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SBD Global/November 14, 2013/International Football
Former FIFA Executive Champagne To Consider Running For FIFA Presidency
Published November 14, 2013
CAN'T GET OUT: REUTERS' Tony Goodson wrote Blatter has been asked to intervene in the case of French footballer Zahir Belounis, who said that "he is being prevented from leaving Qatar in a contractual dispute with a local club." Int'l players union FIFPro has written to Blatter saying that it remains "deeply concerned about Belounis' precarious situation" and calling for action. It said that Belounis, 33, "is stranded in Qatar, with his wife and two daughters, and being denied an exit visa until he agrees to drop a legal case against his former club, Al-Jaish, over his claim of almost two years unpaid wages" (REUTERS, 11/13). FIFA will use a Swiss lab to test players at next year’s World Cup in Brazil for doping violations "after a Rio de Janeiro medical facility failed to regain World Anti-Doping Agency accreditation." In a statement, FIFA said the players' blood and urine samples will be flown to a WADA-approved laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, because the Rio center "would not be able to achieve re-accreditation in time for the World Cup" (BLOOMBERG, 11/12).