FIFA recommends firing top Ethics Committee members who are tasked to investigate FIFA

Welcome to the new FIFA, same as the old FIFA.At least that’s what it appeared to be yesterday as FIFA recommended firing Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely, the two highest ranking chairmen of FIFA’s Ethics Committee and two people who had investigated and had taken down former President Sepp Blatter as well as many others within FIFA for various counts of corruption. The...
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May 10, 2017  |  Discuss

FIFA says it lost $369 million in 2016, which is a lot (if that’s what happened)

FIFA continues to take hits from investigations into its rampant corruption. The soccer organization reported $369 million in losses for 2016, mainly due to legal costs from the investigations and sponsors keeping their distance in the wake of a tumultuous time.Now, it’s not uncommon for FIFA to lose money in the two years before the World Cup. But this loss is larger than usual...
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April 07, 2017  |  Discuss

FIFA president campaigning for World Cup team expansion

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to include just a few more teams in the FIFA World Cup and has an interesting suggestion on how to make it happen. Here’s Infantino’s pitch: 48 teams would qualify for the FIFA World Cup, with 32 team teams facing off in knockout matches. Those 16 winners would continue on into the tournament’s group stage along with the 16 seeded teams...
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October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

What Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura’s appointment means for FIFA

FIFA President Gianni Infantino named a shocking candidate as his secretary general. In FIFA’s 66th Congress in Mexico City, Infantino named Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as his second in command for soccer’s governing body. This is a shock because Samoura is a soccer and FIFA outsider (has worked for the UN since 1995), is the first non-European and first female...
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May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Blatter: North, South Americans to blame for FIFA corruption

Speaking on a panel at the University of Basel entitled “Reforming FIFA,” suspended former FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke (which is ridiculous to begin with) about what he believed the problems were inside the embattled organization and how he would fix it. Blatter: "All that corruption was the fault of Americans, south and north." — Keir Radnedge (@KeirRadnedge...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

New FIFA President says World Cups in Russia and Qatar are staying put

There was some hope that with the election of Gianni Infantino as the new FIFA President that the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 would move to new sites. But reality has set in and Infantino has announced that the hosts will not change and FIFA is forging ahead with the planning for both events. Russia and Qatar were selected in a controversial vote in 2010 with...
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March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter blames America and the media for his suspension

As FIFA President Sepp Blatter contemplates his final days in office, he’s going out in typical Blatter style, with a lot of bombast and vitriol. He’s about to serve an eight-year suspension which was imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee in December. And as he watches the election of a new president, Blatter is going out with guns blazing. In an interview with French network...
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February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

The BBC’s in negotiations to hold a FIFA presidential debate

The idea of a FIFA presidential debate has intrigued more than just one network. ESPN was reportedly pursuing a debate in late December, sending invitations to all of the five confirmed candidates. They’ve now pulled out thanks to lackluster response from the candidates, but Inside World Football reports that the BBC may step in: Negotiations are under way for the BBC to stage...
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January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter blames U.S. for his eight-year FIFA ban

Sepp Blatter was handed a lengthy ban by FIFA on Monday, and he is blaming the United States for his current predicament. “If we had awarded the World Cup in 2022 to the USA, we would not be here,” Blatter said during a press conference Monday, via USA TODAY Sports. That won’t do him much good now after he was banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee, along...
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Majority of FIFA sponsors demanding independent review on reforms

Since the FIFA corruption scandal began earlier this year, many of FIFA’s sponsors have expressed concern and even went so far as demanding the removal of Sepp Blatter as FIFA President. Now, these same sponsors are going to FIFA’s executive committee to demand “independent oversight” within the FIFA reform committee. In a letter sent to the executive committee, Adidas,...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

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