Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 06:02 UTC

Falklands' makes its debut among Argentine fans in the America Cup

The Argentine fans share with their English counterparts a history of violence and excesses

The America Copa (Cup) currently being played in Chile, and the region's national teams main football competition, has not been without incidents. The one that has attracted most headlines, so far, was the host's leading squad player, Arturo Vidal who went on public television to apologize for drunk driving after crashing his Ferrari.

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 05:01 UTC

Switzerland pulling the noose: evidence of 53 FIFA suspicious banking reports

Switzerland’s attorney general Michael Lauber is leading the investigation into criminal mismanagement and money laundering within FIFA

Swiss authorities say they have evidence of 53 suspicious FIFA-linked banking relations reported by Swiss banks. Under the Anti-Money-Laundering Framework of Switzerland, banks are required to report any suspicious activity that happens within their accounts. Some of the 53 suspicious reports are among 104 banking relations already known by the investigators.

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 04:51 UTC

ITUC challenges football associations and sponsors to push for independent FIFA reform commission

”Sponsors should make this reform commission a condition of any continued relationship with FIFA” according to Sharan Burrow

The International Trade Unions Congress, ITUC is calling on national football associations to push for genuine reform of FIFA through the establishment of an independent commission, and not merely accept that FIFA can suddenly reform itself under a leadership which has failed to end corruption after years of multi-million dollar scandals

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.

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