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Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

New bribe details on 2018, 2022 World Cup votes as execs charged

New York - Two former executives with US media giant Fox were charged with corruption, bank fraud and money-laundering on Monday as US federal prosecutors shed fresh light on the scandal-tainted bidding war for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Ex-Honduras president disgraced by FIFAgate dies aged 76

Tegucigalpa - Honduran ex-president Rafael Callejas, who pleaded guilty in the United States for his part in the sweeping FIFAgate football corruption scandal, died Saturday aged 76, his family said.

Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies

Geneva - Switzerland's top prosecutor will have his pay docked after a disciplinary investigation found Wednesday that he lied repeatedly when questions were raised about his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA.

Racists must be 'kicked out' of stadiums: FIFA boss

Dhaka - Racists must be "kicked out" of stadiums, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, as he pressed for a worldwide ban on spectators who abuse black footballers.

FIFA president 'disappointed' by empty stands at Koreas qualifier

Seoul - FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was "disappointed" after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.

Review: USA wins the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France Special

Lyon - Team USA has a major reason to celebrate. On July 7, the American soccer players were victorious in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Lyon, France.

The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played with 32 nations

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

Swiss escalate probe into attorney general's FIFA contacts

Geneva - A Swiss oversight body said Friday that it had opened a "disciplinary investigation" targeting the attorney general over his meetings with FIFA's president, while Bern is probing corruption in world football.

FifaGate: Ex-Guatemala boss sentenced to time served, fined $350,000

New York - The former chief of the Guatemalan football federation, who was convicted for extortion and fraud in connection with the FifaGate scandal, was sentenced to time served on Tuesday and fined $350,000.

Guatemala ex-soccer chief avoids jail in FIFA scandal

New York - Ex-Guatemala soccer chief and former FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero was sentenced to time served Thursday, releasing him from house arrest over the sweeping corruption scandal plaguing world soccer.

FifaGate: Guatemala ex-football boss's guilty plea revealed

New York - Ex-Guatemala soccer chief and former FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero, 72, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in a US court, and will be sentenced by a judge in New York this week, it was revealed Tuesday.

US judge awards FIFA fraction of restitution request

New York - A US judge has awarded FIFA just 0.4 percent of the $28 million it requested in restitution after the New York corruption trial that ended in guilty verdicts for two defendants.

FIFA Ethics Committee judge held in Malaysia for graft

Kuala Lumpur - A FIFA Ethics Committee judge was arrested on suspicion of corruption in his native Malaysia and has resigned as director of a legal arbitration centre, his lawyer and reports said Wednesday.

Powerful Kuwaiti IOC member to be tried in Switzerland for forgery

Geneva - Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a former Kuwaiti minister and one of the most powerful officials in international sports, has been charged in Switzerland with forgery, according to a corroborated media report Saturday.

Football Leaks shines light on Infantino relationship with Swiss prosecutor

Paris - FIFA president Gianni Infantino's "suspicious friendship" with Swiss prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold was brought to light in Football Leaks revelations published on Friday by a consortium of European media, including the French investigative website Mediapar...

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

London - Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday.

Former S.America football boss Napout jailed for nine years in US

New York - The former head of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL, Juan Angel Napout, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal -- a tough punishment the judge said should deter others ...

Mexican TV network Televisa denies bribery allegations

Mexico - Mexican station Televisa hit back on Thursday at a lawsuit filed in New York against the world's biggest Spanish-language network alleging it paid "millions of dollars" in bribes to secure World Cup hosting rights.

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.
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