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Israel defends arrest of Palestine football player

FIFA president Sepp Blatter Credit: Reuters

Israel has defended its decision to arrest a Palestine footballer after claiming he is linked to Islamist militants.

Sameh Fares Mohammad is accused of plotting to "harm the state of Israel and its citizens", Israeli Sports Minister Limor Livnat wrote in a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Livnat said Mohammad met a member of Hamas in Qatar, whom Israel had freed in a prisoner swap, and received money, a mobile phone and notes to pass to the militant group.

The Palestine Football Association has been lobbying FIFA over Mohammad's arrest in April and the clampdown on the movement of Palestinian players and officials in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

More: Pope urges 'undaunted' Israel-Palestine peace talks

Lord Triesman: Fifa like a 'mafia family'

Former Football Association Chairman, David Triesman.
Former Football Association Chairman, David Triesman. Credit: Sang Tan/PA Archive

The world governing body of football acts like a "mafia family", the former chairman of the Football Association said today.

Lord Triesman, who was the initial chairman of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, has previously claimed four Fifa members sought bribes in return for votes.

In the light of recent media allegations of corruption in Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup, Lord Triesman said Fifa president Sepp Blatter's attempts to dismiss the issue were a tactic that would have been approved by movie Godfather Don Corleone.

"Fifa, I'm afraid, behaves like a mafia family. It has a decades-long tradition of bribes, bungs and corruption," Lord Triesman said.

"Systematic corruption underpinned by non-existent investigations where most of the accused are exempt from the investigation make it impossible to proceed.

"Foreign construction workers dying in their dozens in Qatar stadium construction sites are essentially ignored."

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Greg Dyke 'annoyed' by Sepp Blatter racism allegations

FA chairman Greg Dyke said he was "annoyed" by claims made by Fifa President Sepp Blatter that the British media was racist following allegations of corruption.

He said: "I was deeply upset at the allegations yesterday from Mr Blatter about the British media was somehow racist. I got annoyed by it.

"It's nothing to do with racism at all, so I just pointed that out."

Speaking to ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, Mr Dyke added: "I think a lot of Uefa members feel that Fifa has a bad reputation, and as a result something needs to be done about that. It's hard to do that while Mr Blatter is there."

Read: Uefa leaders urge Sepp Blatter not to re-run for Fifa presidency

Greg Dyke 'upset' over Blatter British media racist claim

Greg Dyke has told ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft that he is 'deeply upset' over the Fifa president Sepp Blatter's claim that the British media is racist

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Greg Dyke tells me he is "deeply upset" at Sepp Blatter's allegations that the british media is racist. #itvnews

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Dyke: FIFA always thinks the media is the problem not the allegations. I don't think they'll be able to continue doing that. #itvnews

Read: Uefa leaders urge Sepp Blatter not to re-run for Fifa presidency

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Greg Dyke 'deeply troubled' by Blatter's Qatar response

The chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, has launched an attack on Fifa president Sepp Blatter after he criticised the British press for publishing claims of corruption in Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid.

FA chairman Greg Dyke. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Speaking at a meeting between Blatter and the executive committee of European football's governing body, Uefa, Mr Dyke said: "Many of us are deeply troubled by your reaction (to the Qatar corruption allegations). It is time to stop attacking the messenger and consider the message."

His fellow FA executive David Gill also said Mr Blatter's suggestion of "racism" in the British press was "totally unacceptable".

Read: Uefa leaders urge Sepp Blatter not to re-run for Fifa presidency

FA vice-chair David Gill 'walks out of Blatter meeting'

FA vice-chairman David Gill walked out of a meeting with Sepp Blatter after calling on the Fifa president to leave office next year, Sky News reports.

The Guardian also reports that Mr Gill hit out at Mr Blatter's suggestion yesterday that the British press had tried to undermine Fifa because of "racism".

Former Manchester United chief executive Mr Gill apparently called the remarks "totally unacceptable".

Uefa chiefs urge Sepp Blatter not to run in 2015

European football chiefs have urged the head of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, not to run for re-election as president.

The Uefa executive is instead urging the 78-year-old to leave office next year.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Uefa executive member Michael van Praag said Fifa had become linked to "corruption and bribery and all kinds of old boy's network", the Associated Press reports.

It follows recent allegations about corruption in Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Read: Major sponsors 'urge Fifa to investigate Qatar 2022 bid'

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