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Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA election to go on as scheduled; Kane commits to Tottenham; and more

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Despite the string of arrests that has threatened the federation’s leadership, FIFA’s presidential elections are set to remain unaffected.

FIFA confirmed that Friday’s presidential election will go on as scheduled despite the recent controversies. FIFA’s head of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio says that FIFA will welcome the process of the investigations, while also stating that FIFA is “the damaged party” in the recent events.

“FIFA initiated this process on Nov. 18 last year,” De Gregorio said at a press conference. “FIFA lodged a legal complaint with the federal attorney that had to do with the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. While the timing may not obviously be the best, FIFA welcomes this process and FIFA cooperates fully with the attorney general of Switzerland and Federal Office of Justice and it corresponds to all requests for information.

“I wish to repeat in this case FIFA is the damaged party, this leads to the fact that there were no searches within the offices of FIFA. The general secretary and the president [Blatter] are not involved. There was never such an idea to postpone either the congress or the election. One thing has nothing to do with the other so we go on with the agenda and the election will take place as planned.”

Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter is facing challenger Prince Ali of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

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


Harry Kane’s breakout season ensures that that Tottenham forward would have plenty of suitors. However, the Englishman insists that he won’t be on the move.

Kane, who has been linked with Manchester United, has restated his commitment to his current club, where he has been situated since joining as a youth player in 2004. Kane scored 31 goals for Tottenham in all competition this season while also earning two call-ups to the England national team.

“Spurs are a big club and I have a bright future here,” Kane told reporters from Malaysia, where Tottenham is conducting a postseason trip. “I hope to continue scoring goals and doing well with the club.”


After dropping the opening leg, 1-0, Tigres UANL was going to need a big performance in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals.

A big performance was exactly what was provided, as the Mexican side topped Emelec, 2-0, in the second leg at the Estadio Universitario.

The aggregate scoreline was leveled in just the sixth minute by midfielder Rafael Sobis, but Tigres would have to wait until the waning moments to claim the winner. Defender Jose Rivas provided the winner with a header on a corner kick, propelling the Mexican club into the semifinals.

Tigres now awaits the winner of Santa Fe and Internacional, with the Colombian club holding a 1-0 advantage from the opening leg.


FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein contacted police after being offered votes and illegally obtained information from a third party. (REPORT)

Real Madrid will pay Carlo Ancelotti $4 million in compensation after firing the Italian manager on Monday. (REPORT)

Liverpool is planning to pursue Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke to add to the club’s weakened forward line. (REPORT)

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he would welcome David de Gea at the club. (REPORT)


What do you think of these reports? Shocked that FIFA isn’t postponing their elections? How do you see Kane faring with Tottenham next season? Which team do you see as favorites in the Copa Libertadores?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. why the grandpa was not arrested along with his team?
    Even if he is clean and not involved in anything under the table (which I highly highly doubt) at the very minimum he should be terminated and NOT allowed to run for yet another election. Even if he is not involved but bribes and corruption took place behind his back (which again I highly doubt) that makes him a very bad leader who has things out of control..

  2. One has to wonder if indictments to former and current South American Conmebol officials will prevent Copa Centenario 2015 from taking place in the US. Thank you Loretta Lynch, thank you Obama.

  3. In other news Yedlin is looking very good in this preseason friendly. Making runs down the flanks. Announcer raving on about his speed and eagerness to get forward. Still is somewhat of a defensive liability. Position is getting better.

    • Well, people made much of his alleged “defensive liabilities”, but it was still intriguing to watch, in the Tottenham-Sounders friendly, AND in the MLS All-Star Game against Bayern, he was pretty much completely unhinging both squads by running at them. You’d see their body language, and the attention he was getting – Tottenham doubled him at one point, and he still fried them – and it was very, very obvious he was scaring the crap out of them. He made a Statement at the World Cup and continued it in those Sounders matches.

      As they say, you can’t teach speed. Also as they say…talent will always trump experience, if you are willing to give talent experience. I wasn’t crazy about Tottenham as a destination for him because in Kyle Walker, Spurs may have had the one other right back in the EPL who could actually run with Yedlin, but hey, if he can even elevate himself as high as #2 and start getting some games with Spurs, his career path opens way up afterward.

      If he can fine-tune his technical skill a bit, and make better decisions about when to go forward and when not to, I don’t see any team in the world Yedlin can’t play for. Other than maybe Gareth Bale and a handful of others, he’s one of the fastest guys on the planet, especially with the ball at his feet.

      • I caught the last 10 min, and the announcers gave Yedlin some very nice praise-“tireless”, “impressive performance” and wondered if he would challenge Walker. Not bad…

      • Walker had a pretty rough end to the season so hopefully Yedlin can get some chances. At least, he should be the clear backup to Walker – no more playing guys like Chiriches out of position when Walker isn’t available.

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