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UN reviewing FIFA partnerships amid corruption scandal

UN reviewing FIFA partnerships amid corruption scandal; says all have been pro bono ones
The Associated Press

The United Nations says it is reviewing its partnerships with FIFA and monitoring "very carefully" the large bribery and corruption scandal that has exploded around soccer's world governing body.

The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general told reporters Thursday that the U.N. has not been contacted in any way related to the U.S. and Swiss federal investigations.

Stephane Dujarric says the U.N. has had a number of one-time partnerships with FIFA and that all have been pro bono. He says the U.N. does not have an exclusive partnership with the organization.

Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips 3rd public appearance

FIFA president Blatter calls crisis meeting of soccer leaders, skips 3rd public appearance
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself.

Blatter called together leaders of FIFA's regions as world soccer is rocked by an American federal racketeering case.

"There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement.

Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips 3rd public appearance

FIFA president Blatter calls crisis meeting of soccer leaders, skips 3rd public appearance
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself.

Blatter called together leaders of FIFA's regions as world soccer is rocked by an American federal racketeering case.

"There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement.

UEFA calls for postponement of FIFA elections

UEFA calls for postponement of FIFA elections, may boycott FIFA congress
The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - UEFA says the election scheduled Friday to elect FIFA's president should be postponed and that it will consider boycotting this week's FIFA congress following the arrests of soccer officials in Zurich.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says the corruption investigations into FIFA "tarnish the image of football as a whole" and said European football associations will debate on Thursday whether to boycott the Zurich congress.

CORRECTS: Swiss officials: 6 soccer officials arrested, suspected of getting, paying bribes

CORRECTS: Swiss officials: 6 soccer officials arrested, suspected of getting, paying bribes
The Associated Press

ZURICH - CORRECTS: Swiss officials: 6 soccer officials arrested, suspected of getting, paying bribes. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said 6 FIFA officials arrested as that was not specified by authorities)

Russia plans to use prison labour for 2018 World Cup

Russia plans to use prison labour to cut costs for the 2018 World Cup
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russian authorities are keen to use prison labour to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects.

Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of season

Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of EPL season; Allardyce exits West Ham
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Hull was relegated and Newcastle ensured its survival as the Premier League season ended with a series of farewells on Sunday.

The final relegation place was the main matter to be determined, with Hull joining Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the second tier in August after being held 0-0 by Manchester United.

It prolonged Hull manager Steve Bruce's forlorn record against United, having never won as a coach against the club he captained.

Colorado beats Vancouver to end 11-game home winless streak

Lucas Pittinari scores, Colorado beats Vancouver 1-0 to end 11-game home winless streak
The Associated Press

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Lucas Pittinari scored his first MLS goal and Colorado beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night to end the Rapids' 11-game home winless streak.

Colorado (2-2-7) won for the first time at home since July 25, 2014, against Chivas USA. Vancouver (6-5-2) lost consecutive matches for the first time this season.

"Should have got a draw," said Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted. "I felt the team showed character through a tough match.

"At the end we didn't get any points, so that's the most important thing and I'm disappointed."

Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

A hero not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari is out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil
Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press

SAO PAULO - Not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup.

But almost a year after the "catastrophic" loss to Germany on what he called the "worst day" of his career, Scolari still hasn't regained the trust of local fans.

Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

Prince Ali faces soccer's toughest match: trying to beat Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter.

Every threat to him has been seen off and a stranglehold on the seat of power in the world's most popular sport has been maintained since 1998.

Three men were vying to stop Blatter from winning a fifth term, but only one will now be on the ballot next Friday: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

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