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Friday, July 17th 2015 - 07:44 UTC

The man who silenced Maracana in 1950 passes away with full honors

Ghiggia at the time was 22 and admits on scoring the second decisive goal (2 -1) he didn't realize until much later what a monumental feat had been achieved.

“Only three people silenced Maracana: the Pope, Frank Sinatra and me”. The comment belongs to Alcides Ghiggia, Uruguay's last member and striker of the team that beat Brazil in the World Football Cup final of 1950 and thus winning the Jules Rimet Cup. It would be Uruguay's second world cup: the first in 1930 when it beat Argentina.

Friday, July 17th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

Comparing FIFA to the mafia “is almost insulting to the mafia”. US Senate grills soccer federation

“The fact of the matter is that what has been revealed so far is a mafia-style crime syndicate in charge of this sport” said Senator Blumenthal

Comparing FIFA to the mafia is “almost insulting to the mafia”, a US senator said, turning up the heat on football's corruption-tainted world governing body to reform. Richard Blumenthal made the remark at a Senate subcommittee hearing scrutinizing FIFA, after US authorities in May indicted 14 people - including top football officials over tens of millions of dollars of alleged bribes for media rights contracts.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Chile official involved in 2018/2022 World Cup inspections, suspended by FIFA

“I wonder why FIFA publishes a sanction that has outstanding resources, as this may be modified by higher courts”, said Harold Mayne-Nicholls

The official chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates was banned from football for seven years for breaking ethics rules. FIFA’s ethics committee gave no reason for its decision to suspend Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former president of Chile’s soccer federation who is disputing the sanction.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

Falklands' competitors win three medals in Islands Games at Jersey

Proud Falklands competitors Dave Peck, Mark Lewis and Graham Didlick won silver medals (Pic C. Eynon by PN)

Falklands competitors took home 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal which they won at the 16th International Island Games which were held on the Channel Island of Jersey. The Falklands football team also retained the ‘Small Islands Cup’ which they won in Bermuda 2 years ago, beating the Norwegian island of Hitra 2-1.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

ITUC appeal to FC Barcelona voting members to end Qatar Airways sponsorship

“As one of the richest sports team in the world, Barcelona does not need Qatar’s blood money tainting its shirt”, said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow

The ITUC has called on FC Barcelona “socios” (voting members) and fans to end the club’s Qatar Airways sponsorship, saying that the airline is the very worst sponsor for a club with a 100-year tradition of democracy and universality.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 06:55 UTC

US asks Switzerland for extradition of seven FIFA officials on bribery charges

The list includes former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo from Uruguay (L)

The United States asked Switzerland on Thursday to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) announced.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 05:45 UTC

FIFA chief Blatter convinced he's “clean” and one day will go to heaven

“But if anybody calls me corrupt because FIFA is corrupt, I can only shake my head. Everybody who says something like that should go to jail” said Blatter

Sepp Blatter, president of the world soccer governing body FIFA that is embroiled in corruption investigations, has told a German magazine he has a 'clean and clear' conscience and believes he will “go to heaven one day”.

Monday, June 29th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

End of Copa America for Chile's “Finger of God” Jara: three matches suspension

The controversial incident between Chile'a Jara and Uruguay's striker Edison Cavani

Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the current Copa America after being suspended for three matches for sticking his finger up an opponent's backside and feigning injury during a match.

Thursday, June 25th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Irish players deny receiving bribes not to injure Messi, as was reported by La Nacion

“The Football Association of Ireland completely refutes allegations made about the Republic of Ireland v Argentina friendly match in La Nacion as baseless”.

An Argentine newspaper has claimed that Irish players received bribes not to injure Lionel Messi at the opening game in the Aviva Stadium in 2010, but the story has been dismissed in the strongest possible terms by the Irish football association, FAI. According to La Nacion, a Fifa official was forced to go to extraordinary lengths to bring the Barcelona superstar and his team mates to Dublin.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Conmebol with no access to funds to pay for prizes and teams' lodgings

Napout has serious problems in collecting the 10 million dollars needed for the Cup prizes plus lodging expenses, revealed Uruguay's Wilmar Valdez

The current edition of the Americas Cup, the main football competition of South America organized every four years by the South American Football Confederation, Conmebol, and which this year is being hosted by Chile, apparently does not have the funds to pay for prizes and for the lodging of the twelve national teams involved.

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