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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.

FIFA presidential battle lands in Miami

Miami - The battle for the top job in world football arrived in the United States on Thursday with FIFA presidential contenders hoping to secure crucial votes from the scandal-tainted governing body for soccer in the region.

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.
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