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S. Korea FIFA hopeful slams 'cannibal' Blatter and stooge Platini

Seoul - South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon pushed his candidacy for the FIFA presidency in uncompromising terms Thursday, calling Sepp Blatter a corrupt "cannibal" and painting his main election rival Michel Platini as an untrustworthy stooge.

FIFA faces long struggle to pass reforms

Zurich - The high-profile person who will head up the task force established to finetune crucial reforms of football's scandal-hit world governing body FIFA will be named very soon a source close to the organisation's leadership said.

Bolivian judge remands CONMEBOL treasurer in custody

La Paz - A Bolivian judge remanded the president of the Bolivian Football Federation and treasurer of the sport's South American confederation in custody Tuesday, as he faces corruption charges.

FIFA ex-vice president pleads not guilty, gets $10 mln bond

New York - Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty in US court Saturday in connection with a massive international corruption scandal, with his release set at a $10 million bond.

Former FIFA VP awaited in New York court

New York - Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, extradited to the United States as part of a massive soccer corruption scandal, is to appear in court later Saturday, federal prosecutors in New York said.

Extradited FIFA suspect in US: reports

New York - Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, the first of 14 suspects indicted in a global corruption scandal rocking world football to agree to extradition, has arrived in the United States, US media reports said Thursday.

Switzerland extradites first of seven FIFA suspects to US

Ginebra - One of the seven FIFA officials held in Switzerland as part of an investigation into massive corruption at football's governing body has been extradited to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said Thursday.

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.
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World Cup 2010 in Berlin: Germany Vs. England 4-1
World Cup 2010 in Berlin: Germany Vs. England 4-1
Sepp Blatter  elected to a fifth term as FIFA President May 29  2014  said  “I take the responsibi...
Sepp Blatter, elected to a fifth term as FIFA President May 29, 2014, said "“I take the responsibility to bring back FIFA where it should be.”
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Chilean football fans cheer for their team before the start of the Group B football match between Ch...
Chilean football fans cheer for their team before the start of the Group B football match between Chile and Australia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014
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Spain Vs. Holland from Berlin
Spain Vs. Holland from Berlin
Brazilians stay longer at bars outside of stadiums to drink says the BBC  making these areas more di...
Brazilians stay longer at bars outside of stadiums to drink says the BBC, making these areas more difficult to police.
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A delegation from the ITUC holds up a banner for a campaign asking FIFA to reconsider its awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
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A firework is set off during an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
Canada s starting line-up: Back row (l-r) David Edgar  Kenny Stamatopoulos  Adam Straith  Josh Simps...
Canada's starting line-up: Back row (l-r) David Edgar, Kenny Stamatopoulos, Adam Straith, Josh Simpson, Olivier Occean, Dwayne De Rosario. Front row: Tosaint Ricketts, Patrice Bernier, Will Johnson, Ashtone Morgan and Nik Ledgerwood.
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Well done guys!
Demonstrators burn a mock World Cup trophy in Brasilia on June 23  2014
Demonstrators burn a mock World Cup trophy in Brasilia on June 23, 2014
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
Ivory Coast midfielder  Serey Die  broke down in tears as his national anthem played
Ivory Coast midfielder, Serey Die, broke down in tears as his national anthem played
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Canada s Starting lineup: Back row (l-r): Lars Hirschfeld  David Edgar  Adam Straith  Josh Simpson  ...
Canada's Starting lineup: Back row (l-r): Lars Hirschfeld, David Edgar, Adam Straith, Josh Simpson, Dwayne De Rosario and Simeon Jackson. Front row: Ante Jazic, Nik Ledgerwood, Terry Dunfield, Ian Hume and Julian de Guzman
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Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts (centre) lies on the pitch after knocking the ball underneath Byro...
Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts (centre) lies on the pitch after knocking the ball underneath Byron to increase Canada's lead to 4-0 in the 88th minute
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Spain celebrates
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Puerto Rico's goalkeeper makes an acrobatic save on Tosaint Ricketts while the linesman raises his flag to signal offside
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