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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.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Blatter a victim of conspiracy from “behind scenes”, claims daughter Corinne

“All these things happened just to discredit him so that he would resign. But I can tell you in about [two or three] weeks no one will talk about it anymore”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the victim of a conspiracy from “behind the scenes”, daughter Corinne Blatter told the BBC amid the corruption crisis gripping world football. Her comments come as key FIFA officials face a string of bribery charges. Blatter, who has been re-elected as Fifa president, has not been implicated but faces calls to stand down.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:06 UTC

South American relief: FIFA leaves allocation of World Cup slots unchanged

Uruguay has benefitted with the half place, since the team has to play off over two legs against a team from another continent for a place in the finals.

Good news for South America: FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blatter said during the first meeting of the new Executive Committee in Zurich.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 09:27 UTC

FIFA case: US investigator 'fairly confident' of another round of indictments

“I'm fairly confident that we will have another round of indictments,” Weber told the NY Times on Friday.

Richard Weber, the United States Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) leader of criminal investigations, told The New York Times he was fairly confident that there would be another round of indictments, following on the 14 FIFA officials accused of racketeering and accepting $150 million in bribes to rig marketing contracts and the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 09:15 UTC

Interpol and Argentine police raid sports media office linked to FIFA scandal

TyC had rights over Argentine football broadcasts, and allegedly bribed late AFA head Grondona to win worldwide rights to broadcast Copa America editions

Interpol and Argentine federal police officers conducted a raid at the San Telmo offices of Torneos y Competencias, the sports media company directed by Alejandro Burzaco, one of the three Argentine citizens indicted by the US in the corruption scheme that involves FIFA.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 01:39 UTC

Interpol after Argentine promoters linked to FIFA corruption case

Judge Martínez de Giorgi issued arrest warrants after prosecutor Delgado filed three writs arguing that the accused should not be exempt from arrest.

Argentine judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi has approved the arrest of three Argentine business leaders named in a corruption scandal engulfing world football and facing US extradition requests, though he acknowledged he did not know if they were in the country. The businessmen were considered fugitives from justice on Thursday after Interpol was unable to locate them at their residences.

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