German football president to run for FIFA post

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) The German Football Federation says its president will run for a seat on FIFA's policy-making executive committee. Wolfgang Niersbach will run to replace Theo Zwanziger, the German who is leaving the post. The election is scheduled during a FIFA congress in May. Niersbach first has to be confirmed by UEFA, the European governing body, in March. Niersbach...
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Asian Football Confederation to celebrate 60 years

MANILA, Philippines (AP) While 2014 won't be considered a vintage year for Asian football, continental organizers still have plenty to celebrate this weekend when they reflect on how far the game has come since 1954. As always, however, politics and controversy will not be too far away. In Manila six decades ago, 12 nations came together to form the Asian Football Confederation...
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Three top FIFA officials under investigation by ethics chief Garcia

Three current FIFA executive committee members are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia following his probe into World Cup bidding, it can be revealed. Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona, Michel D'Hooghe from Belgium and Worawi Makudi from Thailand are among the names being looked at by Garcia for possible ethics code breaches, according to sources close to the...
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Valcke: FIFA faces long road to rebuild reputation, gain public trust

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged Tuesday that it will take ''years to rebuild our reputation'' following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation. But Valcke insisted that Sony and Emirates airline are not ending their FIFA sponsorships to protest against allegations of bribery and favor-seeking that have engulfed...
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Uruguay Football Association Wants Luis Suarez International Ban Reduced Before Copa America

The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) is planning to talk with FIFA in order to have Luis Suarez’s international ban reduced. Although the Barcelona striker can now play for his club, Suarez still has eight matches remaining on his international ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. The president of Uruguay’s FA Wilmar Valdez concedes that it would take a ...
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Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report

Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report - originally posted on Sepp Blatter has been urged to publish the full Michael Garcia report The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly reveal the details of Michael Garcia’s report, that led to the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process. According...
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Israelis said to search Palestinian soccer group

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) An alleged search of the Palestinian Football Association headquarters in the West Bank by the Israeli military was denounced Tuesday by the head of Asia's soccer federation. In Tel Aviv, the military said it hadn't targeted the building and there was no raid there. Asian Football Confederation President Sheik Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa accused...
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German league chief tells Blatter to resign

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) German league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Rauball tells this week's Kicker magazine he ''personally called Mr. Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign.'' Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. Rauball says Blatter...
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German chief phones Blatter to tell him to quit FIFA presidency

Under-fire FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been told to quit the world game's governing body by German football chief Reinhard Rauball. Rauball, the president of the German football league (DFL), has told Kicker that the time has come for Blatter to leave his post, with FIFA currently embroiled in scandal following the partial publication of Michael Garcia's anti-corruption...
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FIFA to reopen World Cup corruption probe on Russia, Qatar bids

FIFA to further review World Cup corruption probe, putting Russia, Qatar back in question. Ethics investigator Michael Garcia has compiled a 430-page report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar, but FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert cleared the countries to host the tournaments. Earlier this week, FIFA president Sepp Blatter rejected FA chairman...
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India's new football league making a big splash

NEW DELHI (AP) The spectators are streaming in, the foreign players are sparkling on the pitch and the organizers are striking the right notes. The Indian Super League seems to have added the zing that football needed in this country of 1.2 billion people, which FIFA chief Sepp Blatter once called ''a sleeping giant.'' But while the new eight-team league featuring...
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Blatter refuses English FA's demand to publish WC report

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected FA chairman Greg ****'s call to publish the Garcia report into allegations of corruption in World Cup bidding. Blatter has replied to a letter from ****, saying publishing the report would break FIFA's rules and Swiss law. Ethics investigator Michael Garcia has compiled a 430-page report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World...
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FIFA Files Criminal Complaint In Swiss Court Over 2018, 2022 World Cup Bids

GENEVA — FIFA filed a criminal complaint against unnamed individuals Tuesday over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar. FIFA said president Sepp Blatter asked Switzerland’s attorney general to investigate the behavior of the unnamed people involved in the bid campaigns. In an apparent move to avert criticism of FIFA, Blatter acted on a request...
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FIFA lodges criminal complaint but World Cups go ahead

FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The move follows a recommendation by FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert as part of his findings into the Garcia investigation on World Cup bidding. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted...
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FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup bids

ZURICH (AP) FIFA has filed a criminal complaint with Switzerland's attorney general about the behavior of unnamed people involved in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he filed the complaint Tuesday at the request of FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert. Eckert says in an interview released by FIFA that it concerns ''suspected...
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6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified’ silence. In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full and thorough review of Michael Garcia’s report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.  In the end, FIFA outdid itself in its spectacularly huge farce. We all...
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FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was, in fact, a practical joke. Instead of releasing Garcia’s real report, FIFA instead...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is UEFA seriously threatening to leave FIFA over corruption report?

Irony and international soccer seem to be a match made in heaven these days. No other example may be greater than a report released on Saturday, suggesting that European soccer governing body UEFA may leave international soccer body FIFA behind. All of it apparently over the failure of FIFA to release the full report of the findings in to corruption allegations regarding the 2018...
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Could a fall or winter World Cup actually help Fox and Telemundo?

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar looks more like a reality, so does an event that could take place either in November or January. If that’s the case, then rightsholders Fox and Telemundo would have to adjust during a sports television landscape that will be quite busy. If the World Cup is scheduled for the fall or winter months, it changes how the networks would sell the event...
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Is the FBI about to investigate FIFA for corruption?

Last week, we reported on former FIFA official Chuck Blazer informing on FIFA for the FBI. This week, CNN is reporting that the FBI is stepping up its own corruption investigation that could land some FIFA officials in hot water. This runs contrary to FIFA’s own report on Thursday that cleared itself of any corruption in the cases of the bids that would give the 2018 and 2022...
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FIFA's corruption probe proves giant waste of time after farcical report

They say never to trust an addict. They also say that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Both idioms seem relevant in the hubbub surrounding Thursday's news that FIFA found nothing sufficiently incriminating in the much-ballyhooed investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process that would merit revisiting the allocations of the tournament to Russia and Qatar...
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FIFA rebukes England, Australia World Cup bids

A FIFA ethics judge has rebuked England and Australia over their failed World Cup bids, using harsher language than directed toward the winning bids from Russia and Qatar. Judge Joachim Eckert found ''potentially problematic facts and circumstances'' in both bids but ruled they did not affect the integrity of the 2010 vote which gave the 2018 World Cup to Russia and...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA expected to clear Qatar on corruption charges

The BBC reports that FIFA is going to clear Qatar of corruption charges based on bidding for the 2022 FIFA World Cup when the FIFA ethics report is published tomorrow morning. Also, the English FA will be in trouble for associating themselves with former FIFA VP, Jack Warner, who resigned due to bribery allegations. After many allegations that Qatar bribed people to vote for them...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA deny Blatter Qatar criticism reports

FIFA has denied reports that president Sepp Blatter stated that Qatar would be stripped of the 2022 World Cup. German […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA rules panel to study video replay options

ZURICH (AP) FIFA says football's rule-making panel is preparing to study options for video replays to help referees. A call by FIFA President Sepp Blatter for coaches to challenge on-field decisions could be assessed when the panel, known as IFAB, meets Nov. 24-25 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Meetings of the full IFAB panel and two new advisory groups will shape the agenda...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss
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