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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Hayatou re-elected, Diakite back on CAF committee

(Recasts with election results) MARRAKECH, Morocco, March 10 (Reuters) - Previously banned FIFA executive member Amadou Diakite returned to football administration in a resounding poll triumph at Sunday's Confederation of African Football Congress less than three years after being found guilty of bribery.

Football: Final four-year term for CAF boss Hayatou

Cameroonian strongman Issa Hayatou will be re-elected unopposed in Morocco on Sunday for a final four-year term as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president. The 66-year-old, voted into power during the 1988 Cup of Nations in the north African kingdom, told reporters last month that this would be last period as boss of the 54-state organisation. His decision to carry on took some observers by surprise with World Soccer magazine reporting that he is suffering from kidney failure that requires dialysis every second day.

Football: CAS rejects Anouma's CAF appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Jacques Anouma against the African Football Confederation (CAF) over his bid to become CAF president. Anouma appealed after the CAF Executive Committee declared inadmissible his candidacy, proposed by the Ivorian Football Federation ahead of a March 10 election. CAS confirmed the CAF Executive Committee had jurisdiction to refuse Anouma's candidature under statutes adopted in September 2012 and that Anouma did not meet validity criteria having never been a member the CAF Executive Committee.

Soccer-Anouma loses appeal against bar from CAF presidency race

BERNE, March 5 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's Jacques Anouma has lost his appeal against a ruling which bars him from running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) next weekend. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday that it had accepted a change made to the CAF statutes in September, under which only voting members of its executive committee could run for the presidency.

Soccer-CAF clear Pitroipa to play in African Nations Cup final

By Mike Collett JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa, controversially sent off in their semi-final win over Ghana on Wednesday, has had his dismissal rescinded by CAF and can play in Sunday's African Nations Cup final against Nigeria. The Confederation of African Football's referee's review committee overturned Pitroipa's ban after Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi told CAF he made a mistake with the second yellow card shown to the player for simulation.

Football: Burkina in final positive for Africa - Hayatou

The presence of outsiders Burkina Faso in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final is a positive sign for football on the continent, CAF president Issa Hayatou says. The Burkinabe have made it to Soccer City at the expense of traditional African powers like Ghana and Ivory Coast. "The fact that Burkina made the final is a positive sign for the development of football in Africa," Hayatou told reporters here on Friday. "There aren't small or big teams, everyone is on a level footing."

Football: Ref admits mistake, Pitroipa set to play in final

Burkina Faso's star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in the semi-final against Ghana, is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final after all. For Pitroipa to be able to take part, the referee in Wednesday's game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something the Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, CAf president Issa Hayatou said. "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Hayatou announced here on Friday. "They've told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong.

Football: Ref admits mistake, Pitroipa set to play in final

Burkina Faso's star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in Wednesday's semi-final, is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final after all. For Pitroipa to be able to take part the referee in Wednesday's game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, CAf president Issa Hayatou said. "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Hayatou announced here on Friday. "They've told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong.

Soccer-FIFA expects to deliver final ISL report in March

ZURICH, Jan 24 (Reuters) - FIFA's anti-corruption chief is due to present his final report into the bribery case of former marketing partner ISL in March, soccer's governing body said on Thursday. U.S. attorney Michael Garcia, whose past responsibilities have included enforcing arms regulations and money laundering statutes, was elected in July to probe allegations of corruption as head of the investigative chamber of FIFA's ethics committee.
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