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Africa 'unanimously' backs Sheikh Salman for FIFA presidency

Kigali - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain as its candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world body FIFA.

FIFA investigators to seek longer Blatter, Platini bans

Zurich - FIFA corruption investigators will demand an extension to the eight-year bans ordered against world football leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini last month, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Switzerland hands U.S. prosecutors FIFA evidence

Geneva - Switzerland on Wednesday handed over an initial package of bank documents to US prosecutors requested by Washington as evidence in the ongoing criminal cases targeting senior FIFA leadership.

ESPN proposes debate among FIFA candidates

Washington - US sports broadcaster ESPN has invited the five candidates vying to head the scandal-plagued football governing body FIFA to participate in a televised debate.

The glitzy lives of South American football federation bosses

S - When Brazilian Football Confederation president Marco Polo Del Nero was pictured aboard his yacht being kissed by a young model, he could never have imagined the photo would become part of a corruption investigation into South American football.

Blatter and Platini vow to fight eight-year bans

Zurich - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini remained defiant on Monday despite being banned from football by FIFA.Both men vowed to keep fighting in their own defence after being suspended for eight years over an ethics violation.

FIFA court to hear Platini case despite boycott

Zurich - FIFA's ethics judges are set to hear defence arguments to the allegations against UEFA chief Michel Platini on Friday, although the Frenchman will not be there to argue his case after vowing to boycott the hearing.

FIFA chief Blatter deserves Nobel Peace Prize: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, embroiled in a string of corruption scandals, should be given the Nobel Peace Prize.

FIFA court to hear Blatter, Platini cases

Zurich - A FIFA court on Thursday starts hearing the cases of suspended world football president Sepp Blatter and his deputy Michel Platini on corruption charges.

Key dates in FIFA corruption scandal

Paris - Ten key dates in the FIFA corruption scandal following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's rejection on Friday of Michel Platini's appeal against his 90-day suspension:December 2, 2010: FIFA awards 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 tournament to Qatar...

Platini's 90-day suspension upheld by tribunal

Lausanne - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday backed a 90-day FIFA ban against Michel Platini, in a new blow to the Frenchman's hopes of entering the FIFA presidential race.

Blatter, Platini to face FIFA ethics committee December 16-18

Paris - The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, will hear from the pair between December 16-18, a committee spokesman said Monday.

FIFA's Blatter in FBI spotlight over $100m bribery case: BBC

London - US authorities are investigating evidence indicating that FIFA's suspended president Sepp Blatter knew about $100 million (92 million euros) in bribes paid to former members of the football body, a BBC report said.

Platini salary claim 'supported by UEFA memo'

Paris - A report issued to UEFA's executive committee in 1998 appears to support Michel Platini's claim that he was paid an annual salary "of one million Swiss francs" for work as an advisor to FIFA, according to a claim by French newspaper Journal du Dimanche...

FIFA scandal deepens with 16 indicted for corruption

Washington - The multi-million dollar corruption scandal engulfing FIFA widened with 16 people indicted by US justice officials who pledged an unremitting crackdown on an "outrageous" betrayal of trust.

More FIFA officials arrested as scandal widens

Zurich - The unprecedented corruption scandal engulfing FIFA widened Thursday with the arrests of two more top officials in another dramatic dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

Platini facing life ban from football

Paris - FIFA's ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini banned for life over a suspect payment, the UEFA president's lawyer said on Tuesday.

FIFA court opens case against Blatter, Platini, decision in December

Lausanne - The judgement arm of FIFA's ethics committee on Monday opened a case against the body's suspended president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the corruption allegations surrounding both men due next month.

FIFA ethics committee requests sanctions for Blatter, Platini

Ginebra - The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, requested Saturday that sanctions be levelled against both men.

England FA demands answers on World Cup fix

England’s Football Association has demanded clarification from FIFA, following Sepp Blatter’s comments suggesting the vote for the 2018 World Cup had been fixed in favour of Russia.

Five key figures in Germany's World Cup scandal

Berlin - Police on Tuesday swooped on the headquarters of the German Football Federation (DFB) and homes of top officials over tax evasion allegations surrounding an alleged 6.7 million euro payment to FIFA in relation to the 2006 World Cup.

FIFA investigation 'could badly damage' Beckenbauer's status

Berlin - Franz Beckenbauer could come out of FIFA's ongoing investigation with his legendary status badly damaged, according to the chair of the German government's sports committee."It usually takes a long time until national heroes fall.

FIFA put Platini's presidency bid on hold

Zurich - UEFA boss Michel Platini's bid for the FIFA presidency will not be considered as long he is suspended, the Executive Committee of world football's governing body's was told on Tuesday.

Platini admits 'no written contract' for FIFA payment

Paris - UEFA chief Michel Platini on Monday admitted he had no written contract for a $2.

FIFA plunges into new corruption scandal

Berlin - Already reeling from the accusations surrounding the attribution of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup competitions, FIFA has been plunged into a new scandal relating to the 2006 edition.

Platini deal was 'gentleman's agreement' - Blatter

Lausanne - Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter claimed on Friday that the two million dollar (1.8 million euros) payment he made to UEFA president Michel Platini was a "gentleman's agreement".

English FA suspends support for Platini in FIFA presidential bid

London - The English Football Association on Friday suspended support for Michel Platini's FIFA presidential bid because of new information on his legal battle.

Prince Ali registers FIFA bid

London - FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein on Thursday formally registered his candidacy for the election to replace Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's scandal rocked governing body.

FIFA suspends Blatter and Platini

Zurich - FIFA's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body.

Blatter's survival in doubt after sponsor's resignation call

Lausanne - After powerful FIFA sponsors demanded his immediate resignation, a key question surrounded Sepp Blatter on Saturday: can the sleaze-tainted president of world football's governing body survive until his planned departure in February?
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