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Swiss Alps apartments among assets seized in FIFA probe

Zurich (AFP) – Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at FIFA, Switzerland’s attorney general said Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached “halftime.” Switzerland’s investigation targeting the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups began in May, after […]

US expects more people will be charged in FIFA probe

Zurich (AFP) – The US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that she expects more people will be charged as part of her office’s probe into graft at world football governing body FIFA. “We do anticipate additional charges against individuals,” Lynch said of the investigation which has so far targeted […]

FIFA presidential candidate accuses body of ignoring fraud favoring Platini

Seoul (AFP) – South Korean FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon on Friday accused soccer’s governing body of overlooking an “election fraud” favoring rival and front-runner Michel Platini. Chung claimed last week that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had sent “unsolicited” letters to almost every AFC member association supporting Platini’s candidacy. He […]

Plan from FIFA ethics chief calls for presidential term limits

FIFA’s ethics chief on Thursday fired the opening salvo in the campaign to reform the scandal-tainted world governing body of soccer, calling for its president to serve a maximum of three terms. Term limits, disclosing the salaries of FIFA presidents and executive members, a clearer organization of football’s world governing […]

Analyzing Ireland’s slump over the last decade

The Republic of Ireland football team have slowly but surely regressed over the last decade, a lucky qualification for Euro 2012 had covered up many cracks in the system but two consecutive (potential) fourth place finishes in qualifying and currently sitting 52nd in the somewhat flawed FIFA rankings isn’t good reading for […]

Choice quotes from US Senate panel hearing into soccer corruption

On Wednesday in Washington D.C., the US Senate panel hearing took place into corruption in international soccer chaired by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security. Those in attendance were investigative journalist and filmmaker Andrew Jennings, Dan Flynn, CEO and secretary-general of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Michael Hershman, president […]

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FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini and Valcke from soccer-related activities for 90 days

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke have all been provisionally suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, after being investigated over corruption allegations. The three are banned from any soccer-related activity in the interim. They deny any wrongdoing. While Valcke has already […]

Who is Issa Hayatou, world soccer’s acting FIFA President?

Now that Sepp Blatter, the most powerful man in world soccer, has been suspended from all soccer-related activities for the next 90 days, Issa Hayatou will serve as the interim FIFA President until a new one is appointed in February 2016 when the FIFA presidential elections happen. But up until now, […]

We, soccer’s fans, are to blame for FIFA’s corruption

Today’s news that the German soccer federation could have been involved in bribery around the 2006 World Cup will shake many people to the core. It is easy to point to nations with a history of abuse (Qatar) or corruption (Russia), or individuals with suspicious pasts, and say that they are […]

FIFA watchdog: We must accept ‘corruption is systemic’ in soccer

Corruption is “systemic” in soccer, the head of FIFA’s audit watchdog said Thursday, calling for soccer’s world body to be more transparent in its reform moves. “We have to accept that corruption is systemic in football. If we accept this, we can solve the problem,” Domenico Scala, head of FIFA’s independent […]