Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

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The turmoil in CONCACAF has spread and Chuck Blazer may be in trouble.

The USA representative on the FIFA Executive Committee has been accused of overseeing financial irregularities and is also considering a lawsuit against FIFA over unpaid TV commissions. CONCACAF is still under heavy scrutiny following the scandal that saw former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner resign in disgrace over bribery allegations.

CONCACAF is facing financial penalties after failing to filed tax returns since 2007. This led to allegations of tax fraud but Warner said CONCACAF, a non-profit organization, had made no profits inside the United States so no tax returns were required.

Blazer is also considering litigation against the confederation after failing to be paid upwards of $5 million last year from television commissions and sponsorship deals. Blazer attributes this to retaliation over exposing Warner. No lawsuit has been filed as of yet.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Thursday.

KALOU, BOSINGWA RELEASED BY CHELSEA

It's been less than a week since Chelsea lifted the UEFA Champions League Trophy but the summer clear out at Stamford Bridge continues.

Midfielder Salomon Kalou and left-back Jose Bosingwa have been released by Chelsea despite starting in Saturday's win over Bayern Munich. This comes just days after Chelsea declined to offer striker Didier Drogba a new contract. Several other players, including Frank Lampard, have a year remaining on their contract but have not yet agreed to an extension.

The extensions will largely depend on who Roman Abramovich selects as manager and how successful Chelsea's pursuit of Lille midfielder Eden Hazard turns out to be.

FIFA TO DRUG TEST REFEREES

FIFA could begin testing referees for performance enhancing drugs, FIFA's chief medical officer said.

Jiri Dvorake admitted that there is no evidence of widespread doping with referees but asserted they should be held to the same standards as players. FIFA will also reevaluate a current rule that says players who are banned for performance enhancing drugs are not allowed to train with their team for the duration of the suspension.

HEYNCKES TO STAY ON AS BAYERN MANAGER

Bayern Munich will retain manager Jupp Heynckes despite finishing runners-up in all three competitions this season.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness told a German tabloid that Heynckes has one year left on his contract and he will stay "whatever happens." Heynckes, 67, said he has no plans on stepping down after Bayern's 3-2 loss to The Netherlands wrapped up their club season.

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What do you think of today's stories? See Blazer getting into serious trouble? Surprised to see Kalou and Bosingwa let go? Is FIFA drug-testing referees a good move or do you see it as pointless?

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