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As lawyers took control at Fifa, Blatter became isolated

Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FifaA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended. The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate Fifa for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the ...

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Putin’s game

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala game opening match of the Night Hockey League new season in Sochi, Russia, on October 7 2015. – EPA/Alexey Nikolsky

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Kuwait threatened with Fifa ban

Kuwait, home to influential sports power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, has been threatened with a ban by Fifa because of government interference in the running of the local football association. World governing body Fifa has given the Kuwait Football Association until next week to avoid the implementation of a new set of sports laws that Fifa believes threaten the ...

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Oman rejects Israeli request for bodyguards

Israel has withdrawn from the world windsurfing championships in Oman this month after failing to agree with the sultanate on security arrangements for its athletes, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. An official with Israel’s Shin Bet security service said the trip to the October 17-24 regatta was cancelled after Oman declined to allow Israeli bodyguards to escort the athletes. ...

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Swiss target Blatter in criminal probe

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body Fifa, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday. It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of Fifa’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at the organisation’s headquarters on Friday. ...

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Football: Brazil court freezes Neymar assets worth US$47m

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian court on Friday (Sep 25) froze US$47 million (S$67 million) in assets belonging to football superstar Neymar over tax evasion allegations surrounding the Barcelona striker. Judge Carlos Muta wrote in a ruling that Neymar – who is facing fraud claims in a separate case in Spain – had been subjected to a “special fine” concerning alleged ...

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