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British Fifa exec 'called for Beckenbauer to face sanction'

A British representative on the Fifa Executive Committee, Jim Boyce, was the first person to call for Franz Beckenbauer to face sanctions, according to reports.

Associated Press sports reporter Rob Harris reports:

Beckenbauer 'banned' from all football for 90 days

German world-cup winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been banned for 90 days from "all football activity" by Fifa, according to Reuters.

Beckenbauer has been provisionally banned by football's governing body over a failure to "cooperate with an ethics committee investigation despite repeated requests" during the probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bids, Associated Press sports reported Rob Harris has reported.


Fifa president proposes challenge system in football

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested having a decision review system. Credit: Reuters

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has proposed a new challenge system where football managers could appeal two decisions in a game.

Mr Blatter said he has spoken to ex-players and coaches about having a new rule which would be similar to the Decision Review System in cricket.

He said: "When you are looking at so many matches on the TV, and we have 34 cameras here and it is so evident what has happened I think it is a good idea.

"If it is feasible we will see but when I have an idea I generally try to bring it."

Sepp Blatter: My Fifa mission not yet finished

Sepp Blatter has strongly hinted that he will run again for Fifa presidency in 2015.

ITV News Brazil correspondent Rick Ravenscroft was watching his speech in Brazil:

Coca-Cola boss 'concerned' at FIFA corruption claims

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been under intense pressure to resign. Credit: PA

A boss of Cola-Cola has admitted he is "concerned" about corruption claims around football's world governing body.

The drinks giant is one of the sponsors of FIFA and is the latest to speak out against allegations that Qatar's bid team bribed officials to win votes to host the 2022 World Cup.

James Quincey, President of Coca-Cola Europe, told Sky News: "We are a leading sponsor of the World Cup and we are concerned.

"Anything that detracts from the values of football, the values of the World Cup, the idea of fair play is of concern to us, yes absolutely."

Sony, Adidas, Visa and Hyundai/Kia have also expressed concerns over claims of wrongdoing in the bidding process. Qatar's bid team have denied the corruption allegations.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has dismissed the allegations and said they have been whipped up by a "racist" British media.


Pele gives his backing to under-fire FIFA president

Brazil legend Pele has told ITV News he believes Sepp Blatter is the right man to lead football's world governing body.

Mr Blatter has faced calls to resign as FIFA president over corruption allegations surrounding Qatar winning the vote to host the 2022 World Cup.

Pele said UEFA president Michael Platini is a strong candidate but feels Mr Blatter has done a good job.

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.

Lord Triesman: Fifa like a 'mafia family'

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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