Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 06:11 UTC

UEFA meets on Thursday in a bid to postpone FIFA presidential election

UEFA added Friday's meeting of FIFA's members risked turning into “a farce” and said it could even boycott the gathering.

European football's leaders are to meet on Thursday in a bid to postpone FIFA's presidential election. UEFA said Friday's vote should not go ahead after bribery and racketeering charges were laid against senior officials in football's governing body. “These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in FIFA's culture,” UEFA said.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 05:56 UTC

FIFA's key sponsor express “serious concern” following corruption allegations

FIFA's sponsors such as Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa, Sony, Gazprom and Hyundai/KIA have faced increasing calls to put pressure on FIFA

Key sponsors of FIFA have expressed “serious concern” after the US accused senior officials of football's governing body of racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Coca-Cola said the World Cup had been “tarnished” by “lengthy controversy”.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 05:40 UTC

US formalizes extradition request of three Argentines allegedly involved in FIFA investigation

Even when no names were mentioned the FIFA corruption case has three Argentines involved, Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis.

Argentina's foreign ministry confirmed late Wednesday that United States had officially requested the extradition of three Argentine citizens allegedly involved in the US Justice Department investigation into FIFA corrupt dealings.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 01:17 UTC

Blatter “welcomes investigations” into such “misconduct that has no place in football”

“We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us”, said Blatter.

FIFA chief Joseph Blatter in a brief statement said on Wednesday afternoon that “we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities” and further on emphasized that “such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game”•

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 01:14 UTC

FIFA rules out re-vote on Russia and Qatar and says Friday's congress 'will go ahead'

Walter de Gregorio, FIFA’s communications director, told a press conference in Zurich that world football’s governing body would not consider a re-vote.

FIFA has ruled out a re-vote on awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar as Swiss authorities prepare to question ten executive committee members about the corruption-tainted bidding process.

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 00:18 UTC

“Red Card” for 14 FIFA and sports marketing officials

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch laid out charges against FIFA officials, who used the US financial system for bribes and kickbacks

The United States Department of Justice brought charges on racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering on 14 FIFA and sports marketing officials. Dubbed the “World Cup of corruption” by Richard Weber, chief of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit, the charges are the result of an investigation from the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Eastern New York.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 - 14:46 UTC

Platini blasts Blatter for 'lying' and supports Prince Ali ahead of FIFA's Friday election

“I have the unpleasant feeling of having given my support on the basis of a lie,” Platini told the French newspaper L'Equipe

UEFA president Michel Platini blasted Sepp Blatter for lying about his pledge to step down in 2015 and throws his support behind presidential challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Blatter expected to retain FIFA's presidential chair in next Friday's election

After 17 years as FIFA chief, Blatter's stranglehold of support in world football’s six regional confederations is clear.

Unless something dramatic happens, Sepp Blatter will on Friday emerge victorious from his latest FIFA presidential battle. Despite the challenge from Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the 79-year-old Swiss is widely expected to secure the majority of votes of the 209 member federations in the secret ballot, reports World Football Insider.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:12 UTC

Iconic London 2012 Games symbol decorates Rio 2016 Olympics Park

The choice of Madureira Park as the “home” of the Olympic Rings complies with the Municipality’s concept of integrating the whole of Rio with the Games.

The most iconic symbol of the Olympic Games is decorating the city for the Rio 2016 Games. City Hall has installed giant Olympic Rings in Madureira Park, ahead of the largest sporting event in the world.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

FIFA Election: ITUC back Prince Ali on human rights commitments

Jordan’s Prince Ali has re-affirmed commitment on labour and human rights and was the first in 2013 calling for FIFA to act on workers’ rights abuses

The International trade Union Confederation is calling on FIFA delegates to support Jordan’s Prince Ali in this week’s election for FIFA President, following Ali’s re-affirmed commitment on labour and other human rights. The other two challengers to incumbent Joseph Blatter, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag have withdrawn from the race.

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