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Blatter hits out at FIFA's World Cup bidding process

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter says he is shocked at a rule which has been inserted into the World Cup bidding process that could allow a five-man task force to disqualify a candidate before a democratic vote is held.

Football

Blatter says he wants FIFA to reconsider his case

ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter intends to ask the ethics committee of the global soccer body to reconsider his case and lift his six-year ban from the sport.

Gymnastics

U.S. Education Dept. to probe Michigan State over sex abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will investigate how Michigan State University handled reports of sex abuse made by female athletes against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, the department said on Monday.

Gymnastics

'Traumatised and broken:' Victims of gymnastics doctor detail abuse in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Jessica Thomashow was a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday.

Gymnastics

Texas governor seeks probe of training site in gymnastics scandal

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the state's top police agency on Tuesday to start an investigation into Karolyi Ranch, a training facility used by USA Gymnastics where young women athletes said they were sexually molested by the team's doctor.

Gymnastics

Olympic probe into Nassar scandal to start soon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic officials said on Monday an independent investigation would soon begin into how USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to stop former doctor Larry Nassar from abusing scores of young female athletes.

Gymnastics

Michigan special prosecutor to probe university in Nassar case

(Reuters) - Michigan's attorney general on Saturday named a special prosecutor to lead an "open and ongoing" investigation of Michigan State University after campus sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted athletes over nearly 20 years.

Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics board resigning amid sexual abuse scandal

(Reuters) - The remaining directors of the U.S. gymnastics governing body are resigning in the wake of this week's sentencing of the former national team doctor for molesting female athletes, USA Gymnastics said on Friday, complying with a demand by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Gymnastics

U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court

(Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Football

Swiss prosecutors interview Al-Khelaifi over World Cup deals

BERN (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors on Wednesday began interviewing Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar's beIN media, as part of a criminal investigation into World Cup broadcasting deals.