Sepp Blatter
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter backed calls from the European Union urging Qatar to stop companies from abusing migrant workers involved in construction for the 2022 World Cup.

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Francis is presented with a jersey reading his name during a meeting with FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter, left, at the Vatican Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. "We spoke the same language and it was language of football," Blatter said during a press conference following the meeting, ' It was really a meeting between two sportsmen and two football fans."
    LAST UPDATE : Nov 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EST
  • Members of the union UNIA demonstrate in front of the FIFA headquarters against the working conditions for the soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been pushing for a switch but will likely meet opposition from Europe and the United States. They want FIFA to consult widely before agreeing to a change from the usual Ju

    FIFA leaders agreed to set up a working group to study switching the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid the extreme summer heat.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 04, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as President of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub (unseen) listens on, during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 7, 2013. Blatter is on a four-day-official visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel and neighboring Jordan during which he will notably launch football turf fields.

    FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditional summer dates.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 03, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT
  • FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter speaks during AFC conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Thurday, May 2, 2013. Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain won a landslide victory to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation on Thursday, replacing longtime rival Mohamed bin Hammam. A half hour later, he also won the vote for the vacant seat on FIFA's executive committee, inflicting defeat on Qatar World Cup organizing chief Hassan Al Thawadi, taking 28 votes against 18 for his rival. Bla

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will protest to Italian soccer authorities over a decision to only fine Roma the equivalent of $65,000 after their fans racially abused AC Milan players.

    LAST UPDATE : May 14, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT
  • FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, left, symbolically launches the construction work for the new FIFA museum in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, April 25, 2013. FIFA says its US dollar 200 million museum will now be created downtown in its home city of Zurich. Construction work has started in the Enge district and the museum is scheduled to open in April or May 2015.

    Blatter's predecessor as FIFA president, Joao Havelange, was forced to step down as honorary president because of his involvement in the case.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 30, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT
  • AC Milan's German-born Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng (L) listens to FIFA president President Sepp Blatter after a meeting at the Home of FIFA on March 22, 2013 in Zurich. In a January friendly against Pro Patria, Boateng and two other black teammates suffered racist abuse from a small group of fans of the side from Busto Arsizio outside Milan. Boateng took offence and walked off the pitch, followed by his entire team. Blatter has raised concerns about players taking matters into their own hand

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has softened his proposal that clubs be punished with relegation after racist abuse, suggesting fans would deliberately provoke abuse.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 05, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT
  • Soccer struggles to control match-fixing as billions flow into the pockets of organized crime

    Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world's most popular sport.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 12, 2013, 2:53 PM EST