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Friday, July 11th 2014 - 05:53 UTC

UK businessman associated with FIFA and accused of ticket scalping is on the run

Raymond Whelan fled the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel after a judge ordered him and 10 other suspects to be held in detention

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, police said.

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 05:44 UTC

Neymar wants Argentina and his friend Messi and Marchesaono to win the World Cup

“I always said I wanted Argentina to get to the final because Brazil would be there but it never worked out like that,” Neymar told reporters.

Brazil forward Neymar has done the unpredictable once again by revealing he will support Brazil's biggest rivals Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany.

Thursday, July 10th 2014 - 21:43 UTC

FIFA suspends Nigeria from international competition following Lagos meddling with football affairs

Nigeria's soccer president Aminu Maigari was arrested after he returned from Brazil. The government blamed officials for embarrassing the country

FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international competition after soccer leaders were fired by the government following the team’s World Cup exit amid a dispute over player bonuses. The suspension took effect immediately Wednesday, with Nigerian teams and officials barred from international matches and meetings.

Thursday, July 10th 2014 - 21:36 UTC

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal presented by the Uruguayan Football Association

Suarez initially denied biting Chiellini but apologized nearly a week later.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from all soccer activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal, FIFA said.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 - 08:00 UTC

Kerry wishes the Argentine team 'good luck' in the World Cup

The Secretary of State message was motivated by Independence Day

US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the people of Argentina on the country’s Independence Day on July 9 and wished the national team good luck in Brazil’s World Cup.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

Brazil's KO becomes open question for Dilma's re-election and social unrest

TV commentators talked of the “Mineirazo,” after the Mineirao Stadium, with the sports website globoesporte.com calling the defeat the “Shame of Shames.”

Brazilians cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved football team's humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals Tuesday. President Dilma Rousseff twitted how sad she was with defeat but called on Brazilians “we won't let ourselves stay down”.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

World Cup cleared of doping after more than 1.000 negative tests

“We have not found any prohibitive substances... either prior or during competition,” Dvorak said.

Every player tested for drugs at the World Cup in Brazil has been cleared of doping after more than 1,000 tests came back negative, FIFA's medical committee announced on Monday.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014 - 07:35 UTC

FIFA will take no disciplinary action against player who injured Neymar

 The foul of Zuñiga which left Brazil without its main star and scorer

FIFA will not take action against the Colombia player who injured Neymar and ended the Brazil star's World Cup. FIFA said its disciplinary panel “cannot consider this matter” under the rules because the match referee saw the challenge by Camilo Zuniga and judged it at the time.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

FIFA hospitality's provider arrested over World Cup tickets scalping

Raymond Whelan, director of Match Hospitality AG, appointed by FIFA, to sell hospitality packages for all World Cup soccer games

Rio do Janeiro state police said Monday they arrested the head of the soccer world governing body's hospitality provider, accusing him of aiding scalpers who illegally resold World Cup tickets worth an estimated 100 million dollars.

Monday, July 7th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

World Cup tickets resale and investigation becomes major scandal for FIFA

Humberto Grondona son of the Argentine Football Association and FIFA vice-president must present a report

World football governing body FIFA has revealed that the son of Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona, Humberto, must present a report explaining his actions following a scandal over the resale of tickets at the 2014 World Cup.

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