FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Jun 4, 2016

FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a “coordinated attempt” to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer’s governing body said on Friday. FIFA said an internal investigation revealed that the three officials ...

Jun 3, 2016

Swiss police raid FIFA headquarters as probe continues

Switzerland’s attorney general’s office said it conducted a new raid on FIFA to seize evidence in its ongoing investigations of Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke. The federal prosecution office said of the search on Thursday that “documents and electronic data were seized and will ...

May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...

FIFA appoints first female secretary general

May 14, 2016

FIFA appoints first female secretary general

FIFA’s corruption crisis was declared to be over by president Gianni Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general. Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura has no experience working in sports ...

May 12, 2016

East Asian Football Federation to support Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts

The East Asian Football Federation will donate $20,000 to the Kumamoto Football Association to aid recovery efforts following the recent earthquakes that have rocked Kumamoto and surrounding areas in Kyushu, Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima said Wednesday. Tashima, an executive board member of ...

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

May 11, 2016

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League soccer took a hit on Tuesday in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham that followed an attack on the visiting team’s bus as it arrived for the match. Objects were thrown as the bus reached the stadium for ...

May 6, 2016

FIFA hands lifetime bans to two South American officials

FIFA ethics judges have imposed life bans on two South American soccer officials who have pleaded guilty in the United States to corruption charges. The FIFA ethics committee judging chamber said it found Luis Bedoya, a former FIFA executive committee member from Colombia, and ...

Mar 16, 2016

FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes, asks for money back

While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim “tens of millions of dollars” in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors. FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney’s Office ...

Mar 5, 2016

FIFA boss wants 2026 bid process to be clean

FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process “absolutely bulletproof” because the entire organization’s credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected FIFA boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed ...

Mar 4, 2016

Probe into 2006 World Cup finished

A highly anticipated independent report to be released Friday could throw light onto corruption allegations against Germany’s 2006 World Cup organizers and the fate of a dubious payment to FIFA. The German soccer federation has been in turmoil since October, when the der Spiegel ...

Feb 27, 2016

Maradona blasts FIFA

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona says longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini should have been given life imprisonment rather than six-year bans from soccer for ethics violations. The pair were suspended for eight years — reduced to six this ...

Feb 18, 2016

FIFA sanctions Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer has been fined and warned by FIFA’s ethics committee for refusing to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s investigation of World Cup bidding. Beckenbauer failed to cooperate “despite repeated requests for his assistance” in the 2018-2022 World Cup inquiry, the judges on world soccer’s ...