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Brazilian football legend Zico to run for Fifa presidency

Zico doesn't expect to win the Fifa presiency Credit: Reuters

Brazilian football great Zico wants to run for the presidency of Fifa, even though he believes the odds are stacked against him being elected.

The 62-year-old said there was a "possibility for change" after Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation amid investigations into alleged bribery and corruption involving the 2010, 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

"I would like to confirm this decision about the possibility of being a candidate in the next Fifa election," Zico told a news conference in his native Rio de Janeiro. "I feel capable of this."

But he added: "Of course, changes in the rules of the game would be necessary. Mainly because, with the rules in place now, there isn't the slightest possibility [of being elected]."

Fifa hands IT data over to Swiss authorities

Fifa has handed over computer data to the Swiss authorities as it investigates the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said last month it had opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

FIFA were not immediately available for comment.

I can confirm that FIFA handed over today seized IT data to the OAG.

As already communicated, the OAG has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown.

– Office of the Attorney General


Fifa postpone 2026 World Cup bidding process

Valcke confirmed that Fifa has postponed the 2026 bidding process. Credit: PA

The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been suspended by Fifa in light of recent allegations of corruption.

Secretary General Jerome Valcke confirmed the decision about who will host the tournmane, which had been scheduled for Fifa congress in May 2017, has now been put on ice.

However, Valcke said plans were on track for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and that there had been nothing in the bidding process to conclude it was not in line with the regulations.

England had been favourites to win hosting rights for the tournament before it was awarded to the Russians.

Fifa to meet to discuss timetable for replacing Blatter

Fifa will hold an extraordinary executive committee in July to discuss the timetable for replacing outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Sepp Blatter resigned after more than 17 years in charge at Fifa. Credit: Reuters

Blatter quit as president last week just days after being re-elected amid a corruption scandal.

Officials from the governing body will meet in July to choose the date for an election where a new president will be chosen for the first time in 17 years.

The BBC's Richard Conway reported that the likely date to decide Blatter's successor will be December 16.

"(The) extraordinary Executive Committee will convene in July, the precise date to be confirmed within this week," a Fifa spokesman said in a statement to Reuters.


Warner 'wanted $7m bribe for Egypt World Cup vote'

Jack Warner is wanted by the US on alleged corruption charges. Credit: Reuters

The former head of Egypt's football federation has claimed ex-Fifa vice president Jack Warner asked for $7m to boost the country's 2010 World Cup bid.

Al-Dahshouri Harb told Reuters Warner expressed an interest in being an adviser to Egypt.

He quoted Warner as saying during a meeting in the United Arab Emirates: "I have many votes in Latin America and I could be your adviser in Europe. I have many friends (there)".

Harb claims Warner asked for $7 million (£4.5 million) saying he would not take the money for himself but give it to "the poor clubs and federations in Latin America."

Warner is among nine current and former Fifa officials and executives charged by the US with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in alleged bribes. He denies the charges.

Egypt famously failed to receive a single vote when the host of the 2010 World Cup was announced in 2004. The tournament ultimately went to South Africa.

Cameron: We must not turn a blind eye to corruption

David Cameron is expected to call on leaders at the G7 summit to help eradicate global corruption in the wake of the Fifa scandal.

Speaking ahead of the gathering, he said, "Corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many challenges in our world".

"I'm putting it on the table here, and saying this is something we must not turn a blind eye to as perhaps was done for too long with the world of football."

Documents 'reveal details of Jack Warner Fifa bribes'

The BBC claims to have seen evidence detailing what happened to the $10m sent from FIFA sent accounts controlled by former vice-president Jack Warner.

The money, sent on behalf of South Africa, is said to have been meant to be used for its diaspora legacy programme to develop football in the Caribbean.

The BBC reported that it had seen documents showing Warner had used the money for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money.

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner Credit: Reuters

Three wire transfers - on 4 January, 1 February and 10 March 2008 - totalling $10m (£6.5m) from Fifa accounts were reportedly received into Concacaf accounts controlled by Jack Warner.

Mr Warner is among 14 people indicted on corruption charges by the FBI. He has denied all claims of wrong-doing.

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