Feb 4, 2016

Prince Ali knocks ruling on funding

A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency. “Who decided to hold these votes to ransom less than three weeks ...

Jan 22, 2016

FIFA seeks doping ban for Kang

FIFA has asked sport’s highest court to impose a two-year ban on a South Korean player who blamed his positive test for a steroid on a mustache-growing cream. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says FIFA’s appeal against the Korea Football Association and Kang ...

FIFA fires secretary general Valcke

Jan 13, 2016

FIFA fires secretary general Valcke

FIFA has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body. FIFA announced Wednesday that its emergency committee, consisting of the heads of the ...

Platini withdraws from FIFA presidential race

Jan 8, 2016

Platini withdraws from FIFA presidential race

Michel Platini’s dream of becoming the next FIFA president is over. Platini told The Associated Press that he remains determined to overturn the eight-year ban he was handed by FIFA’s ethics committee last month, but that the deadline for the Feb. 26 election is ...

FIFA extends Valcke ban by 45 days

Jan 6, 2016

FIFA extends Valcke ban by 45 days

The FIFA ethics committee has extended the ban on Jerome Valcke for another 45 days while it processes a case against him. Valcke faces a nine-year ban after being charged with violating the FIFA code of ethics while serving as president Sepp Blatter’s secretary ...

Dec 26, 2015

Ex-official pleads guilty to fraud

A former top FIFA official caught up in a U.S. probe of corruption in soccer has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in his native Uruguay. Uruguayan prosecutor Juan Gomez told The Associated Press that Eugenio Figueredo, 83, also acknowledged receiving bribes ...

Dec 24, 2015

FIFA to overhaul ruling panel in spring

The tainted “executive committee” name of FIFA’s ruling panel will end on April 26. FIFA published the agenda on Wednesday for its special election congress on Feb. 26 which confirms the proposed rebrand to a “FIFA council” with less decision-making power. Changes to FIFA ...

Blatter, Platini vow to fight FIFA bans

Dec 22, 2015

Blatter, Platini vow to fight FIFA bans

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini vowed to keep fighting FIFA in court after being suspended for eight years over ethics violations on Monday. Blatter, FIFA’s president since 1998, said he had been “betrayed” by the world body’s ethics committee which he helped set up ...

FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini for eight years

Dec 21, 2015

FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini for eight years

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world soccer’s most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict ...

Dec 17, 2015

FIFA court hears Blatter, Platini case

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before the world body’s ethics judges Thursday to answer corruption allegations as Switzerland announced it has frozen tens of millions of dollars in accounts linked to soccer bribes. Blatter, who with vice president Michel Platini faces a long ...

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

Dec 7, 2015

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima announced on Monday that he will run for the Japan Football Association presidency. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Tashima said. “Everything I’ve said over the last 10 years I hope to stand by.” Tashima, 58, ...

U.S. indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

Dec 4, 2015

U.S. indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

As members of FIFA’s executive committee prepared to vote on reforming soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body, Swiss government agents swept into a luxury hotel before dawn for a second wave of arrests on corruption charges in the wake of another sweeping indictment by U.S. prosecutors. ...