International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has issued his strongest critique of FIFA and urged the scandal-tainted federation to seek a credible external presidential candidate to regain credibility.
The president of the African football confederation Issa Hayatou steps up to replace Sepp Blatter who was on Thursday suspended for 90 days over corruption allegations. Blatter was provisionally suspended for 90 days along with secretary general Jerome Valcke and UEFA chief Michel Platini.
Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, was facing a potential suspension this week as the independent ethics committee of world soccer’s governing body deliberated on whether to remove him, at least temporarily, while Swiss authorities investigate him for possible corruption.
Thanks to an alliance between the British Embassy and Corpartes, renowned British theatre company The Globe will present William Shakespeare’s ‘Much ado about nothing’ at the Centro de las Artes 660 / CA660 in Santiago de Chile. The play will be on stage from 9 to 11 October, sponsored by the British government’s GREAT Campaign.
The organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are making cutbacks of up to 30% to avoid going over the $3.6bn dollars budget. Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada said the Brazilian public would not tolerate an overspend.
On Friday Ecuador kick-off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a tough game against Argentina in Buenos Aires, and 24 year old RENATO IBARRA is hoping that he will be selected to play from the very beginning of the game and not have to sit on the bench as a substitute which has been his fate for sometime now.
President Michel Platini says a payment to him being looked into by Swiss authorities was for work carried out under contract at FIFA. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been questioned by Swiss federal police over alleged financial corruption. The attorney general's office in Switzerland said it has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over possible criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA money.
The extradition proceedings against Jack Warner, a former vice-president of football's world governing body FIFA, are to go ahead after being approved by Trinidad's attorney general. Untied States wants to try Mr. Warner, 72, a Trinidadian national, on corruption charges. He is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties until further notice. A Fifa statement said it had been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general.
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch won’t say if outgoing president Sepp Blatter is a target of an expanding probe into FIFA corruption, but anticipated she expects more charges against individuals and entities.