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 ...

Feb 18, 2016

AFC puts weight behind Salman bid

The Asian Football Confederation has urged its member countries to unite behind the body’s current chief Sheikh Salman in the Feb. 26 election for the FIFA presidency. Richard Lai, the AFC’s marketing committee chairman, told a meeting of the member associations on Wednesday that ...

Blatter launches appeal at FIFA headquarters

Feb 17, 2016

Blatter launches appeal at FIFA headquarters

Sepp Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters for what could be the last time on Tuesday, challenging his eight-year ban for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. Blatter arrived 90 minutes early for the scheduled start of his hearing with ...

Feb 13, 2016

FIFA suspends Valcke for 12 years

Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s long-time right-hand man, was banned for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general. Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying ...

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 ...