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Wealthy Qatar clubs fined for not paying players

Lausanne - Two clubs from gas-rich Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, were amongst six fined by FIFA on Thursday for non-payment of salaries to players and were warned they face a transfer ban as a consequence.

Kosovo, Albania collect money for fined Swiss players

Pristina - Kosovo and Albania are collecting money to pay the FIFA fines of Switzerland players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.

Swiss players avoid World Cup ban for eagle celebrations

Moscow - Switzerland players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner escaped bans Monday for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.

FIFA investigates Swiss players' pro-Kosovo World Cup celebrations

Moscow - FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri on Saturday over their pro-Kosovo goal celebrations during the 2-1 win against Serbia.

North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup — FIFA votes

Moscow - FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or in Morocco, taking football's global showpiece to Africa for just the second time.

FIFA bans Brazilian federation chief over corruption

Paris - Football's world governing body FIFA said Friday it had banned the head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft probe.

In Greece's Thessaloniki, club owner who invaded pitch is king

Thessalon - A Greek-Russian businessman of humble origins, PAOK FC owner Ivan Savvidis has put Greek football once again under the spotlight after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun at his belt.

FIFA trial: US jury convicts two ex-soccer bosses

New York - A US jury convicted two South American ex-soccer bosses of corruption on Friday, the once-powerful pair swiftly remanded into custody following a New York trial that has exposed systemic corruption at the heart of FIFA.

Football: Prosecutors urge conviction in FIFA trial

New York - US prosecutors urged a New York jury to convict three wealthy South American former soccer officials "on all counts" in the face of "overwhelming" evidence, delivering closing arguments Wednesday at the FIFA corruption trial.

Surprise witness at FIFA trial — singer Kevin Jonas

New York - Boy band star Kevin Jonas testified Thursday as a surprise witness for the prosecution at the FIFA corruption trial.

FIFA trial hears of dancing, private jet, massages

New York - A Brazilian businessman told a US Federal Court on Wednesday that he helped set up a huge bribe to South American football officials to secure the rights for a new tournament.

Paraguay judge rules ex-soccer boss Leoz can be extradited

Asunci - A court in Paraguay ruled Thursday that ex-South American soccer chief Nicolas Leoz could be extradited to face trial in the United States over alleged bribery and money laundering.

Football: FIFA defendants 'blinded by greed,' US prosecutors say

New York - Blinded by greed into accepting millions of dollars in bribes, or innocent bystanders?

Football: FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

New York - Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.

Blatter says Hope Solo's 'grabbed ass' claim is 'absurd'

Lausanne - The former head of world football Sepp Blatter said Saturday that claims by US women's goalkeeper Hope Solo that he had grabbed her backside were "absurd".

FIFA human rights panel warns over migrant workers

Geneva - FIFA's human rights advisors on Thursday criticised a lack of transparency over the condition of workers on World Cup projects in Russia, highlighting the plight of North Koreans reportedly building facilities.

Football: jury selection begins in FIFA corruption trial

New York - Jury selection began Monday in the FIFA bribery trial of three South American ex-officials, two and a half years after US prosecutors unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

Football: Briton gets jail in second FIFA sentencing

New York - A US judge sentenced a British-Greek accountant to jail for 15 months on Tuesday, condemning his "breathtaking" fraud in helping to launder $3 million in bribes in the FIFA corruption scandal.

TV deal for 2026, 2030 World Cups 'advantageous' for FIFA - BeIN

Doha - The TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors, was "advantageous for FIFA", a beIN spokesman claimed Saturday.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

Geneva - Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

World Cup ticket sales start Thursday

Moscow - FIFA announced Tuesday that ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup will begin on Thursday, nine months to the day that the tournament kicks off in Russia.

Guam chief pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

New York - The US prosecution of the massive corruption scandal rocking world soccer scalped a new head on Thursday: the football chief on the tiny Pacific island of Guam.

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Zurich - FIFA's ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body's president Gianni Infantino.

FIFA take action against Ireland for political symbol

Zurich - FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for a political symbol worn during a friendly in March, a spokesperson for the world body said Friday.

Sepp Blatter mounts final FIFA ban appeal

Lausanne - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter began his final appeal Thursday against his six-year ban from football, in a long-shot quest for redemption after his career ended in scandal.

Russian sports minister Mutko in doping controversy spotlight

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called on FIFA to investigate Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko, a member of the football world body's executive, over drug failures in football.

Raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

Zurich - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five years, FIFA said Friday, after Swiss investigators raided the headquarters of football's governing body....

Swiss raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

Zurich - Swiss investigators have searched the FIFA headquarters as the world football governing body revealed that former president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five ye...

Platini to quit as UEFA president after losing appeal

Lausanne - Michel Platini will quit as the head of European football after a sports tribunal on Monday rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect $2.0 million payment he received from FIFA.

Greek teams face international ban after Cup halted

Atenas - Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.
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