FIFA suspends Valcke over ticket claims

Sep 18, 2015

FIFA suspends Valcke over ticket claims

FIFA suspended president Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man Jerome Valcke on Thursday and ordered an investigation into alleged unethical conduct, throwing world soccer’s scandal-scarred governing body into further turmoil. Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general for the past eight years under the embattled Blatter, was hours earlier ...

Japan wraps up World Cup preparations with win over Georgia

Sep 6, 2015

Japan wraps up World Cup preparations with win over Georgia

Japan heads into the Rugby World Cup on a winning note thanks to a 13-10 victory over Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on Saturday. In their final warmup game before they kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa on Sept. 19, the Brave ...

Sep 3, 2015

Samoa's Thompson suspended for Rugby World Cup opener

Veteran Samoan lock Kane Thompson will miss his country’s opening game at the Rugby World Cup against the United States after receiving a two-match ban for punching an opponent, the governing body, World Rugby, announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old New Zealand-born second row, set ...

All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

Sep 1, 2015

All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

That New Zealand has been the team to beat ahead of every World Cup has long been accepted by the rest of the international rugby community. But that the All Blacks have managed, for the time being at least, to defy conventional medicine by ...

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 ...