Oct. 10 – FIFA official Michel D’Hooghe describes $25,000 watch gift from Brazil FA as most “poisonous present” he’s ever received… Mark Schwarzer says one or two players will have to “drop dead” before FIFA wakes up to Qatar’s heat problems. Christian Radnedge reports.
Apr. 1 – A FIFA executive board member says there will be “absolutely no re-vote” to decide a new host for the 2022 World Cup.
May 25 – FIFA vice president Prince Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has dismissed new claims made by the medical chief of football’s governing body that headscarves worn by female Muslim footballers represent a significant health risk. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Budapest
Oct. 5 – Three FIFA Ex-Co members today responded to criticism of the scandal-hit World Cup bidding process and claimed Sepp Blatter’s imminent anti-corruption reforms can rebuild the governing body’s battered image. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Leaders in Football in London.
21/10/09 FIFA president Sepp Blatter tours the Ferenc Puskas Football Academy near Budapest before announcing a new award named after the Hungarian football legend to celebrate the “most beautiful goal of the year”. Blatter spoke with Ferenc’s widow Erzsebet Puskas at the academy.