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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.

FIFA seeks tens of millions of dollars from corruption accused

Zurich - FIFA on Wednesday sought to claw back tens of millions of dollars from the "sordid" officials facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football.

FIFA's tentative reform moves leave major doubts

Zurich - New FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino faces a major battle to overcome the doubts of sponsors and critics that corruption-tainted world football is serious about reform.

Infantino pledges new era after winning FIFA vote

Zurich - Gianni Infantino won FIFA's presidential election and vowed to lead the scandal-tainted body into a new era as he faced immediate calls to ensure genuine reform.

FIFA begins vote to choose new president

Zurich - Voting started Friday in the election for FIFA's new president, with 207 national associations approved to cast ballots at the congress in Zurich where Sepp Blatter's replacement will be chosen.

FIFA reduces Blatter, Platini bans to six years

Zurich - A FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday reduced bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to six years but maintained they were still guilty of ethics breaches.

Prince Ali seeks FIFA vote suspension

Paris - FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein has called on the international sport tribunal to suspend Friday's FIFA presidential election because of the voting arrangements, his lawyers said.

Zurich palace discreetly braces for FIFA spotlight

Zurich - The Baur au Lac hotel will be fearing for its reputation again when FIFA grandees descend on the discerning palace of opulence in Zurich this week to find a new leader among their shell-shocked ranks.

FIFA hands Valcke 12-year ban for ticket, television deals abuse

Zurich - A FIFA tribunal on Friday banned former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years for misconduct ranging from helping a World Cup ticket scam to fixing a television deal and destroying evidence.
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