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FIFA World Cup — USA women romp and stomp over Japan for 5-2 win

Vancouver - The Women's World Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday night may have started off faster than expected, but the momentum never flagged as the U.S. romped over Japan to come away with a 5-2 victory in front of a crowd of 53,341 at BC Place Stadium.

US seeks extradition of FIFA 7 in Switzerland

Ginebra - The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

After saying 'I did not resign,' Sepp Blatter still won't be FIFA president

Sepp Blatter caused yet another firestorm this week when he said he did not resign as president of FIFA at a party, according to the Swiss newspaper Blick (via the BBC).

Swiss prosecutors probe 53 'suspicious' FIFA cases

Bern - Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA's handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, officials said Wednesday.

Nobel centre severs ties with scandal-hit FIFA

Oslo - The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo announced Monday that it will end its partnership with football's world governing body FIFA, which has been engulfed by an unprecedented corruption scandal.

Interpol suspends 20mn-euro deal with FIFA after scandal

Lyon - Interpol on Friday pulled out of a multi-million-euro deal with FIFA to promote integrity in sport, as the corruption scandal engulfing the world's football governing body left it increasingly isolated.

Blatter resists quit calls, top ally resigns

Paris - FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday ruled out a European Parliament demand for him to quit immediately, but one of his top lieutenants did resign from the embattled organisation.

EU parliament urges Blatter to quit FIFA job immediately

Strasbourg - The European Parliament called Thursday on Sepp Blatter to step down immediately as FIFA president and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in football's governing body.

Computer data seized at FIFA HQ

Lausanne - FIFA has handed over computer data to Swiss police investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes and suspended bidding for the 2026 tournament as it remained at the centre of a football corruption storm.

FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA announced on Wednesday it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the furore surrounding corruption probes at the organisation.

Gender testing for Women's World Cup causing a stir

FIFA's mandatory gender testing rule for the Women's World Cup is raising some eyebrows, with some female soccer players saying it's gender-based discrimination.

Argentinian FIFA suspect hands himself in

Rome - Argentinian sports marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco, who has been indicted by US authorities in the FIFA corruption scandal, turned himself into police in Italy on Tuesday.

Russia and Qatar may lose World Cups 'if bribery found'

Ginebra - Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Despite FIFA charges Warner still beloved in Trinidad

Saint James - He is a key figure caught up in the middle of football's biggest corruption scandal. But indicted former FIFA vice president Jack Warner is still a wildly popular politician in his native Trinidad.

British PM urges FIFA-style anti-corruption drive at G7

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for the G7 to "show the same courage" that exposed FIFA's corrupt practices in order to tackle graft around the world.

South Africa leadership 'approved' World Cup payment

Johanesburg - Football's world governing body faced fresh pressure Saturday, after media reports said the highest levels of South Africa's government approved a $10-million payment that US investigators suspect was a bribe to get the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA scandal inquiries span the globe

New York - The FIFA corruption scandal escalated as one suspect told of World Cup bribes and another promised to reveal an "avalanche" of secrets, including about FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Swiss lawmakers to boost corruption fight amid FIFA scandal

Ginebra - With the scandal at football's governing body raging, the upper house of Switzerland's parliament voted through a bill Wednesday dubbed "Lex FIFA", aimed at cracking down on corruption inside international organisations.

S.Africa says $10 mn payment was 'above board'

Johanesburg - South Africa on Wednesday said the $10 million that US authorities allege was a bribe paid to host the 2010 World Cup was a fully-approved payment to support football among the "African diaspora" in the Caribbean.

Ex-FIFA officials on Interpol most wanted list

Lyon - Interpol on Wednesday put disgraced FIFA executive members Jack Warner and Nicolas Leoz on their most wanted list and issued an international alert.Four heads of sports marketing companies have also been put on the list.

Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president

Less than a week after being re-elected as president of FIFA, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter announced at a conference that he will step down from his position.

FIFA chief Blatter quits as corruption storm rages

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigned Tuesday in a stunning capitulation to critics as a US criminal investigation reportedly drew closer to ensnaring the most powerful man in world sport.

FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment

Zurich - FIFA on Tuesday admitted that it had processed a $10 million payment from South Africa to a disgraced football official but denied the world body's secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved.

Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday.

John Oliver explains FIFA's latest scandal and how to fix it

FIFA's ongoing corruption scandal and seemingly untouchable status of its president, Sepp Blatter, convinced John Oliver to once again rake the organization over the coals on 'Last Week Tonight' Sunday.

S. Africa denies $10 mn payment was FIFA bribe

Ginebra - South Africa denied that a $10 million payment it made in 2008 was in any way a bribe to FIFA for the 2010 World Cup, in the latest twist to the massive corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body.

Berlin urges 'out-of-touch' FIFA to make fresh start

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insists FIFA must make a new start following Sepp Blatter's re-election and says football's governing body is out of touch with the sport it serves.

Putin hails Blatter 'professionalism' after FIFA re-election

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on his re-election as head of football's governing body, the Kremlin said Saturday, despite a high-profile corruption scandal rocking the game.

FIFA scandal: More arrests ahead but Putin smells U.S. plot

Zurich - Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s incumbent president emerged victorious against challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein at Friday’s FIFA elective congress.

Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics campaign

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed shock at the tactics used by the US anti-corruption investigators but insisted he was not a target.
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Happier days: FIFA President Sepp Blatter with Barack Obama and FIFA official Jack Warner. In the vote for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, Obama said that FIFA made "the wrong decision" in awarding 2022 tournament to Qatar.
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