Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

Interpol suspends $29m agreement with FIFA to fight illegal betting and match-fixing

 “While Interpol is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport program, I have decided to suspend the agreement” said Interpol's Jürgen Stock

Interpol has suspended its $29 million agreement to fight illegal betting and match-fixing amid the bribery allegations engulfing world football’s governing body. The 10-year deal was struck in May 2011 and under the agreement, Interpol was to have received 4 million Euros in each of the first two years, followed by 1.5 million Euros in each of the following eight.

Friday, June 12th 2015 - 05:42 UTC

FIFA communications director ousted; former Brazilian star wants Blatter's job

“Walter has worked incredibly hard for the past four years and we are immensely grateful for all he has done,” Jérôme Valcke said in a statement.

The director of communications & public affairs at FIFA has stepped down with immediate effect. FIFA announced on June 11, via release, that Walter de Gregorio would be stepping down and serving on a “consultancy basis” through the calendar year. De Gregorio joined FIFA in September 2011.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

“Football is a game, but is also a massive business” and people want it to operate with integrity

“The United States … we want to make sure that a sport that’s gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner” said President Obama

President Barack Obama weighed in on the deepening corruption scandal involving world soccer's governing body, saying it was essential that the sport's integrity be ensured.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Argentine businessman indicted by US in FIFA corruption case, turns in Italy

After the U.S. indictment alleged Burzaco received bribes for signing lucrative broadcasting deals for Copa America tournaments, he was unable to be found.

Of the 14 people indicted by the United States in the FIFA corruption case, five members are businessmen that worked for various sports marketing and consulting companies that dealt extensively with the world's football organization.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:28 UTC

FIFA admits 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts could change because of the ongoing investigation

Domenico Scala said if evidence of wrongdoing is found by the ongoing criminal investigations, rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup could be stripped.

Head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee says World Cup hosts could change as a result of ongoing investigation. Domenico Scala says if any evidence of wrongdoing is found by the ongoing criminal investigations into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the rights to host the tournament could be stripped.

Friday, June 5th 2015 - 04:27 UTC

Henry's handball blessed Ireland with US$ 5m and France a place in South Africa 2010

The US$ 5m cash from FIFA was first disclosed in public on Thursday by Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.

The latest revelations of allegations of irregular payments by FIFA have brought Ireland, South Africa and Venezuela under the spotlight. In effect a FIFA official has admitted Ireland received 5 million dollars in compensation for missing out on a place at the 2010 World Cup after a handball by player Thierry Henry gave France victory and a place in South Africa.

Thursday, June 4th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Whistleblower Blazer admitted receiving bribes for hosts of 1998 and 2010 World Cups

Blazer also said he was involved in bribes around 1992 in the vote for the 1998 World Cup host, won by France over Morocco 12-7.

Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others on the governing body's ruling panel agreed to receive bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 - 02:06 UTC

Blatter resigns but says will remain in control until successor's election

“That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul”, said Blatter in a brief statement in French.

Sepp Blatter, who four days ago was re-elected for a fifth four-year term as president of FIFA, the world football's governing body announced on Tuesday in Zurich that he would resign his position and lay down his mandate at an extraordinary elective congress to be held later in the year.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:18 UTC

FIFA scandal points to Valcke, as 'high ranking official' in US$ 10m transfer

“Due to the current situation“, FIFA's Valcke ”will not be attending the opening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015”, said an official release

The ongoing FIFA scandal has prompted FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to skip the opening news conference of the Women’s World Cup. As of Sunday evening, Valcke had been slated to attend Thursday’s event in Vancouver along with Canadian and other officials. But that changed Monday afternoon.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:20 UTC

South Africa admits paying 10m dollars, but it was not a bribe “to secure 2010 World Cup”

Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa's FA, is quoted as confirming that the amount was deducted from a FIFA payment to the country in 2008.

South Africa did pay 10m dollars to a football body led by Jack Warner, a figure at the centre of FIFA corruption allegations, local media say. Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa's FA, is quoted as confirming that the amount was deducted from a FIFA payment to the country in 2008.

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