Jul 28, 2015

Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday. The 60-year-old Platini, a former ...

Jul 28, 2015

FIFA overhauling task force rules

FIFA has changed composition rules for a task force criticized as lacking credibility to drive reforms after a corruption crisis. An 11-member panel announced last week to propose ideas at a Sept. 24-25 FIFA executive committee meeting was widely judged to lack independence. Changes ...

Jul 24, 2015

Corruption crisis hampers search for new sponsors, FIFA admits

The FIFA corruption crisis is hurting its search for new World Cup sponsors. Targeting almost $6 billion in revenue from the 2018 tournament, FIFA has not signed any new sponsors since last year’s World Cup in Brazil. “Definitely the current situation does not help ...

Jul 21, 2015

Ex-FIFA VP Chung to seek presidency

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon on Tuesday expressed his intent to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of soccer’s world governing body, according to Yonhap News Agency. “I am thinking of running (for FIFA president),” Chung told Yonhap by phone. “I will try ...

Jul 20, 2015

Platini is favorite to be next FIFA president: bookmakers

Michel Platini has become the favorite for the first time with British bookmakers William Hill to become the next permanent FIFA president. Following Monday’s reports of backing for him among the FIFA confederations, the 60-yer-old UEFA chief is quoted at 5-4 on, ahead of ...

Jul 20, 2015

FIFA presidential election set for February

FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body. The date was chosen by FIFA’s executive committee on Monday, after Blatter announced plans to resign four days following his re-election ...

Jul 19, 2015

FIFA official pleads not guilty to racketeering charges

A former high-ranking official in the governing body of the world’s most popular sport appeared before a judge Saturday, entering a not guilty plea in a massive racketeering and bribery case that rocked international soccer. Jeffrey Webb will not be the last charged in ...

Jul 16, 2015

Swiss extradite FIFA official to U.S.

One of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe has been extradited to the United States, the Swiss Justice Ministry said Thursday. The Federal Office of Justice said the man, whom it did not identify, was extradited on ...

Jul 12, 2015

Tashima says CONMEBOL has no proof of payment from Japan

The South American football confederation (CONMEBOL) has no record showing it received any payment from Japan during the bid for the 2002 World Cup hosting rights as alleged by a report from Spain, Japan Football Association vice president Kozo Tashima said on Sunday. “They ...

Jul 9, 2015

FIFA expels disgraced Blazer for life

FIFA’s ethics committee says it has expelled former executive committee member Chuck Blazer from soccer for bribery and other corruption. FIFA’s ethics panel says American Blazer “was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, ...

FIFA warned sponsors will flee without reform

Jul 3, 2015

FIFA warned sponsors will flee without reform

A former top FIFA official who left after criticizing its president Sepp Blatter has warned that big sponsors will start leaving world soccer’s governing body unless major reforms are undertaken. Michel Zen-Ruffinen, who succeeded Blatter as FIFA secretary general from 1998 until 2002 when ...

Jul 2, 2015

U.S. files extradition request for seven FIFA officials

The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice said Thursday that the requests were received from ...