May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...

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 ...

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 ...

Infantino new FIFA chief

Feb 27, 2016

Infantino new FIFA chief

Gianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory Friday to take over as FIFA president, and called for a fresh start for soccer’s scandal-wracked world body. “I am convinced a new era is starting,” said Infantino, who became a candidate only when a case of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nov 26, 2015

Blatter brands FIFA ethics probe 'inquisition'

Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that he was the target of “an inquisition” by FIFA’s ethics committee, which has suspended him for 90 days and called for further sanctions over corruption charges. Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years until his suspension in October, appeared ...