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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...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eckert, Garcia to meet amid FIFA probe crisis

GENEVA (AP) The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray. The whereabouts of the meeting between FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and prosecutor Michael Garcia is a secret - as are, against the American lawyer's wishes, his...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA ethics judge Eckert to meet with Garcia amid FIFA probe crisis

GENEVA -- The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray. The whereabouts of the meeting between FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and prosecutor Michael Garcia is a secret - as is, against the American lawyer's wishes, his investigation...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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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5 days ago  |  Discuss

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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5 days ago  |  Discuss

World Cup controversy takes another twist as FIFA lodges criminal complaint

Just when we thought the bizzare story of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process couldn’t get any stranger. Just a day after releasing a report on the full investigation headed by Michael Garcia, FIFA has now turned over that report for criminal prosecution by the Swiss Attorney General. The world governing body issued the following statement about criminal prosecutions: ...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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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5 days ago  |  Discuss

FA chairman Greg **** demands 'urgent action' by FIFA over corruption report

Football Association chairman Greg **** has written to every FIFA executive committee member calling for "urgent action" to ensure ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report into World Cup bidding is published in full. ****'s action follows Garcia's move to appeal against the decision by FIFA ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert to clear Russia and Qatar...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via World Soccer Talk
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via World Soccer Talk
8 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...
Via Bloguin Best
8 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...
Via 32 Flags
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Awful Announcing
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 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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11 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 […]
Via Soccer News
13 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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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Riot police protect FIFA president Sepp Blatter from student protests

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been protected by riot police from student demonstrators while making a speech at a university in the football body's home city. Zurich daily 20 Minuten published pictures of students letting off a red smoke bomb inside ETH university near a hall where Blatter spoke late Tuesday. His lecture was on the subject, "Football as a school of life...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Riot police protect Blatter from student protests

ZURICH (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been protected by riot police from student demonstrators while making a speech at a university in the football body's home city. Zurich daily 20 Minuten published pictures of students letting off a red smoke bomb inside ETH university near a hall where Blatter spoke late Tuesday. His lecture was on the subject, ''Football as...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA exec was informant investigating FIFA for FBI

The New York Daily News has a very thorough account of how former FIFA Executive Committee and top CONCACAF member, Chuck Blazer, became an informant for the FBI in order to gain information on possible crimes committed by other high members of FIFA. The entire article in the New York Daily News is informative and is a must read. In case you are limited in time and cannot read...
Via 32 Flags
21 days ago  |  Discuss

France, South Korea bid to host 2019 Women's World Cup

ZURICH -- Football delegates from France and South Korea have handed over their bid documents to FIFA for the 2019 women's World Cup. France and South Korea are also bidding for the 2018 under-20 women's World Cup, with FIFA's executive committee to decide on one winner for both competitions in March. FIFA's Sepp Blatter says ''I'm a very happy President...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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