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Kremlin says 'old friend' Blatter welcome to attend World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-UEFA head Michel Platini will both be welcome to attend the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia as "old friends" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

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Soccer: Valcke denies receiving 'undue advantages' from Al-Khelaifi

PARIS (Reuters) - Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has denied receiving "undue advantages" from Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media and president of Paris St Germain, after Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation.

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Swiss open World Cup criminal probe into ex-FIFA official Valcke and Qatar businessman

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Jerome Valcke, the banned former FIFA secretary general, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media, over World Cup broadcasting deals.

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Swiss open World Cup criminal probe into former FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors said on Thursday they had opened a criminal investigation into former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media, focused on corruption linked to World Cup broadcasting rights.

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P.S.G.’s Al-Khelaifi Accused of Bribing Ex-FIFA Chief Valcke

Al-Khelaifi, the Paris St.-Germain chairman, was accused by the Swiss authorities of bribing Valcke, the former FIFA executive, to win World Cup soccer contracts.

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Swiss open criminal case against former FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.

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Former FIFA Official’s Testimony Could Raise New Ethics Questions

An ex-chairman of the soccer body’s governance committee who accused top officials of improperly pressuring him may offer details at a hearing in Britain this week.

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FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies

(Reuters) - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, who had pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering has passed away, his lawyers said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Blatter plans to visit soccer World Cup in Russia

ZURICH (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to Russia when the country hosts the soccer World Cup in 2018, he told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.

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Blatter did not speak to U.S. investigators, lawyer says

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has not spoken to United States prosecutors in Switzerland, his U.S.-based lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Fallen FIFA boss Blatter says met U.S. Justice officials, but is not a suspect

ZURICH (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday he had met lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department but was not a suspect in their corruption investigations.

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South Korea's Chung finally launches CAS appeal over FIFA ban

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chung Mong-joon is taking his fight against a lengthy ban from soccer to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as part of a decades-long battle to reform the game's governing body, the former FIFA vice president said on Thursday.

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Former administrator Chung to appeal FIFA ban: report

(Reuters) - Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the South Korean's five-year ban from all football-related activities, according to Yonhap News Agency.

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Soccer: Former UEFA chief Platini lashes out at Blatter

PARIS (Reuters) - Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini has criticized former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, saying the Swiss who led soccer's world body for 17 years was determined to make him "his last scalp".

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Former FIFA Secretary General Valcke appeals 10-year soccer ban

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has appealed against his 10-year ban from all soccer related activities, the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.

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Disrespectful Infantino won't answer my calls: Blatter

LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says successor Gianni Infantino has showed him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

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Ex-Nicaraguan soccer official pleads guilty in U.S. bribery case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former FIFA official from Nicaragua who was responsible for overseeing the soccer governing body's development efforts in Central America pleaded guilty on Wednesday to U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery investigation.

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Court of Arbitration for Sport maintains ban for ex-FIFA head Blatter

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday maintained a six-year ban from soccer for former FIFA president Sepp Blatter amid corruption allegations, a spokesman for Blatter said.

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Swiss authorities carry out fresh house searches in FIFA case

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities searched more houses as part of its criminal investigation into suspected corruption in world soccer and have added former FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi to its list of suspects, they said.

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Prince Ali says FIFA needs to speed up reforms

AMMAN (Reuters) - Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organization.

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Soccer: Prince Ali criticizes FIFA for disbanding anti-racism task force

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has criticized that FIFA's decision to wind up its anti-racism task force as worrying and shameful.

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Blatter and two others facing FIFA investigation over salaries

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke, already banned from football for ethics violations, are facing a fresh investigation, this time over the salaries and bonuses they received in office.

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Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer.

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Former FIFA president dies at 100

Former FIFA President João Havelange, who oversaw unprecedented growth in soccer's governing body before succumbing to scandal, has died, according to Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro. He was 100 years old.

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Brazil's former FIFA soccer boss Havelange, 100, dies in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Joao Havelange, the former president of FIFA, died in Rio de Janeiro's Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday, the hospital said, without giving further details until authorized by his family.

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Fifa's ex-president Blatter's appeal against ban to be heard on August 25

(Reuters) - An appeal by former Fifa president Sepp Blatter against a six-year ban from all soccer-related activities for ethics violations will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 25, CAS said on its website on Friday.

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FIFA says three top officials enriched themselves with salary increases

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a "coordinated attempt" to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer's governing body said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Nicaraguan ex-FIFA official pleads not guilty in U.S. bribery case

NEW YORK/ZURICH, May 18 (Reuters) - A former FIFA official from Nicaragua who was responsible for overseeing the soccer governing body's development efforts in Central America pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery investigation.

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Nicaraguan former soccer official extradited to U.S. to face bribe case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former FIFA official from Nicaragua who was responsible for overseeing the soccer governing body's development efforts in Central America has been extradited from Switzerland to face U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery probe.

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FIFA ethics committee opens proceedings against CONCACAF's Webb

ZURICH (Reuters) - The ethics arm of world soccer's governing body has opened formal proceedings against former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, it said on Wednesday.

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Platini appeal against six year ban heard at CAS

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini's appeal against his six-year ban football was being heard at sport's highest tribunal on Friday with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses.

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Soccer-Platini appeal against six year ban heard at CAS

LAUSANNE, April 29 (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini's appeal against his six-year ban from soccer was being heard at sport's highest tribunal on Friday with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses.

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Sepp Blatter: 'I will come back'

Sepp Blatter may be exiled from football but the former FIFA president says his phone hasn't stopped ringing since he was deposed as the leader of the game's global governing body.

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Blatter says he tried to act as intermediary in Burundi crisis

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter offered Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassadorial role with the soccer body last year in exchange for dropping controversial plans to run for a third term, according to a book about Blatter released on Thursday.

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Defiant Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA

BASEL (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organization but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organizations.

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Former FIFA official Takkas extradited to U.S. -Swiss judiciary

ZURICH (Reuters) - Costas Takkas, former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association, was extradited from Switzerland to the United States on Tuesday as part of a crackdown on alleged corruption in soccer, Swiss judicial authorities said.

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Soccer-Blatter appeals against six-year ban

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lodged an appeal against his six-year ban from soccer for ethics violations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Thursday.

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French soccer body's office searched in Blatter investigation

ZURICH (Reuters) - Authorities searched the offices of France's soccer federation and seized documents in support of a Swiss investigation into former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Wednesday.

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French soccer body's offices searched, documents seized in Blatter investigation

ZURICH (Reuters) - Authorities searched the offices of France's soccer federation and seized documents in support of a Swiss investigation into former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Wednesday.

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Beckenbauer says unaware of money to Qatari firm

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former organizing chief Franz Beckenbauer denied any wrongdoing on Saturday in an affair involving the 2006 World Cup in Germany and said he knew nothing of a multi-million payment to a disgraced former FIFA official in Qatar.

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Former FIFA watchdog member Watson jailed for seven years

MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of world soccer body FIFA’s financial watchdog has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the Cayman Islands after being found guilty of fraud, his lawyer said.

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In soccer probe, Figueredo hopes to cooperate with Uruguay to avoid U.S. extradition

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo is willing to collaborate with the judiciary of his native Uruguay in its investigation into corruption in soccer in order to avoid his extradition to the United States, his lawyer said on Thursday.

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Zen Ruffinen asked to stand for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA secretary-general Michel Zen Ruffinen has been asked to stand for the presidency of soccer's governing body and is studying the situation, he said on Monday.

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Former FIFA executive committee member Makudi suspended for 90 days

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi has been suspended for 90 days pending a full investigation, the Ethics Committee of soccer's governing body said on Monday.

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Former FIFA powerbroker Warner banned for life

ZURICH (Reuters) - Trinidadian Jack Warner, once one of the most powerful men in soccer, has been banned from all football-related activities for life, the ethics committee of world governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.

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Swiss Open Criminal Proceedings Against FIFA’s Blatter

The case involves a contract Blatter is said to have signed that assigned valuable World Cup television rights to the control of an indicted former FIFA official, Jack Warner.

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U.S. asks Swiss to extradite Nicaraguan in FIFA case

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Switzerland to give priority to a U.S. request to extradite former FIFA official Julio Rocha in preference to a subsequent request from his native Nicaragua, the Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.

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Nicaragua charges ex-FIFA official Rocha, seeks extradition

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaragua has charged former FIFA Development Officer Julio Rocha with money laundering and embezzlement, the country's attorney general, Julia Guido, said on Monday, and is seeking his extradition.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. hopeful more FIFA defendants will be extradited soon

NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are hopeful that more of the former FIFA officials and marketing executives who were indicted in May on bribery and corruption charges could soon be extradited to New York, a prosecutor said on Friday.

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U.S. says hopeful more FIFA defendants will be extradited soon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are hopeful that more of the former FIFA officials and marketing executives who were indicted in May on bribery and corruption charges could soon be extradited to face the charges in New York, a prosecutor said on Friday.

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Ex-FIFA official Warner to seek judicial review, may delay extradition

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner's lawyers plan to file for judicial review against the government of Trinidad and Tobago claiming political bias in the move to extradite him to the United States.

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Trinidad receives extradition papers for Warner

PORT OF SPAIN, (Reuters) - The official documents from the United States government requesting the extradition of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner have been received by Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General Garvin Nicholas.

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Ex-FIFA VP: I'm not guilty

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty Saturday to federal racketeering and bribery charges in connection with a massive corruption scandal.

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FIFA hires crisis consultants as first official extradited to U.S

ZURICH/MIAMI (Reuters) - Swiss authorities extradited to the United States the first of seven current and former FIFA officials arrested in a corruption investigation while world soccer's governing body hired a New York-based crisis communications firm to help handle multinational probes and try to restore its tarnished image.

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Warner case adjourned with no extradition writ from U.S. yet

PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - The United States has yet to issue a formal writ of extradition for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, whose case was adjourned on Thursday until July 27, lawyers in the case said on Thursday.

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FIFA's ethics committee bans Chuck Blazer from soccer for life

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was banned for life from all soccer activities on Thursday by the sport's governing body, which is engulfed in a scandal over alleged corruption.

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U.S. makes public ex-FIFA official Blazer's 2013 plea agreement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Monday made public their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, revealing that the former FIFA executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt.

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U.S. makes public ex-FIFA executive's 2013 plea agreement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Monday made public a copy of their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member at the center of a broad corruption investigation of soccer's global governing body.

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Judge orders Blazer's plea agreement unsealed

(Reuters) - The U.S. judge presiding over the corruption cases of indicted soccer officials has ordered prosecutors to unseal the plea agreement between former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer and the U.S. government.

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U.S. declines comment on ex-FIFA chief and Haiti earthquake funds

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States declined comment on Tuesday over whether it has investigated former FIFA president Jack Warner about the disappearance of money he raised for the Haiti earthquake.

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At Center of FIFA Scandal, a Divisive Politician in Jack Warner

Warner, a former FIFA official who is accused of racketeering, is a polarizing populist in Trinidad and Tobago whose life has come to resemble Shakespearean theater.

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Blazer: I took bribes in Cup bids

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday released a transcript of investigators' 2013 interview with Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member and a key player in the ongoing corruption investigation into international soccer's governing body.

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WRAPUP 4-Interpol puts two ex-FIFA officials on "red notice" wanted list

ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) - Interpol put two top former FIFA officials on its "red notice" wanted list at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday as their investigation into corruption at soccer's governing body gathered pace.

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WRAPUP 3-Interpol puts two ex-FIFA officials on "red notice" wanted list

ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) - Interpol put two top former FIFA officials on its "red notice" wanted list at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday as their investigation into corruption at soccer's governing body gathered pace.

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Ex-FIFA official cites The Onion as defense

An embattled former FIFA official has scored a spectacular public relations own-goal by citing an article by satirical news outlet The Onion in an attempt to counter criminal charges against him.

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Accused ex-soccer official cites newspaper spoof in FIFA's defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former FIFA executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by U.S. authorities against world soccer officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year's World Cup if it dislikes soccer's governing body so much.

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FIFA should be Swiss-regulated, says one-time reformer Pieth

ZURICH (Reuters) - A former FIFA reformer told Swiss radio on Friday that soccer's world governing body should be regulated by Switzerland, after seven senior soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on U.S. corruption charges and now face extradition.

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Accused former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, leaves jail in Trinidad: media

PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - Accused former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance, according to local media.

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Former FIFA VP Jack Warner surrenders: LA Times

(Reuters) - Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner surrendered after being accused on corruption charges, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a spokeswoman for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

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Rio politicians want Havelange stadium renamed

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro politicians presented a bill on Wednesday requesting that the name of former FIFA president Joao Havelange be removed from the city's Olympic stadium.

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Trinidad's national security minister, ex-FIFA official Warner quits: official

MIAMI (Reuters) - Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner resigned as Trinidad and Tobago's national security minister on Sunday, two days after an investigation accused him of "fraudulent" management of the CONCACAF soccer confederation, the prime minister's office said.

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Trinidad's national security minister, ex-FIFA official Warner quits -official

MIAMI, April 21 (Reuters) - Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner resigned as Trinidad and Tobago's national security minister on Sunday, two days after an investigation accused him of "fraudulent" management of the CONCACAF soccer confederation, the prime minister's office said.

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Overhaul needed to stop talent drain, says Champagne

ZURICH (Reuters) - Football has reached the point where it must choose between becoming an elitist sport, dominated by a handful of rich clubs and leagues, or a universal one, according to former FIFA presidential advisor Jerome Champagne.