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Ex-Fifa chief Warner appoints leading British barrister

Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has hired one of Britain's leading barristers to help his fight against extradition to the USA.

Warner is doing his best to avoid extradition. Credit: PA

Edward Fitzgerald QC, who has represented controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and Moors murderer Myra Hindley in the past, has confirmed he is advising Warner and his legal team in Trinidad.

Warner has been indicted by the US justice department on eight counts of football-related corruption and is currently on bail in Trinidad. Among the charges, he is accused of taking a 10million US dollar (£6.4m) bribe to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

Significantly, Fitzgerald has also represented Trinidad businessman Steve Ferguson who has successfully resisted extradition to the USA for the last 10 years.

Fitzgerald, who has won human rights awards for his cases challenging death sentences, confirmed to Press Association Sport he was working for Warner but said he could not discuss any details of the case.

Fifa president Blatter: I have not resigned

Sepp Blatter has fuelled speculation about his future by insisting he has not resigned as Fifa president but will lay down his mandate at a special congress.

Blatter announced on June 2 he would step down from the Fifa presidency at an extraordinary congress to be held between December and March. It followed the crisis that engulfed Fifa with 18 people indicted in the United States on football-related corruption charges.

Sepp Blatter has given some conflicting messages. Credit: PA

Now, in what is seen by some as a mischief-making attempt to unsettle his critics, Blatter used his first public appearance since his announcement to say: "I have not resigned, I put my mandate in the hands of an extraordinary congress."

It follows reports in the Swiss media that Blatter may consider putting his name forward again after being contacted by supportive national associations.

Speaking at the Fifa Museum, Blatter also added, according to Swiss newspaper Blick: "Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round - but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport."

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Blatter attendance at Women's World Cup final in doubt

A source close to FIFA said the crisis is having a bearing over whether Blatter travels to Canada. Credit: PA

Sepp Blatter's attendance at the Women's World Cup final in Canada next week appears to be in jeopardy due to the twin investigations into FIFA by American and Swiss justice authorities.

Blatter would normally attend the final and hand over the trophy to the captain of the winning team but FIFA will not confirm whether he or secretary general Jerome Valcke will attend.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "In terms of the FIFA president and the FIFA secretary general, their future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."

Reports in the United States have said Blatter and Valcke are among those under investigation by the FBI, which has so far indicted 18 people on football-related corruption charges.

A source close to FIFA said the crisis is having a bearing over whether Blatter travels to Canada. The Swiss attorney general is also investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Neither the president nor secretary general have been charged with any wrongdoing and the US has not requested Blatter's or Valcke's extradition. Should that change, as a Swiss national Blatter is protected from extradition from Switzerland by Article 7 of IMAC, the governing Swiss law.

Liberian FA chief wants to be Fifa president

Musa Bility, president of the Liberia FA, has announced his intention to stand for the Fifa presidency.

Musa Bility wants to be the next Fifa president. Credit: Fifa

The 48-year-old has joined former Brazil international Zico in putting himself forward as a potential successor for Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down from the role despite being re-elected at a turbulent FIFA congress in Zurich last month.

An extraordinary meeting of the FIFA ExCo will take place in July, when the date for a new presidential election will be determined.

Bility insists an African name must be on the ballot, reflecting the continent's size and status in the world game.

He told BBC Africa:

Being the single largest bloc, if Africa does not put up a candidate it says a lot about us.

It shows a sense of mediocrity, it shows our only relevance is to go and vote to make leaders. I think that is not right, I think leaders must lead.

We (in Africa) are leaders, we are the largest group in FIFA. We must take the lead to reform the organisation, to unify the organisation, to bring football together. There is too much acrimony right now.

– Musa Bility, president of the Liberia FA

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Nobel Peace Center ends Fifa relationship

Fifa has suffered another blow to its prestige after the Nobel Peace Center announced it was ending its cooperation with soccer's scandal-plagued governing body.

The Oslo-based centre had been behind the Handshake for Peace initiative which had been enthusiastically promoted by Fifa President Sepp Blatter over the past three years.

Sepp Blatter and Issa Hayatou do a Handshake For Peace at the Fifa Congress in May 2015. Credit: Reuters

Fifa had promoted pre-match handshakes between team captains and officials as the Handshake for Peace and had been hoping to introduce it at the end of games as well.

"The board asks the administration to terminate the cooperation with Fifa as soon as circumstances allow," said the Nobel Peace Center in a statement.

It did not give a specific reason for the decision and did not address the scandal facing Fifa. Neither the centre or Fifa could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.

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