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Blatter misses Champs League final

sports Updated: May 29, 2011 07:23 IST
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter did not attend the Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona on Saturday in order to prepare to face an ethics committee at soccer's governing body headquarters here on Sunday.

Blatter will face the hearing along with Mohamed Bin Hammam, his challenger for the FIFA presidency, following a report on a meeting of Caribbean officials connected to the campaign earlier this month.

The report, prepared by FIFA executive committee member and CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer, mentioned possible violation of the FIFA’s ethics code by officials including “allegations of bribery”.

Blatter, standing for a fourth term, has not commented on the proceedings but said, “the facts will speak for themselves”. Bin Hammam has denied any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, thinks the workings of FIFA are ‘murky’. “The PM has made clear in public and private that he believes the workings of FIFA have become rather murky,” a Downing Street source told The Times newspaper.

EPL approves Arsenal takeover

London: Arsenal has received approval from the Premier League for American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke to take control of the club. Kroenke gained a controlling stake in the London club by buying shares from fellow directors and launched a mandatory takeover bid that values the club at $1.2 billion.

“The club is very pleased to announce that the Premier League Board has confirmed that the change of control processes under the rules of the Premier League have been concluded to its satisfaction in relation to Stan Kroenke's control of the club,” Arsenal chairman Peter Hill Wood said.

Kroenke first bought shares in Arsenal four years ago, has raised his stake to 66.06%.