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Sports – The official Saudi Press AgencySportsSaudi Arabian Olympic Committee Delegation Concludes Visit to IOC in LausanneEquestrian Club of Riyadh holds raceGeneral President of Youth Welfare receives Acting President of Audiovisual Information CommissionSpanish Primera Division results and standingsEnglish Premier League Results and StandingsPresident of Youth Welfare receives the world’s dean of water polo athletesSaudi Scouts participate in Competition ”Harmony of Air sports and Nature”Spanish Primera Division results and standingsSaudi Scouts Offer Voluntary Initiatives in DubaiTurkish Super Lig results and standingsArsenal misses chance to go top in 4-0 rout by SouthamptonEnglish Premier League Results and StandingsRecord international yachts for Sydney to Hobart raceSaudi Ambassador meets Sudanese Minister of Youth and SportsSaudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association Vice President Awarded GCC NecklaceCelta held by Getafe, miss chance to go topBlatter defies calls from FIFA sponsors to quit immediatelyCorruption allegations against FIFACoca-Cola calls on FIFA’s Sepp Blatter to resign immediately

http://was.gov.sa/ Sports en-US http://was.gov.sa/sectionNews.aspx?sectionId=12 50 44 http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1814163 The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC)’s delegation consisting of its Vice President, Engineer Loa’ay Hisham Nazer; Prince Abdulhakim bin Musaed, Secretary General of the Committee and Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Executive Director for the Committee’s International Relations, has concluded a visit to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. During the visit, the SAOC delegation has met with the OIC President, Dr. Thomas Bach and his administrative delegation at ICRC headquarters in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The two sides discussed ways of cooperation between SAOC and IOC as well as the SAOC’s preparations for the Olympics games to be held next summer 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. –SPA 15:29 LOCAL TIME 12:29 GMT Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:33:14 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1813768 The Equestrian Club in Riyadh held a horse race here today. During the event, prizes were handed to winners. The second round of the race will be held tomorrow. –SPA 23:14 LOCAL TIME 20:14 GMT Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:18:01 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1808464 Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youth Welfare Presidency met in his office at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex here today Acting President of Audiovisual Information Commission , Bandar Asiri. During the meeting, they discussed joint programs between the Presidency and the Commission and ways of their activation so as to contribute to the integration of roles and achieve common goals to serve youth and athletes in the Kingdom. The Prince also asserted the keenness of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare to strengthen aspects of cooperation with the Commission to serve sport clubs and associations and achieve future goals and aspirations for the youth welfare. — SPA 16:01 LOCAL TIME 13:01 GMT Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:02:05 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1806423 Results and standings Spanish Primera Division (kick-off times in GMT), according to dpa: Matchday 18: Saturday, January 2: Espanyol 0 Barcelona 0 Atletico Madrid 1 Levante 0 Malaga 2 Celta Vigo 0 Sunday, January 3: Rayo Vallecano 2 Real Sociedad 2 Real Betis 0 Eibar 4 Granada 2 Sevilla 1 Deportivo La Villarreal 1715 Coruna Athletic Bilbao Las Palmas 1715 Valencia Real Madrid 1930 Monday, January 4: Gijon Getafe 1930 P W D L F A Pts 1 Atletico Madrid 18 13 2 3 25 8 41 2 Barcelona 17 12 3 2 40 15 39 3 Real Madrid 17 11 3 3 45 16 36 4 Villarreal 17 10 3 4 22 15 33 5 Celta Vigo 18 9 4 5 28 25 31 6 Deportivo La 17 6 9 2 25 16 27 Coruna 7 Athletic Bilbao 17 8 3 6 25 18 27 8 Eibar 18 7 6 5 25 19 27 9 Sevilla 18 7 5 6 24 21 26 10 Malaga 18 6 5 7 13 14 23 11 Valencia 17 5 7 5 21 15 22 12 Espanyol 18 6 3 9 16 28 21 13 Real Betis 18 5 5 8 13 27 20 14 Real Sociedad 18 4 5 9 20 27 17 15 Getafe 17 4 5 8 18 26 17 16 Granada 18 4 5 9 20 32 17 17 Las Palmas 17 4 4 9 16 24 16 18 Gijon 16 4 3 9 15 25 15 19 Rayo Vallecano 18 4 3 11 20 41 15 20 Levante 18 2 5 11 12 31 11 –SPA 19:55 LOCAL TIME 16:55 GMT Sun, 03 Jan 2016 19:55:24 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1806068 The following are the results and standings of the English Premier League: Matchday 20: Saturday, January 2: West Ham United 2 – 0 Liverpool Arsenal 1 – 0 Newcastle Leicester City 0 – 0 Bournemouth Manchester United 2 – 1 Swansea City Norwich City 1 – 0 Southampton Sunderland 3 – 1 Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Stoke City Watford – Manchester City Sunday, January 3: Crystal Palace – Chelsea Everton – Tottenham Hotspur ———————————– P W D L F A Pts 1 Arsenal ———————– 20 13 3 4 34 18 42 2 Leicester City —————- 20 11 7 2 37 25 40 3 Manchester City ————- 19 11 3 5 37 20 36 4 Tottenham Hotspur ——— 19 9 8 2 33 15 35 5 Manchester United ———- 20 9 6 5 24 17 33 6 West Ham United ———– 20 8 8 4 30 23 32 7 Crystal Palace ————— 19 9 4 6 23 16 31 8 Liverpool ——————— 20 8 6 6 22 24 30 9 Watford ———————- 19 8 5 6 24 20 29 10 Stoke City —————— 20 8 5 7 21 21 29 11 Everton ——————— 19 6 8 5 35 28 26 12 West Bromwich Albion —- 20 7 5 8 20 25 26 13 Southampton ————— 20 6 6 8 26 24 24 14 Norwich City —————- 20 6 5 9 23 32 23 15 Bournemouth ————— 20 5 6 9 22 34 21 16 Chelsea ———————- 19 5 5 9 23 29 20 17 Swansea City ————— 20 4 7 9 17 26 19 18 Newcastle ——————- 20 4 5 11 19 35 17 19 Sunderland —————— 20 4 3 13 22 39 15 20 Aston Villa ——————- 20 1 5 14 16 37 8 –SPA 21:12 LOCAL TIME 18:12 GMT Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:12:03 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1805547 Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youths Welfare, who is also Chairman of Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, received at his office in Riyadh today Nasser Al-Dighaither, member of the Saudi national water polo team as well as Al-Qadesiyah club, to congratulate him on being awarded the title of the world’s water polo players dean. During the reception, the Prince paid tribute to Al-Dighaither for his highly prestigious sports dedication that extended for more than 30 years in the field of water polo, wishing him continuous success. –SPA 16:18 LOCAL TIME 13:18 GMT Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:18:45 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1805064 Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA) is participating in the 8th Arab competition to prepare the juniors and Arab youths for the year 2016 being organized by Arab Committee for Air and Space Culture of Arab Federation of Air Sports entitled “Harmony of air sports and nature”. The Association’s Secretary General , Dr. Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Fahd, pointed out that the participation of the Association’s sectors in this competition comes as a part of their interest in this fair competitions, development of scouts’ talent, building the skills of participants , exchange of experiences in the culture of air sports, and activate hobby badges . –SPS 11:35 LOCAL TIME 08:35 GMT Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:35:07 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1804943 Results and standings Spanish Primera Division (kick-off times in GMT), according to dpa: Matchday 17: Wednesday, December 30: Real Madrid 3 Real Sociedad 1 Levante 0 Malaga 1 Sevilla Espanyol 1715 Rayo Vallecano Atletico Madrid 1715 Eibar Gijon 1730 Getafe Deportivo La 1930 Coruna Barcelona Real Betis 1930 Celta Vigo Athletic Bilbao 1930 Las Palmas Granada 2000 Thursday, December 31: Villarreal Valencia 1500 P W D L F A Pts 1 Real Madrid 17 11 3 3 45 16 36 2 Barcelona 15 11 2 2 36 15 35 3 Atletico Madrid 16 11 2 3 22 8 35 4 Celta Vigo 16 9 4 3 28 22 31 5 Villarreal 16 9 3 4 21 15 30 6 Deportivo La 16 6 8 2 25 16 26 Coruna 7 Athletic Bilbao 16 7 3 6 24 18 24 8 Sevilla 16 6 5 5 21 19 23 9 Valencia 16 5 7 4 21 14 22 10 Eibar 16 5 6 5 19 19 21 11 Malaga 17 5 5 7 11 14 20 12 Real Betis 16 5 5 6 13 19 20 13 Espanyol 16 6 2 8 16 26 20 14 Real Sociedad 17 4 4 9 18 25 16 15 Getafe 16 4 4 8 18 26 16 16 Gijon 15 4 3 8 15 23 15 17 Granada 16 3 5 8 17 27 14 18 Rayo Vallecano 16 4 2 10 18 37 14 19 Las Palmas 16 3 4 9 12 23 13 20 Levante 17 2 5 10 12 30 11 –SPA 21:06 LOCAL TIME 18:06 GMT Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:05:57 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1805258 Saudi scouts have offered models of their initiatives in the global scout project “Messengers of Peace” during a meeting with the coordinators of the project recently in Dubai, organized by Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States in collaboration with the Arab Scout Organization, and Saudi and Emirates Scouts. The Saudi delegation participating in the meeting has offered initiatives including the care of the family, student’s breakfast, and my city is my friend, which have been met with appreciation and admiration by the participants in the meeting, particularly services to pilgrims and Umrah performers, the environment, its development , conservation, and paying attention to dialogue events. –SPA 12:34 LOCAL TIME 09:34 GMT Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:33:41 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1805311 Results and standings Turkish Super Lig (kick-off times in GMT), according to dpa: Matchday 17: Saturday, December 26: Caykur Rizespor 2 Istanbul Basaksehir 1 Antalyaspor 0 Gaziantepspor 0 Kasimpasa 1 Trabzonspor 1 Sunday, December 27: Bursaspor 2 Mersin Idmanyurdu 1 Kayseri 1 Galatasaray 1 Erciyesspor Akhisar Belediye 0 Osmanlispor 0 Besiktas Konyaspor 1700 Monday, December 28: Eskisehirspor Genclerbirligi 1700 Fenerbahce Sivasspor 1800 P W D L F A Pts 1 Besiktas 16 12 2 2 37 18 38 2 Fenerbahce 16 11 4 1 25 12 37 3 Galatasaray 17 8 6 3 38 23 30 4 Kasimpasa 17 8 6 3 23 14 30 5 Istanbul 17 9 2 6 24 16 29 Basaksehir 6 Akhisar Belediye 17 8 5 4 24 17 29 7 Konyaspor 16 7 5 4 19 20 26 8 Caykur Rizespor 17 6 6 5 24 22 24 9 Trabzonspor 17 7 3 7 22 22 24 10 Gaziantepspor 17 6 5 6 17 23 23 11 Antalyaspor 17 5 6 6 25 31 21 12 Osmanlispor 17 5 4 8 22 19 19 13 Kayseri 17 4 7 6 15 17 19 Erciyesspor 14 Bursaspor 17 6 0 11 16 27 18 15 Sivasspor 16 2 8 6 16 21 14 16 Genclerbirligi 16 3 4 9 14 23 13 17 Mersin Idmanyurdu 17 2 4 11 21 36 10 18 Eskisehirspor 16 2 1 13 15 36 7 –SPA 21:11 LOCAL TIME 18:11 GMT Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:10:37 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1741060 Title-chasing Arsenal was thrashed 4-0 by a Southampton side that had been on a five-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturday. Another incredible result in this most unpredictable of English seasons prevented Arsenal going top, with Leicester remaining two points in front of the London club despite losing at Liverpool. Cuco Martina put Southampton in front on his full league debut and Shane Long scored twice either side of Jose Fonte’s header. Southampton rose to 12th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone. –SPA 00:57 LOCAL TIME 21:57 GMT Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:57:20 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1741036 The following are the results and standings of the English Premier League: Matchday 18: Saturday, December 26: Stoke City 2 – 0 Manchester United Aston Villa 1 – 1 West Ham United Bournemouth 0 – 0 Crystal Palace Chelsea 2 – 2 Watford Liverpool 1 – 0 Leicester City Manchester City 4 – 1 Sunderland Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0 Norwich City Swansea City 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion Newcastle – Everton Southampton – Arsenal ———————————— P W D L F A Pts 1 Leicester City —————– 18 11 5 2 37 25 38 2 Arsenal ———————— 17 11 3 3 31 14 36 3 Manchester City ————– 18 11 2 5 37 20 35 4 Tottenham Hotspur ———- 18 8 8 2 31 14 32 5 Crystal Palace —————- 18 9 3 6 23 16 30 6 Manchester United ———- 18 8 5 5 22 16 29 7 Watford ———————- 18 8 5 5 23 18 29 8 Liverpool ——————— 18 7 6 5 21 22 27 9 West Ham United ———– 18 6 8 4 26 22 26 10 Stoke City —————— 18 7 5 6 16 16 26 11 Everton ——————— 17 5 8 4 31 24 23 12 Southampton ————– 17 5 6 6 21 21 21 13 West Bromwich Albion — 18 5 5 8 17 24 20 14 Bournemouth ————- 18 5 5 8 22 32 20 15 Chelsea ——————– 18 5 4 9 23 29 19 16 Swansea City ————- 18 4 6 8 16 24 18 17 Norwich City ————– 18 4 5 9 20 32 17 18 Newcastle —————– 17 4 5 8 19 32 17 19 Sunderland —————- 18 3 3 12 19 37 12 20 Aston Villa —————– 18 1 5 12 15 32 8 –SPA 20:26 LOCAL TIME 17:26 GMT Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:33:02 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1740904 A record number of international yachts leave Sydney Saturday for the annual Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart yacht race, dpa reported. The fleet of 108 vessels includes 27 international entries: China is in for the first time with two boats, a young crew from Germany on Haspa Hamburg, a sleek Italian boat called Maserati, supermaxis Comanche and Rambler 88 from the United States, and even a yacht from land-locked Switzerland. In its 70th year, the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become a major international sporting event attracting multi-million dollar supermaxi ocean racing yachts competing to be first across the line and dozens of smaller yachts crewed by enthusiasts competing for handicap honours. The fastest race was in 2012 when Wild Oats XI finished the 1,610-kilometre race in 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. This year Wild Oats XI is the defending champion having won last year, beating the American yacht Commanche by 50 minutes. Safety has been much improved since the disaster of 1998, when six people perished at sea, five boats sank, seven boats were abandoned and 56 crew were rescued when a massive, 36-hour storm whipped up waves 20 metres high and winds hit 80 knots (148 kilometres per hour). — SPA 03:26 LOCAL TIME 00:26 GMT Sat, 26 Dec 2015 03:26:09 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1739194 Saudi Ambassador to Sudan Faisal bin Hamid Mu’alla received at the embassy here today Sudanese Minister of Youth and Sports Haider Qali Koma. During the meeting, they discussed cooperation in the field of youth and sports and the matters of common concern. –SPA 13:28 LOCAL TIME 10:28 GMT Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:27:08 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=1739180 Gulf Coordinating Committee for the Pioneers of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides has awarded its necklace to the Vice President of Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahd. This came during an honoring ceremony held yesterday in the State of Kuwait on the sidelines of meetings of the Coordinating Committee for the Pioneers of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, in recognition of his efforts in supporting the works of the pioneers of the GCC’s Boy Scouts. –SPA 13:11 LOCAL TIME 10:11 GMT Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:10:28 GMT ity 7 3 3 1 15 14 12 9 Liverpool 7 3 2 2 7 9 11 10 Southampton 7 2 3 2 10 9 9 11 Swansea City 7 2 3 2 8 8 9 12 Norwich City 7 2 3 2 11 12 9 13 Watford 7 2 3 2 5 6 9 14 Chelsea 7 2 2 3 11 14 8 15 West Bromwich 8 2 2 4 6 11 8 Albion 16 Bournemouth 7 2 1 4 9 11 7 17 Stoke City 7 1 3 3 7 10 6 18 Aston Villa 7 1 1 5 8 12 4 19 Newcastle 7 0 3 4 5 11 3 20 Sunderland 7 0 2 5 6 16 2 –SPA 17:45 LOCAL TIME 14:45 GMT Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:44:33 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=346182 Celta Vigo missed a good chance to go top of the Spanish first division Friday, when it was held 0-0 at home by well-drilled Getafe, according to dpa. Celta were in the driver’s seat from start to finish but failed to find a way past Getafe’s impressive goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Celta’s best chance fell to sub John Guidetti two minutes from the end, but his tame shot was easily held by Guaita. The draw left Celta in second place, level on 15 points with Barcelona and a point behind leaders Villarreal. Barca will visit lowly Sevilla Saturday. Sunday will see Villarreal at Levante and fourth-placed Real Madrid at neighbours Atletico, who are currently fifth. — SPA 03:22 LOCAL TIME 00:22 GMT Sat, 03 Oct 2015 03:21:27 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=346183 Sepp Blatter defied calls from FIFA sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa to quit immediately as president of world soccer’s governing body on Friday rather than cling on until the emergency election in February, AP reported. The seemingly-coordinated interventions from the long-standing corporate backers came a week after Blatter was interrogated by Swiss investigators and placed under criminal investigation for alleged financial wrongdoing at FIFA, which he has led since 1998. It marked an escalation in the dual American and Swiss soccer corruption investigations, which burst into public view with the arrest of seven FIFA officials at a Zurich hotel two days before the presidential election in May. They are among 14 officials indicted in the U.S. on bribery and racketeering charges. The 79-year-old Blatter gained a fifth term only to announce resignation plans four days later in the face of private pressure from sponsors and the fear of a criminal investigation. But Blatter is determined to remain in power until his successor is elected on Feb. 26 and “respectfully disagrees” with the sponsors who demand his immediate departure, the president’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, said. “(He) believes firmly that his leaving office now would not be in the best interest of FIFA nor would it advance the process of reform and therefore, he will not resign,” Cullen said in a statement. Coca-Cola, which has advertised in stadiums at every World Cup since 1950, was the first of the sponsors to demand Blatter’s resignation, having previously just called for reforms at the scandal-battered governing body. — SPA 02:59 LOCAL TIME 23:59 GMT Sat, 03 Oct 2015 02:58:29 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=346187 Chronology of corruption allegations around directed against the ruling football body FIFA, after the opening of criminal proceedings against FIFA president Joseph Blatter, dpa reported. October 20, 2010: FIFA executives Reynald Temarii (Tahiti) and Amos Adamu (Nigeria) are suspended over allegations they were ready to sell their vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. November 18, 2010: Six FIFA officials are sanctioned over the allegations. November 29, 2010: New corrution allegations against executives Ricardo Teixeira (Brazil), Nicolas Leoz (Paraguay) and Issa Hayatou (Cameroon). December 2, 2010: The FIFA executive elects Russia hosts of the 2018 World Cup and Qatar hosts of the 2022 World Cup. December 6, 2010: FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona of Argentina is accused of having received 67 million dollars from Qatar. May 10, 2011: Former FA chief David Triesman accuses Teixeira, Leoz, FIFA vice-president Vize Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago) and Worawi Mukudi (Thailand), to have made illegal demands ahead of the World Cup vote. June 20, 2011: Warner resigns from all football functions. October 21, 2011: FIFA sets up commissions and calls in external experts in the wake of major corruption allegations. July 17, 2012: Former US attorney Michael Garcia and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert are named chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA ethics commission. November 22, 2013: Blatter alleges that Germany and France put political pressure on executives because they have economic interests in Qatar. June 1, 2014: The Sunday Times reports that former executive Mohammed bin Hammam of Qatar paid 5 million dollars to officials to ensure their support. September 5, 2014: Garcia presents his report to FIFA and wants it published. October 17, 2014: FIFA decides not to publish Garcia-report in full. November 13, 2014: Eckert submits his report, which Russia and Qatar are cleared to host the tournaments. Garcia objects to the report. December 16, 2014: Garcia resigns after FIFA dismisses his objections. May 27, 2015: Swiss police arrest seven high-ranking officials, including then FIFA vice-presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo, in Zurich as part of a US probe directed against 14 people. Switzerland says it is also conducting a probe of its own on around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup vote. May 29, 2015: Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president. June 2, 2015: The New York Times reports that US authorities believe secretary general Jerome Valcke authorised a 10-million dollar payment to an account controlled by Warner. The money comes from 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa. June 2, 2015: Blatter announces he will step down at an extraordinary FIFA congress. July 2, 2015: US authorities issue formal extradition requests to Switzerland concerning the seven arrested officials. July 19, 2015: Webb pleads not guilty in the US to the charges. September 14, 2015: US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says at a joint news conference with Swiss prosecutor Michael Lauber that there could be further arrests. September 17, 2015: Valcke is released from all his duties with immediate effect in connection with corruption allegations. September 24, 2015: FIFA agrees to give Swiss authorities access to Valcke’s email accounts, after initially stating this was subject to certain conditions. September 25, 2015: Swiss Attorney General announces opening of criminal proceedings against Blatter on suspicion of “criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – misappropriation” in connection with a contract with the Caribbean football union, and a disloyal payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini. Blatter is interrogated and his office searched and data seized. Platini is also asked to provide information. October 2, 2015: FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa and Budweiser issue separate statements calling for Blatter’s immediate resignation as president. — SPA 02:19 LOCAL TIME 23:19 GMT Sat, 03 Oct 2015 02:18:22 GMT http://was.gov.sa/newsDetails.aspx?newsId=346576 The Coca-Cola Co called on Friday for FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately following Swiss authorities saying they were opening a criminal investigation into the head of the world soccer body, Reuters reported. “Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish,” said the company in a statement. “FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach.” — SPA 23:00 LOCAL TIME 20:00 GMT Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:00:02 GMT