FIFA - the best personalized free web-based Email en en FIFA 2 more members leave FIFA governance panel GENEVA (AP) — In a further blow to FIFA's image under President Gianni Infantino, two more respected members of its governance oversight panel have left following the removal of their chairman last week. Navi Pillay, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and corporate human rights expert Ron Popper, have resigned, FIFA said on Wedn... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:45:00Z Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region's soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC announced the internal probe Wednesday in fallout from the U.S. Department of Justice's sprawling investigation of corruption in international so... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:46:00Z No resolution to Palestinian dispute with Israel at FIFA MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian soccer leaders clashed verbally on Thursday as a resolution to their dispute over the presence of Israeli teams in the West Bank stalled again at the FIFA Congress. A motion to delay a ruling on the dispute was passed by the Congress, effectively postponing any decision on the matter until 2018. The Palestine... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-05-11T20:32:00Z Ousted FIFA ethics prosecutor: 'Several 100 cases' ongoing MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Hundreds of prosecutions of suspected wrongdoing by soccer officials will be affected by President Gianni Infantino firing FIFA's top judge and prosecutor. The ousted investigator, Cornel Borbely, said Wednesday that the workload — heavier than even most FIFA critics imagined — of the ethics committee will be impeded by the firing that Infantino sprung... Wed, 10 May 2017 18:22:00 GMT 2017-05-10T18:22:00Z Infantino slams racist 'idiots,' to speak to victim Muntari MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has decried the "idiots" who directed monkey chants at Sulley Muntari and offered to speak to the Ghanaian soccer player who was initially banned for protesting against racism. Muntari said he was treated like a "criminal" after being shown two yellow cards when he walked off the field during a Serie ... Tue, 09 May 2017 10:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T10:29:00Z Bangladeshi wins seat for Asian women on FIFA Council MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Mahfuza Akhter of Bangladesh has beaten Australian rival Moya Dodd for a seat on the FIFA Council reserved for an Asian woman. Just before the Asian Football Confederation vote Monday, Palestinian and North Korean candidates withdrew. Akhter, a member of the AFC executive committee, has a term through 2019 on the ... Mon, 08 May 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2017-05-08T09:37:00Z LA 2024 bid won't shun Olympic powerbroker accused of bribes LONDON (AP) — When there's an Olympic bid to be won, Casey Wasserman can't risk putting off any voters as Los Angeles challenges Paris for the 2024 Games. That means continuing to engage with a high-profile Olympic powerbroker accused of bribery in soccer politics and not publicly condemning Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait. The Asian Olympic leader hasn't been convi... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:25:00Z Racism scars European soccer with sanctions still often weak As monkey chants boomed around the Italian soccer stadium, Sulley Muntari became more incensed. The Ghanaian player sought out the referee and asked for intervention to silence the fans hurling racist abuse. Referees have the power to stop games and have warning messages amplified at stadiums. Nothing like that happened, though, on Sunday during the Serie A game on the islan... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:47:00Z Lionel Messi appeals 4-match World Cup ban at FIFA ZURICH (AP) — Lionel Messi's appeal against a four-match ban in World Cup qualifying for insulting a referee's assistant was being heard by FIFA on Thursday. Messi, who was to testify by video, is not expected to get an immediate verdict. The FIFA appeals panel typically gives a detailed verdict within weeks in non-urgent cases. Argenti... Thu, 04 May 2017 11:07:00 GMT 2017-05-04T11:07:00Z Swim body monitoring VP's alleged role in FIFA bribery case LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — World swimming body FINA has pledged to "take all measures deemed necessary" after its vice president was implicated in a FIFA bribery case in an American court. "FINA is aware of the media reports concerning the allegations against its first vice president, Husain al-Musallam," the governing body said Wednesday in a statement to The Associated P... Wed, 03 May 2017 13:22:00 GMT 2017-05-03T13:22:00Z FIFA boosts China's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA. The governing body of soccer proposes giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again. In a legal text published Wednesday ahead of next week's FIFA Congress in Bahrain, the go... Wed, 03 May 2017 12:28:00 GMT 2017-05-03T12:28:00Z FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims GENEVA (AP) — Under pressure from allegations in an American federal court that he bribed FIFA voters, Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait resigned from his soccer roles on Sunday. Sheikh Ahmad's move ended his candidacy to retain a seat on FIFA's ruling council before eight days of voting by Asian soccer officials in Bahrain. "I... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT 2017-04-30T16:46:00Z Belgium soccer official doubts Euro 2020 stadium project MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) — Belgium's most senior soccer official doubts that a planned new stadium in Brussels can be ready for the 2020 European Championship. FIFA Council member Michel D'Hooghe told The Associated Press on Friday that time was running out to solve political problems with the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project. "If t... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:37:00Z FIFA audit official admits bribery in US federal probe MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) — The sprawling American investigation of bribery and corruption in international soccer has reached into Asia and claimed the first guilty plea from a senior official in the new FIFA leadership. A member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, Richard Lai of Guam, was provisionally suspended Friday by the football organization... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:39:00Z FIFA prosecutors want 4-year ban for Caribbean soccer leader ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics prosecutors have asked for Caribbean soccer leader Gordon Derrick to be banned for at least four years for financial offenses. The judging chamber of the FIFA ethics committee says it opened a formal case against Derrick, the Caribbean Football Union president, based on the prosecutors' final investigation report. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-04-28T13:59:00Z Asia-based FIFA official pleads guilty to corruption charges NEW YORK (AP) — An Asia-based FIFA official has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges relating to bribery and corruption in elections for soccer's world governing body. Guam Football Association President Richard Lai, who is a member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee and is on the Asian Football Confederation's executive board, pleaded guilty in a federal courthou... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:49:00 GMT 2017-04-28T05:49:00Z French authorities investigate 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids PARIS (AP) — French financial prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have heard former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. A person with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday that France's financial prosecutor services (PNF) opened the investigation on grounds of private corruption, criminal assoc... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-04-27T21:21:00Z FIFA fines Albania $100,000 for fan disorder in Italy ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined the Albanian soccer federation 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,500) for improper conduct by fans who forced a World Cup qualifying match in Italy to be stopped. Play was delayed for nine minutes in Palermo last month when Albania fans threw flares on the field despite warnings earlier in the game. Albania's fine ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-04-27T17:39:00Z FIFA confirms video replays for 2018 World Cup in Russia SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — FIFA has confirmed that video replays will be used at the World Cup for the first time in 2018. FIFA President Gianni Infantino had already stated that he wanted the technology to be used in Russia, and now he has ended any doubt. Speaking in Santiago, Infantino said "at the 2018 World Cup we will have video refer... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-04-26T21:42:00Z Wales defender Taylor banned for 2 games for harsh tackle ZURICH (AP) — Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two World Cup qualifying games for a red-card tackle that broke the leg of an Ireland opponent. The Welsh soccer federation said Wednesday that the FIFA disciplinary panel imposed the ban. Taylor, who plays for Swansea, will miss matches at Serbia on June 11 and against Austria on Sept. 2. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:15:00Z Atletico Madrid at CAS to fight FIFA transfer ban LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Atletico Madrid officials were at sport's highest court on Monday to challenge a FIFA transfer ban that prevents the club from signing any players in the coming offseason. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is hearing the appeal, but said a verdict is not expected immediately. Atletico and FIFA previously agreed to seek a CAS ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:15:00Z Former FIFA head Blatter quizzed by US, Swiss investigators ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter has met with U.S. Department of Justice investigators and insists he is not a suspect in their bribery and corruption case linked to FIFA. "I was never a person of interest or under scrutiny by the American justice. Never," the former FIFA president said on Friday. Blatter's most recent contact "with lawyers f... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:17:00Z FIFA life ban for Costa Rican official Li in bribery case ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's ethics committee has banned for life the former Costa Rica soccer federation president Eduardo Li for taking bribes. The decision was announced on Friday. Li already made guilty pleas in Brooklyn federal court last October to charges of racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies. A U.S. Department o... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:48:00 GMT 2017-04-21T15:48:00Z The Latest: Soccer leader 'deeply disturbed' by bus blasts DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the explosions near the bus carrying German soccer team Borussia Dortmund (all times local): 12:00 a.m. The head of European soccer's governing body is expressing shock over the explosive devices that damaged a team bus and left a player injured. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-04-11T22:12:00Z US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process GENEVA (AP) — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next month in Bahrain at its annual congress. The proposa... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-04-11T14:33:00Z Joining bid with Mexico could help US gain FIFA support NEW YORK (AP) — A final on or around the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Modern stadiums across the United States and perhaps in Mexico and Canada, too. A North American World Cup in 2026 with 48 nations would be far larger and played in almost all different venues than the 24-team event the U.S. hosted in 1994. So... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:16:00Z Russia accuses FIFA of overcharging on World Cup TV rights MOSCOW (AP) — Host Russia has accused FIFA of overcharging for TV rights for next year's World Cup to cover financial difficulties. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday that FIFA has asked for $120 million from Russian TV channels, up from $32 million paid by Russia for the 2014 World Cup, in comments reported by state news agency Tass. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:53:00 GMT 2017-04-08T14:53:00Z FIFA losses hit $369M in 2016; targeting $1B profit for 2018 ZURICH (AP) — FIFA finances showed a loss of $369 million last year as American and Swiss corruption investigations added legal costs to the soccer body's budget and scared off sponsors. An even bigger loss is expected next year, FIFA said Friday after publishing its 2016 accounts, which reflect a new way of reporting income. FIFA expec... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T14:51:00Z FIFA lifts Qatari official's 1-year ban on appeal ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA appeal committee says Saoud Al-Mohannadi of Qatar was wrongly barred as a FIFA Council election candidate last year. FIFA says its appeal panel lifted a one-year ban imposed on Al-Mohannadi last November for failing to cooperate with a previous, unspecified ethics investigation. His case emerged last September, da... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT 2017-04-06T15:00:00Z FIFA turns to China again for sponsorship, with Hisense deal ZURICH (AP) — Racing to find sponsors for the 2018 World Cup following corruption scandals, FIFA has again found help in China — this time with consumer electronics firm Hisense. The 16-month deal announced Thursday by Hisense's British division is unusually short for FIFA, which typically looks for contracts of at least two World Cups. ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:08:00 GMT 2017-04-06T10:08:00Z