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Blatter rejects European council's call for FIFA election probeupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 11:02:00

Defiant FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told one of Europe's top political organizations not to interfere in the world football body's affairs after it called for a probe into his 2011 re-election.

Blatter reveals donation to families of Egypt victimsupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 14:04:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that world football's governing body will donate $250,000 to the families of those people killed in last week's football riots in Egypt.

Sepp Blatter talks racism in footballupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 14:24:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter talks to CNN's Pedro Pinto about racism in football.

Blatter: 'Racism controversy closed'updated: Wed Nov 23 2011 09:57:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter claimed on Wednesday he has apologized enough for remarks he made last week regarding on-field racism in football, with the Swiss saying he now considers the matter "closed."

Beckham: FIFA president's racism comments are 'not right'updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:41:00

Football superstar David Beckham has condemned controversial comments made by Sepp Blatter, who is refusing to stand down as FIFA president despite widespread criticism.

Sepp Blatter under pressure to step downupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 22:44:00

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association discusses calls for Sepp Blatter to step down from FIFA.

Campbell: Blatter comments make me sickupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 15:15:00

Former England football defender Sol Campbell says Blatter's race comments are 'unacceptable' and make him "sick."

Blatter has thrown soccer back 40 yearsupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 15:15:00

I think Sepp Blatter's comments on racism have thrown football back 40 years. He doesn't realize the ramifications of him saying those kind of things.

Twitter reacts angrily to Sepp Blatter's comments on racismupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 08:56:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN Wednesday that on-field racism was not a problem in football, remarks which caused a stir on the social-networking site Twitter.

Blatter: No deal with UEFA chief Platiniupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 11:16:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has denied reports that he plans to hand over power to UEFA chief Michel Platini before the end of his final four-year tenure as the head of world football's governing body.

Blatter: Rebuilding FIFA's reputationupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:54:00

CNN's Alex Thomas asks newly elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter about his plans for reform.

Blatter vows to restore FIFA's credibilityupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 15:06:00

Sepp Blatter has told CNN that his main aim in his fourth and final term as FIFA president is to restore the battered credibility of world football's governing body.

What crisis? Five Blatter highlightsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 05:01:00

"Connect the World" looks at five highlights from FIFA President Sepp Blatter's news conference.

Blatter tips Henry Kissinger for role on FIFA 'Solutions Committee'updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 17:22:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter could turn to former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger to help clean up soccer's world governing body.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: U.S. could benefit from a potential 2022 World Cup revote by FIFAupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 16:59:00

The e-mails and Twitter questions kept pouring in this week: Why was the U.S. Soccer Federation staying radio silent on the shenanigans at FIFA? Why didn't U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati take the moral high ground and publicly back England's call to postpone Wednesday's FIFA presidential election amid corruption investigations at world soccer's highest levels? And was the U.S. actually voting for incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter?

Blatter commits to 'change' after winning FIFA's presidential voteupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 19:56:00

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of soccer's world governing body and immediately vowed to put "FIFA's ship back on the right course in clear, transparent waters."

Social media criticizes Sepp Blatterupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 19:56:00

CNN's Digital Sport Producer, Ben Wyatt, shows the views of the social media users who openly criticized Sepp Blatter.

Bayern chief Rummenigge calls for 'drastic' change at FIFAupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 18:08:00

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, head of Bayern Munich and the European Club Association, has demanded "drastic change" at FIFA after the re-election of Sepp Blatter as president.

Ethics scandal hurts soccer, Visa and other sponsors warnupdated: Tue May 31 2011 15:16:00

Sponsors of international soccer including Visa, Coca-Cola and Adidas have warned that an ethics scandal at the highest levels of the sport is hurting the sport and needs to be fixed.

Blatter denies FIFA in crisis and will seek fourth term in chargeupdated: Tue May 31 2011 08:16:00

A defiant Sepp Blatter shrugged off allegations of corruption within FIFA Monday and said he would press ahead with his bid to be re-elected as president of football's world governing body for the fourth time.

FIFA's leadership crisisupdated: Mon May 30 2011 11:42:00

CNN's Patrick Snell discusses FIFA's bribery scandal.

FIFA suspends 2 officials, but clears president after ethics hearingupdated: Mon May 30 2011 03:48:00

FIFA's ethics committee Sunday suspended two men, one of whom had been the sole challenger to the association's president until earlier in the day.

Platini: FIFA must come back to footballupdated: Sat May 28 2011 12:42:00

Michel Platini has positioned himself for a future tilt at the FIFA presidency by claiming that world soccer's ruling body needs to be run by sporting specialists rather than administrators such as the incumbent Sepp Blatter.

FIFA includes Blatter in bribery probeupdated: Fri May 27 2011 15:13:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an investigation by world football's governing body after being included in a probe into bribery.

Bin Hammam: Include Blatter in FIFA corruption investigationupdated: Fri May 27 2011 05:41:00

FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam wants the current head of world football Sepp Blatter to be included in the organization's investigation into bribery.

Blatter won't rule out possibility of rerunning World Cup 2022 voteupdated: Thu May 19 2011 18:07:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has refused to rule out the possibility of rerunning the vote for the 2022 World Cup if bribery allegations surrounding the original ballot are proven.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: What happened when I ran for FIFA presidentupdated: Wed May 04 2011 11:22:00

On Feb. 17, Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl announced his candidacy for FIFA president, releasing his platform for change and his campaign video as the People's Choice to replace Sepp Blatter. Wahl had 43 days to be formally nominated by one of the world's 208 national federations before the final deadline: Friday at 6 p.m. ET. With the deadline about to hit, Wahl is ending his campaign. This is his inside story of what happened over the past six weeks.

FIFA chief Blatter sends best wishes to royal coupleupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 10:31:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has sent a best wishes message to Prince William and Kate Middleton ahead of the Royal Wedding Friday.

Bin Hammam sole Blatter rival in FIFA presidential electionsupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 12:05:00

Asian football chief Mohammed Bin Hammam will be Sepp Blatter's only opponent in the forthcoming FIFA presidential elections, the sport's governing body confirmed on Monday.

Chilean legend Figueroa pulls out of FIFA presidency raceupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 10:48:00

Chilean football legend Elias Figueroa will not be challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world football's governing body FIFA this year.

Blatter plans final term as Bin Hammam calls for changeupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 12:39:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he would step aside as the head of football's global governing body in 2015, if he wins the June 1 presidential ballot.

Blatter's new presidential rival Hammam vows to reform FIFAupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 08:13:00

Mohammed Bin Hammam has promised to reform FIFA's corruption-tainted top echelons if he is successful in ending the 13-year reign of its president Sepp Blatter in the June 1 elections.

Blatter: 2010 South Africa World Cup huge financial successupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 18:07:00

FIFA have confirmed they made $3.655 billion from the World Cup in South Africa, after the organization announced buoyant financial figures between 2007 and 2010.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: It's time to depose Blatter as FIFA's longtime leaderupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:23:00

Seppsis \sep´sis\ n The presence of toxins in FIFA, world soccer's governing body, under current president Sepp Blatter.

Sepp Blatter on 'wonderful' Messiupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 04:48:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter talks to Pedro Pinto about 2010 Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

Controversial World Cup hosts explainedupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 07:11:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter talks about the 2018/22 World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar.

Blatter creates rift with winter 2022 World Cup ideaupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 07:11:00

There are signs of a rift within the elite of world football over the timing of the 2022 World Cup after Sepp Blatter, the head of world football's governing body FIFA, said that it would be unfair for the finals in Qatar to be played in the heat of the region's summer season.

Blatter hails La Liga as 'best in the world'updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 12:35:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes Spain's La Liga is the best football league in the world, and claims that England's top division can learn from it.

Blatter expects winter switch for 2022 World Cup in Qatarupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 09:33:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held in the winter to avoid the searing heat in the region in the summer.

Blatter blames domestic leagues for international conflictsupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 11:37:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called for a reduction in the size of domestic competitions in order to improve the standard of international football.

Blatter apologizes for Qatar World Cup gay remarksupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:16:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologized for his remarks about gay fans attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA chief on Qatar's gay stanceupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 20:46:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says gay soccer fans should 'refrain from sexual activities' if they go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA chief causes anger with Qatar gay sex commentsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 20:46:00

Gay basketball star John Amaechi has criticized the head of soccer's ruling body for his comments about homosexuals planning to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

SI.com: Ann Killion: Human rights? Women? Heat? FIFA didn't look at issues with Qatarupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 12:09:00

In the days since FIFA's baffling decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar there has been a lot of talk about adjusting the timetable because of the oppressive heat.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: FIFA's choices of Russia and Qatar show its desire to leave a legacyupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 14:53:00

Angry about the World Cup host vote? Can't understand how Russia and Qatar -- despite generally substandard technical reports filed by FIFA itself -- are getting to host the biggest sporting event in the universe in 2018 and 2022, respectively?

Blatter: No damage to England 2018 World Cup bidupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 13:41:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup has not been harmed by allegations of corruption that resulted in the suspension of two executive committee members on Thursday.

Blatter: Football can unite Koreaupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 07:37:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised South Korea's bid to host the 2022 World Cup on Monday and said that the sport had the power to unite the divided northern and southern halves of the country.

FIFA to probe reports of punishment of North Korean players and coachupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 01:11:00

Football's ruling body is investigating reports that North Korea's national team and head coach were humiliated by government officials following a disastrous showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Blatter relents over goal-line technology; apology to England, Mexicoupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:04:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has done a U-turn over the use of goal-line technology and apologized to the English and Mexican football associations for controversial refereeing decisions in their last 16 defeats.

Time for football to embrace technology?updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 11:09:00

Forget the troublesome flight of the Jabulani ball or the impact of playing at altitude, this World Cup looks likely to be dominated by one issue: FIFA's refusal to use video technology during matches.

Blatter in favor of 'accurate' technologyupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 09:29:00

Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body FIFA, has exclusively told CNN that he would be in favor of introducing goal line technology into the game if the system used was "accurate and non-complicated."

Blatter slams English clubs over debtupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 14:29:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized English Premier League football clubs for running up mountains of debt and overpaying their players.

Blatter slams English football debtupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 14:29:00

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter tells CNN's Pedro Pinto that English football clubs need to stop overpaying their players.

Ask FIFA boss Sepp Blatter your questionsupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 08:42:00

Why is goal line technology not used by football? Is Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup a step in the right direction? Are the world's best players being asked to compete in too many global competitions? These are just some of the issues that may be puzzling you about the beautiful game.

Blatter hints at 2018 World Cup in Europeupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 13:31:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given a strong indication that the 2018 World Cup will be staged in Europe after he revealed a consensus of opinion among the governing body's members favors the move.

Henry faces FIFA rap over handballupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:57:00

Thierry Henry could face FIFA disciplinary action over his handball which helped France to qualify for the finals of the 2010 World Cup at the expense of Ireland.

Blatter: Ireland asked for 2010 spotupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 06:16:00

World governing body FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) asked to be included in the World Cup finals as an extra team following the Republic of Ireland's controversial play-off exit to France.

Blatter slates clubs for absent U-20 playersupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 14:56:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticized the leading clubs in Europe for not allowing eligible players to feature for their country at the current Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Blatter welcomes UK report backing quotasupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 12:41:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the backing of British politicians in his quest to force professional clubs worldwide to name at least six home-grown players in their line-up is a major boost.

'Let Ronaldo go' says FIFA chief Blatterupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 15:52:00

Cristiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave European champions Manchester United for Real Madrid if he wants, says FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

FIFA thumbs down for '39th game'updated: Fri Mar 14 2008 17:47:00

The Premier League's plan for an extra round of overseas matches was given a unanimous thumbs down by FIFA's executive committee on Friday.

Blatter slams Premier League plansupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 12:42:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has condemned the Premier League's plans to play matches overseas and even hinted it could harm England's bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Blatter questions need for Capelloupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 12:16:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticized the English FA for appointing another foreign coach to run the national team -- on the day Italian Fabio Capello officially took charge.

FIFA receives Benelux bid for Cup updated: Wed Nov 14 2007 14:35:00

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has welcomed a joint bid by Belgium and the Netherlands to host the 2018 World Cup finals, according to the Dutch Football Federation president.

Time.com: Soccer Tackles Foreign Playersupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 13:00:00

If FIFA's President Sepp Blatter gets his way, a quota limiting the number of foreign players on European clubs will be imposed

Blatter wants foreign players limitupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 15:47:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to reintroduce limits on foreigners playing in national leagues, a move which amounts to a direct challenge to European Union authorities and would likely prove unpopular with leading clubs.

SI.com: World Soccer: FIFA president Blatter dishes on the state of the gameupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 04:12:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was recently elected to a third term as international soccer's top executive when he ran unopposed. The 71-year-old Swiss sat down to chat with World Soccer's Keir Radnedge about the future of the game, the race to host the World Cup, racism in the sport and much more.

Blatter unopposed for a third termupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 09:54:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be unchallenged when he stands for re-election on May 31, world football's governing body said on Monday.

Blatter: Europe may not stage 2018updated: Wed Feb 28 2007 09:11:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday that the 2018 World Cup finals could be held in North America or Asia, rather than Europe.

Blatter wants football season moveupdated: Mon Dec 04 2006 09:42:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has proposed ending the traditional summer break in European club football and moving the season to a February to November schedule.

Spike Lee full of praise for FIFAupdated: Thu Jul 06 2006 08:42:00

American film director Spike Lee has praised FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the federation's moves to eliminate racism from the game.

Voice of football never out of spotlightupdated: Tue Jul 04 2006 12:54:00

As president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter holds the most powerful job in world football, in charge of more member nations than comprise the United Nations.

Q & A with FIFA boss Sepp Blatterupdated: Tue Jul 04 2006 10:20:00

Sepp Blatter, president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), answers questions from you.

Blatter flags yellow card changes updated: Tue Jul 04 2006 10:11:00

Players are likely to be suspended from playing in future World Cups after receiving three yellow cards in a round and not two as happens now, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

Blatter wants 16-team top leaguesupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 13:22:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes top national leagues should be cut to 16 teams to give players more rest.

Blatter rejects Cup safety fearsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 07:04:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected concerns over stadium safety at this year's World Cup finals in Germany and vowed that everything will be ready for kick-off on June 9.

Blatter suggests scrapping anthemsupdated: Tue Nov 22 2005 05:49:00

FIFA could consider scrapping the playing of national anthems before international matches, said president Sepp Blatter in Zurich.

Beckenbauer supports restrictionsupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 11:53:00

German legend Franz Beckenbauer said on Thursday that he supports foreign player restrictions suggested by Joseph Blatter, head of the ruling body FIFA.

UEFA chief's remarks anger womenupdated: Fri Jun 17 2005 13:11:00

European football chief Lennart Johansson has drawn fierce criticism for his remarks about women's football.

FIFA endorses goal line technologyupdated: Sat Feb 26 2005 08:27:00

Microchip technology is to be used in football for the first time to decide whether the ball has crossed the line, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Saturday.

Race 'walk off' backed by Blatterupdated: Sun Nov 21 2004 11:29:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter spelt out his determination to stamp out racism in the game when he said on Sunday that he would even have backed England players if they had walked off in the face of a torrent of racist abuse in a friendly against Spain.

Blatter would give draws the bootupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 10:30:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has proposed scrapping draws in soccer matches, saying in an interview in Germany that "every game should have a winner".

Friendly substitutions stop at sixupdated: Sat Feb 28 2004 08:51:00

A maximum of six substitutes will be allowed in international friendly matches from next season, soccer's rule-making International Board said on Saturday.

Blatter: Football is more than a businessupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 13:08:00

(CNN) FIFA president Sepp Blatter vowed to tackle drug use in the sport and said it was time to restore "respect and discipline" to football as the sport's world governing body marks its centenary.

Blatter pledges to tackle drug useupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 06:17:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN he was "surprised" by the growing number of players testing for banned substances, but said world football's governing body would soon approve new guidelines on drug use.

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