Jun 26, 2015

FIFA official denied bail in extradition to U.S.

A Swiss court denied a request by a FIFA official arrested in Zurich last month to be released pending his extradition to the U.S. because he is considered a flight risk. The FIFA official, who wasn’t identified, has no close ties to Switzerland and ...

Jun 22, 2015

JFA says search finds no record of World Cup payment

Japan found no record of any payment made to the South American confederation (CONMEBOL) during its bid for the 2002 World Cup hosting rights as alleged by a recent report from Spain, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Monday. Citing a former CONMEBOL ...

Jun 22, 2015

Report: Maradona to run for FIFA president

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist and author Victor Hugo Morales has said. Morales said Maradona had told him of his intention when he called the former coach ...

Jun 22, 2015

Banks did too little to police FIFA transactions, says global body

A global group of government anti-money-laundering agencies said that financial institutions have not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at soccer’s global governing body FIFA, and cautioned banks to step up scrutiny. The warning from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force ...

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Jun 21, 2015

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Japan Football Association chief Kuniya Daini has denied a report that claims Japan paid the South American federation (CONMEBOL) $1.5 million after it secured the rights to co-host the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. “I don’t think (that happened),” Daini told reporters at ...

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

Jun 18, 2015

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

by Mark Buckton

For a man who grew up on a council estate in Southampton, England, Gary White has come a long, long way. The current national team manager of Guam’s soccer team is making headlines around the soccer world for all the right reasons. The past ...

FIFA official warns Blatter not to backtrack

Jun 15, 2015

FIFA official warns Blatter not to backtrack

Soccer Sepp Blatter was warned from within FIFA on Sunday not to attempt to backtrack on his pledge to quit as president. Domenico Scala, who is overseeing the presidential election, said that a leadership change is an essential component of the far-reaching reforms required ...

Jun 12, 2015

Defiant Warner says he'll fight extradition to U.S.

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner is vowing to fight a U.S. bid to extradite him from Trinidad to face charges in the FIFA corruption case. A defiant Warner said he is looking forward to the legal battles as he prepares for a first ...

Jun 12, 2015

Interpol halts use of FIFA funds for Integrity in Sport program

Interpol said on Friday it was suspending the use of funds it gets from FIFA for its Integrity in Sport program in light of ongoing investigations into corruption against world soccer’s governing body. The international police body was awarded €20 million ($22.4 million) from ...

Jun 11, 2015

FIFA spokesman De Gregorio steps down

FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio is to relinquish office with immediate effect, though he will continue to serve on a consultancy basis until the end of the year, world soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Thursday. De Gregorio had taken ...

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

Jun 10, 2015

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

FIFA announced Wednesday that it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the uproar surrounding corruption probes at the organization. “It was decided to place the administrative process on hold for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding due to ...