or US Soccer), and then general secretary of Concacaf, the confederation governing football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Blazer had, in the words of the former Major League Soccer commissioner Doug Logan “brought [US] soccer into the modern television age almost single-handedly”.

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Sepp Blatter is wrong. Whistleblowers are courageous and deserve our support | Letters

To compare whistleblowers to tattling children is misguided, says Erika Kelton. They are vital in helping to expose wrongdoing

Sepp Blatter’s comments about whistleblowers in David Conn’s interview are woefully misguided, but unfortunately not uncommon (Sepp Blatter after the fall: ‘Why the hell should I bear all the blame?’, 19 June). In the interview, Blatter compared whistleblowers to a child “who was a whistleblower towards the tutor” and implied they were the problem and deserved some sort of punishment for raising concerns of wrongdoing. Whistleblowing comes in many forms, and all whistleblowers deserve more respect than comparing them to tattling youngsters. Thanks to whistleblowers, nefarious schemes that have cheated taxpayers and investors, and even endangered lives, have been brought to light. Experienced and well-qualified individuals often risk their careers, and sometimes their lives, to expose and stop wrongdoing.

But views like those of Mr Blatter, or actions like the recent attempted outing of a whistleblower by Barclays CEO Jes Staley, are representative of a significant portion of the business community who think employees should be seen and not heard. In the US, whistleblowers are a key contributor to regulators’ fight against fraud and corruption. Each year whistleblowers are responsible for helping recover billions stolen and lost to fraudulent business practices. Let’s hope the Blatters and Staleys of the world don’t deter the brave individuals who muster the courage to speak up.
Erika A Kelton
Phillips & Cohen LLP, Washington DC

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The semiotics of Sepp Blatter’s beef with white wine | Letters

Police officers and their pay | James Bond and the former Fifa president | Going tabloid in the 19th century | Borrowings by Robert Louis Stevenson and Bob Dylan | From Trump Street into Russia Row

Your editorial on public sector pay (Nurses teachers and firefighters are long overdue a rise, 20 June) was disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, you exclude police officers from the headline, when they have suffered similar pay freezes and cuts, compounded by pay-scale freezes and the largest raid on pensions. Second, you use the sexist term “policemen” when referring to officers running into danger – are you suggesting policewomen run the other way? The perfectly respectable gender-neutral alternatives “officer” and “constable” have been in satisfactory use for many decades.
DCI Louise Fleckney
Broughton, Northamptonshire

James Bond in From Russia with Love, to his enemy Donald “Red” Grant: “Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.” Sepp Blatter, lunching with David Conn (G2, 19 June), ordered white wine with côte de bœuf. Doesn’t that tell us something?
Clifton Melvin
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

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Sepp Blatter after the fall: ‘Why the hell should I bear all the blame?’

David Conn has spent years writing about corruption at Fifa. When he was granted an audience with its deposed president over lunch in Zurich, he found there was more to the man than the arch-villain of popular caricature

In any account of the extraordinary rise and fall into corruption of football’s world governing body, Fifa, since the landmark 1974 election of the Brazilian president João Havelange, Sepp Blatter has to be a central figure. His expulsion at the age of 79 by Fifa’s ethics committee, terminating his fifth stint as president, was as precipitous as a fall can be: from being courted by prime ministers and presidents, to a ban from any activities relating to football.

He is serving that ban still, for the 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m) payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, the former president of European football’s governing body Uefa, which both men claimed was back pay for work at Fifa Platini had concluded nine years earlier.

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Blatter’s spirit lives on with Infantino seeing Fifa’s enemies inside and out| David Conn

New president denies he was behind controversial removal of ethics commitee chairmen as annual congress tries to turn page on corruption scandal

In the bad old days at Fifa, not very long ago at all – days which the new president, Gianni Infantino, told the annual congress in Bahrain the organisation has left behind – a swamp of corruption prevailed behind walls of denial.

Loyal executive committee henchmen of the embattled president, Sepp Blatter, would rise with a show of regret from their seats at the top table and denounce reports as “lies”, lambasting reporters hunched at the back of the hall for attacking the “Fifa family”.

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France investigates votes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups and questions Blatter

• Fifa’s former president interviewed as Swiss authorities co-operate
• Michel Platini, Uefa’s former president, has not been spoken to

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa’s vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, sources close to the investigation have confirmed.

Investigators are understood to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, who was the Fifa president at the time of the controversial December 2010 vote by a majority of the executive committee. Michel Platini, the former Uefa president whose decision to cast his vote for Qatar was crucial to the Gulf state winning a majority vote, has not been interviewed, the sources said.

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Sepp Blatter: Gianni Infantino has shown me no respect

• Disgraced former Fifa president turns on his successor
• 80-year-old says Infantino has not returned his calls

Sepp Blatter says his successor Gianni Infantino has shown him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

The disgraced former Fifa president lost his Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) appeal on Monday against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to hit world football’s governing body.

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Sepp Blatter: Gianni Infantino has shown me no respect

• Disgraced former Fifa president turns on his successor
• 80-year-old says Infantino has not returned his calls

Sepp Blatter says his successor Gianni Infantino has shown him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

The disgraced former Fifa president lost his Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) appeal on Monday against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to hit world football’s governing body.

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Sepp Blatter ban upheld by court of arbitration for sport – video

Sepp Blatter’s six-year ban from football is upheld by the court of arbitration for sport in Switzerland on Monday. General secretary for the court Matthieu Reeb announces that the court doubted Blatter’s explanation of a cash gift to Michel Platini, who was a Fifa vice-president in 2011, saying it represented an ‘undue gift’. Blatter must also pay a fine of 50,000 Swiss Francs

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Sepp Blatter loses his appeal against six-year ban from football

• Disgraced former Fifa president loses case in court of arbitration for sport
• Decision ‘difficult’ to accept, says 80-year-old after no reduction in suspension

Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the court of arbitration for sport against a six-year ban from football.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.

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Sepp Blatter loses his appeal against six-year ban from football

• Disgraced former Fifa president loses case in court of arbitration for sport
• Decision ‘difficult’ to accept, says 80-year-old after no reduction in suspension

Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the court of arbitration for sport against a six-year ban from football.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.

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Fifa opens corruption case against Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke

• Former secretary-general Markus Kattner also part of investigation
• Ethics committee begins formal proceedings against trio

The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing another corruption investigation after the ethics committee of world football’s governing body announced it was opening proceedings against him and his key lieutenants Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner.

The committee’s investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of Fifa’s rule book that relate to bribery, conflicts of interest and general conduct, while Kattner faces a further charge related to a breach of confidentiality.

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Sepp Blatter says he will accept Cas verdict of appeal hearing against ban

• Former Fifa president at Cas hearing on Thursday to contest six-year ban
• ‘My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, wasn’t optimistic’

The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would accept the verdict of his appeal against his six-year ban from football as he arrived for the hearing on Thursday.

The disgraced former president appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the court of arbitration for sport, to appeal against his ban. The 80-year-old, who led the game’s world global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the then Uefa president, Michel Platini.

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Sepp Blatter says he will accept Cas verdict of appeal hearing against ban

• Former Fifa president at Cas hearing on Thursday to contest six-year ban
• ‘My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, wasn’t optimistic’

The former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would accept the verdict of his appeal against his six-year ban from football as he arrived for the hearing on Thursday.

The disgraced former president appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the court of arbitration for sport, to appeal against his ban. The 80-year-old, who led the game’s world global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the then Uefa president, Michel Platini.

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Sepp Blatter to challenge six-year ban from football at Cas on 25 August

• 80-year-old handed date for court of arbitration for sport hearing
• Blatter and Michel Platini both banned over £1.35m payment

Sepp Blatter will challenge his six-year ban from football at the court of arbitration for sport on 25 August.

Blatter and the then Uefa president Michel Platini were originally handed eight-year bans by Fifa’s ethics committee in December for a £1.35m payment that Blatter, the former head of Fifa, made to his close ally in 2011.

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