Jun 11, 2014

Ogura calls for truth over World Cup bribery allegations

A good majority of FIFA’s executive committee wants the truth to come out about bribery allegations against Qatar despite president Sepp Blatter’s attempt to dismiss them as racist and discriminatory, former vice president Junji Ogura said Tuesday. Blatter, as well as the African confederation, ...

Europe calls for Blatter to step down

Jun 11, 2014

Europe calls for Blatter to step down

On a tough day in his 16-year FIFA presidency, Sepp Blatter even found time to shimmy on stage with a glamorous Brazilian model. Blatter’s shuffling steps with Fernanda Lima, FIFA’s favorite big-event host during Tuesday’s gala opening of its annual congress, suggested he was ...

Chaos reigns for FIFA as World Cup looms

Jun 10, 2014

Chaos reigns for FIFA as World Cup looms

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said in 2011 he would steer soccer’s ruling body through troubled waters, isn’t anywhere near land. Brazil is readying for street protests over $3.6 billion of public spending on the 2014 World Cup, which starts in two days in ...

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...

May 17, 2014

Blatter admits FIFA mistake in Qatar

Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake” and the tournament will may have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. “Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across ...