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Friday Kickoff: England FA chair calls for UEFA WC boycott; Nike denies wrongdoing in FIFA scandal; and more



If Sepp Blatter is reelected as FIFA’s president in Friday’s election, the head of the English FA hopes Europe are among those to take a stand.

English FA chairman Greg Dyke says that the countries that make up UEFA should boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia if Blatter is reconfirmed as FIFA’s leader on Friday. Stating that a singular boycott by just England would be ineffective, Dyke hopes to see all of UEFA’s countries unite should the event come to pass.

“There would be no point pulling England out if everyone else stays in. It would have no impact,” Dyke said. “It would just be forgotten. But if you could pull UEFA out, that might have an impact. If Blatter gets re-elected, then that should be discussed.

“I thought the evidence the Americans produced was devastating and I don’t think Blatter can survive that. He might survive this weekend but I don’t think he can survive in the long-term. During his period in charge, the level of corruption has been unacceptable. It’s just frightening.”

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Friday morning:


Nike remain insistent that they are not among the corrupt in FIFA’s latest scandal.

The sportswear company released a statement, its second in as many days, stating that “the charging documents … do not allege that Nike engaged in criminal conduct. There is no allegation in the charging documents that any Nike employee was aware of or knowingly participated in any bribery or kickback scheme.”

While Nike was not named in any documents, the investigation revealed that a major U.S. sportswear company was under investigation for providing added benefits to Traffic Sports in exchange for sponsorship rights for Brazil’s national team.

Traffic Sports’ owner and founder Jose Hawilla has already pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.


Barring some sort of miracle, Santos Laguna will be crowned Liga MX champions.

Santos Laguna put five past Quereataro in the opening leg of the Liga MX Clausura finals to cruise to a comfortable 5-0 win.

The onslaught was led by four goals from Javier Orozco, who provided a first-half hat-trick with goals in the fourth, 26th and 32nd. A fourth from Orozco came in the 62nd minute, while Diego Gonzalez added a fifth with 10 minutes remaining.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday for the second leg.


Liverpool has seen an approach for fullback Nathaniel Clyne rejected by Southampton. (REPORT)

Tottenham has announced the signing of Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer from FC Koln. (REPORT)

Roberto Di Matteo has stepped down as manager of Schalke. (REPORT)

Uruguay’s player’s union is planning to ask FIFA to annul Luis Suarez’s international suspension. (REPORT)


What do you think of Dyke’s comments? What consequences, if any, do you see coming for Nike? What did you think of Santos Laguna’s performance?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I am totally in favor of a boycott. As an American fan it wouldn’t bother me at all. Set up an alternative tournament. You don’t even need to worry about qualifying. Just invite a bunch of good teams. Put the US in a group with Belgium, Sweden, and Japan and I would be ecstatic.

  2. If UEFA boycotts 2018, does that give the US a chance at winning the thing? Wait, South America, never mind.

    You know soccer’s popularity is rising in the US when the lawyers start paying attention.

    • If Europe (including the hosts), South America and Ghana boycott, maybe. Yeah I know we got past Ghana last time around, but does anyone really want to play them again in three years?

  3. If Blatter is reelected the UEFA nations along with the USA and any other countries (primarily targeting the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions) should hold alternate tournaments in England for 2018 and USA for 2022.

    • I don’t know why people think we are a beacon of rectitude in world football. Americans are as involved as anybody in this scandal. From companies to individuals we are all over this.

      • Where did anyone say the US was a beacon of rectitude in this? Just because people want to revolt rather than follow lock step behind a re-elected Blatter doesn’t mean they think the US is guiltless. We’ve actually indicted Americans as a part of this investigation, how is that saying the US is a beacon rectitude????? I’m confused.

      • Sabdi, maybe you should try not projecting your prejudices into peoples comments. Read words and take them for what they say and nothing more

      • Anyone commenting on this website is guilty of “X”
        So we should all go to a different website and comment there.

  4. Blatter has support of Africa & South America but if the investigation starts to determine corruption in those representatives the house of cards falls. This is the best chance ever to reform FIFA.

    • How does it fall? Who prosecutes them if they did their bribery in their own countries. You think Putin would put his delegation in jail if they bribed people in Russia?

  5. Uruguay’s player’s union should be embarrassed.

    Obviously, Russia won’t boycott the World Cup it is hosting but it would be interesting if England could convince Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, France, Poland, Croatia, Turkey, Portugal, Austria, Ireland, etc. as well as CONMEBOL countries.

    • If he can convince Germany, France, Spain, and Italy, that would kill the world cup.

      He is also more likely to walk on water.

      • Honestly? Maybe France. Maybe. Germany and Italy are completely dependent on Russian natural gas to make that kind of stand.

      • The Winter Cup of 2022, hosted by a country that never got close to qualifying for the finals, that only twice got to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup, is the better target.

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