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 ...

Platini facing life ban from soccer

Nov 25, 2015

Platini facing life ban from soccer

FIFA’s ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini banned for life over a suspect payment, the UEFA president’s lawyer said on Tuesday. Platini, until recently the favorite to take over soccer’s world body, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter will find out in the next month whether ...

Nov 23, 2015

Blatter says he was near death in TV interview

Without specifying his illness, Sepp Blatter said in excerpts from a television interview that he was near death when hospitalized for stress-related problems this month. The suspended FIFA president was “between the angels singing and the devil’s fire,” he told Swiss broadcaster RTS in ...

FIFA ethics report calls for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

Nov 21, 2015

FIFA ethics report calls for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

FIFA ethics investigators called on Saturday for sanctions against president Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini, dealing a fresh blow to Platini’s bid to succeed Blatter as head of world soccer’s governing body. Both men were suspended from their posts for 90 ...

Nov 19, 2015

Platini, Blatter lose appeals for bans

A FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday rejected a bid by president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini to overturn their 90-day bans while Swiss police pursue a criminal inquiry. The committee said it “rejected in full” the appeals made by Blatter and Platini. ...

Conte says WADA, IAAF part of problem, not solution

Nov 13, 2015

Conte says WADA, IAAF part of problem, not solution


Hours after the World Anti-Doping Agency released the results of its exhaustive findings in a 323-page report on Monday about the wide-reaching Russian track and field doping scandal, Victor Conte was already weighing in on the matter. And even though Dick Pound, founding president ...

Nov 12, 2015

Five candidates approved for FIFA presidential race

FIFA on Thursday approved five candidates to stand in February’s vote to replace Sepp Blatter as president of world soccer’s governing body, but Michel Platini has not yet made the list. The five who met the qualifications following a series of integrity tests were: ...

Nov 7, 2015

FIFA boss Blatter visits hospital

Sepp Blatter was in the hospital for a medical checkup Friday, his lawyer said, adding that the suspended FIFA president “expects to be home shortly.” Richard Cullen did not provide any further details, other than saying that Blatter is “fine.” His statement came shortly ...

Oct 27, 2015

Zico fails to secure required backing for FIFA presidential bid

Brazil soccer legend and former Japan national team coach Zico revealed he gave up his campaign for the FIFA presidency on Monday after failing to muster the required five association nominations. “I had good response from at least six associations but moves within UEFA ...

Scala speaks out against payment to Platini

Oct 21, 2015

Scala speaks out against payment to Platini

The first public indication from within FIFA about the weight of the case against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini was provided Tuesday by its financial compliance head, who denounced a payment that led to the soccer leaders being suspended as a “classic conflict of ...

FIFA rocked by another scandal

Oct 17, 2015

FIFA rocked by another scandal

The corruption scandal sweeping world soccer engulfed Germany as FIFA said Friday that it would investigate “very serious allegations” that voters were bribed to win the 2006 World Cup bid. The latest claims of wrongdoing linked to soccer’s governing body broke as suspended president ...