July 22, 2015 |
THE JOKE was on outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but he didn't find it a bit funny. Blatter, who resigned as the soccer organization's leader last month amid a corruption scandal, had called a news conference yesterday to announce that an election for his successor would be held in February. Before he could begin, however, British comedian Simon Brodkin walked up to Blatter and placed a large pile of funny money on the table. We know it was fake money because if it had been real, Blatter would have pocketed it. In a video that has gone viral, Brodkin introduced himself as a delegate from North Korea and said the money was a bribe to secure the 2026 World Cup. Blatter called for security and, as two men approached, Brodkin threw another stack of "bills" into the air creating a hilarious scene in which "money" rained down on Blatter.
December 31, 2012
FIFA president Sepp Blatter criticized Major League Soccer during an interview with Al Jazeera TV over the weekend, saying league officials have had plenty of time to get the world's most popular sport to take hold in the United States, but MLS has failed to generate much interest among American sports fans, ESPN.com reported. "It is a question of time, I thought - we had the World Cup [in the United States] in 1994," Blatter said. "But it is now 18 years in, so it should have been done now. But they are still struggling.
July 7, 2006 |
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: World Cup host cities generally cash in when the onslaught of fans arrives. But the Berlin brothel business has seen too much of chastity and we're not talking about the name of one of its employees. Artemis, the biggest brothel in Berlin, replaced the usual fare on the screens with World Cup games. The owners were expecting about 500 men a day and got 250, which is still twice the norm. "The women were all bored," at some brothels, said a police spokesman.
June 21, 2011 |
GENEVA - Jack Warner quit as a FIFA vice president yesterday and soccer's governing body dropped a bribery investigation of him, saying the "presumption of innocence is maintained. " Warner and Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam were suspended by FIFA last month amid the gravest corruption crisis to rock the scandal-hit organization. The two leaders were accused of offering $40,000 cash payments to Caribbean voters during bin Hammam's failed presidential campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter.
January 4, 1999 |
FIFA president Sepp Blatter yesterday proposed the biggest change in the history of world soccer, saying the World Cup should be held every two years instead of four. Blatter said the changes would increase the status of national teams, which he said were threatened by proposals for a new Super League of European clubs. "I am demanding a clear statement: Do we want national teams or do we only want club football?" the president of soccer's world governing body told the Zurich weekly SonntagsBlick.
November 15, 1996 |
A high school in Providence, R.I., had its state soccer title taken away after disclosing its star goalie graduated from another school in June and played this season under an assumed name. Central High principal Don Pastine said he would recommend the soccer team be suspended for two years. Central was 2-6-1 before Erick Yanes joined the team and 10-1-1 after, including wins in three playoff games. Yanes had played for Central in 1993, dropped out, then graduated from Central Vocational Technical School in June.
July 17, 2013 |
The night before the All-Star Game means baseball kicks back with a few meaningless but entertaining diversions - including the Home Run Derby and a Bud Selig comedy routine. The cut-up commissioner's bits on Monday: He admits he's never sent an e-mail ("and I never will"); he still believes major-league baseball will succeed in Florida; he wants clubs to spend less than half of revenue on players . . . and this gem: With more than a few stars rumored to be facing 150-game suspensions for involvement with a closed anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs, Selig told the question-and-answer session that "this sport is cleaner than it's ever been.
July 19, 2013
Union striker Jack McInerney was dropped from the U.S. squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds late Wednesday night, as coach Jurgen Klinsmann made four changes. Also dropped were striker Herculez Gomez , and defenders Corey Ashe and Oguchi Onyewu . Coming in are strikers Eddie Johnson and Alan Gordon , and defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler . The United States faces El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Brazil might prove to have been the wrong choice to host the 2014 World Cup if the tournament is affected by protests similar to those at the Confederations Cup. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets during the warm-up tournament in June, demanding better public services and expressing anger about the costs of staging the World Cup. "The government is now aware that next year the World Cup shouldn't be disturbed," Blatter said.
February 4, 1993 |
There's no turning back now. Ticket plans for the 1994 World Cup were announced yesterday. Because of the size of the nine stadiums to be used, more tickets (3.6 million) will be available than for any previous World Cup. "We have trust in our American friends when they say they will sell out all the seats in the 52 matches," said Sepp Blatter, general secretary of FIFA, soccer's governing body. "Sixteen million Americans play this game, and there will be only 3 1/2 million tickets.
June 1, 1995 |
FIFA, soccer's governing body, approved the use of sudden-death overtime for the 1998 World Cup in France. Until now, when games were tied at the end of regulation, teams played a full 30 minutes of overtime. Under the new rule, if games still are tied at the end of 30 extra minutes, they will be decided by penalty kicks. "We don't know of any other solutions," FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter said in Zurich, Switzerland. Brazil beat Italy on penalty kicks after 120 scoreless minutes in last summer's World Cup final.