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Lugano lifts spirits at West Brom as Everton miss out

Mohamed Bin Hammam claims Fifa 'conspiracy' against him

Mohamed Bin Hammam today claimed there was "increasing evidence of a conspiracy" to stop him running for FIFA president.

World Cup bid inquiry reveals possible rule breaches

An inquiry into claims by former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman of improper behaviour by four FIFA executive committee members during England's 2018 World Cup bid has found evidence of several possible rule breaches.

Sepp Blatter to face Fifa ethics committee

Sepp Blatter will appear before FIFA's ethics committee on Sunday to answer charges that he knew about alleged cash payments, the world governing body announced today.

Sepp Blatter 'shocked and saddened' by Mohamed Bin Hammam charges

Sepp Blatter has branded as "ludicrous" claims that bribery charges against Mohamed Bin Hammam are an attempt to smear his opponent for the FIFA presidency.

Sepp Blatter turns down request to give evidence

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has declined an invitation to give evidence about World Cup bidding allegations to a Parliamentary committee.

Re-run of 2022 World Cup vote a possibility says Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to rule out a re-run of the 2022 World Cup bid vote if bribery allegations are proven after announcing that the whistleblower at the centre of the claims has agreed to go to FIFA to give evidence in person.

FA to abstain in Fifa presidential election

The Football Association will abstain in next month's FIFA presidential election.

Sepp Blatter receives boost to Fifa presidency bid

Sepp Blatter's bid to be re-elected as FIFA president has been given a further boost after the Oceania confederation confirmed their support for him at next month's election.

Mohamed Bin Hammam criticises Sepp Blatter over $20m Interpol donation

FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam criticised Sepp Blatter today for donating $20 million to Interpol to help combat match-fixing, claiming the idea was never approved by FIFA's executive committee.

Football in Brief: Heskey in clear after tunnel fury

The Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey will face no disciplinary action in relation to his behaviour during Saturday's Premier League match with Wigan. The former England forward barged into referee Mike Jones during the first half at Villa Park and was cautioned.

Bin Hammam: I am not buying votes

Fifa presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam claims he is "well placed" in the contest against Sepp Blatter and has denied he is attempting to buy votes by increasing financial help for national associations.

Blatter wants to complete 'mission' at Fifa

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, says the world governing body needs his style of "continuous evolution" rather than the "revolution" proposed by rival candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Fifa 'revolution' would be disruptive claims Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter today insisted FIFA need "evolution not revolution" as he set out his manifesto for re-election as football's most powerful man.

Mohamed Bin Hammam is only challenger to Sepp Blatter

Mohamed Bin Hammam will be the only challenger for the FIFA presidency when incumbent Sepp Blatter stands for re-election on June 1, soccer's world governing body confirmed today.

British children 'ungracious losers'

Good sportsmanship was traditionally defined as being humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Now, ideals of fair play are being inverted on sports pitches countrywide, with children throwing tantrums, sulking and swearing when victory eludes them.

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