UK-based sports reporter for The Associated Press, covering news, off-field issues, finances & live action. Broadcast appearances too. Previously general news

Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

bigstory.ap.org — HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there "must be some sanctions" if the extremism is not eradicated.

FIFA wary on video tech, calling it 'biggest decision ever'

bigstory.ap.org — HOLYROOD, Northern Ireland (AP) - There is no prospect of referees being allowed to defer to video replays soon, with soccer's rule-makers saying more information on the technology is required before in-game trials can go ahead.

Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

washingtontimes.com — HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England.

Scale of discrimination in Russian soccer is a threat to World Cup visitors, report says

winnipegfreepress.com — LONDON - Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a report provided to The Associated Press reveals.

Associated Press

hosted2.ap.org — FILE - In this June 10, 2012, file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie walks from the pitch after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. UEFA said it is investigating reports by anti-racism experts of abuse directed at the Czech players during Russia's 4-1 victory.

Associated Press

hosted2.ap.org — FILE - In this June 10, 2012, file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie walks from the pitch after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. UEFA said it is investigating reports by anti-racism experts of abuse directed at the Czech players during Russia's 4-1 victory.

Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

bigstory.ap.org — HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18. Blatter's comments come after a FIFA task force this week recommended moving the tournament to November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar.

The Orange County Register

Associated Press

hosted2.ap.org — FILE - In this June 10, 2012, file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie walks from the pitch after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. UEFA said it is investigating reports by anti-racism experts of abuse directed at the Czech players during Russia's 4-1 victory.
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Mar 01, 2015

@terrybaddoo @SkyNews @BBCSport @piersmorgan many ex-players and journos have been vocal against Blatter - would need impartial moderator

Mar 01, 2015

@MartinLipton Might have been a quicker route to the Nobel prize for Sepp

Mar 01, 2015

@MartinLipton Sepp was at Stormont on Friday night for the IFAB dinner ... and lesson in power sharing

Mar 01, 2015

@MartinLipton I'm not trying to defend the debate - it's the BBC & Sky plan!

Mar 01, 2015

@MartinLipton indeed not - but Blatter has been saying for a few years that FIFA need to communicate better with fans and public ...

Mar 01, 2015

@tuwituwo Sky News like the BBC broadcasts globally. They'd also show on Facebook

Mar 01, 2015

@MartinLipton They could empty chair Blatter ... (in a debate Blatter would be livelier than his rivals I think)

Mar 01, 2015

Broadcasters Sky & BBC propose FIFA election debate to Blatter & 3 rivals. FA offers to host at Wembley. Full story: m.apnews.com/ap/db_307134/c…

Mar 01, 2015

@Masters_JamesD with 4 candidates, easier to empty chair him. Though that prospect not raised by broadcasters yet

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