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.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:20 UTC

Without a wink of remorse, Blatter celebrates FIFA's fifth re-election victory

Neither Blatter nor Jordanian challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein got the necessary two thirds of the vote in the first round

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by US, Swiss and other law enforcement agencies.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:56 UTC

Argentine football and government pledge support for investigation and call for transparency

Grondona, who passed away in July 2014 having been at the helm of Argentine football since 1979, could have taken a total of US$15m in illicit payments.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) issued on Thursday a press release in support of the US led investigation into FIFA and called for transparency in football, adding it joins the efforts to investigate corruption in the sport.

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:45 UTC

Led by former star Romario, Brazilian Senate opens formal inquiry into country's football

Romario: “There's no other alternative. Either these guys all go to prison or they will continue sucking the blood out of Brazilian football until its death”

Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a U.S. bribery probe. The country's Senate, led by former national soccer star Romario, who is now a prominent legislator, moved to open a formal inquiry into alleged bribes paid to obtain contracts with the Brazilian Soccer Federation (CBF).

Friday, May 29th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Putin claims US seeks to derail Russia's 2018 World Cup plans

The Russian president's comments came former UEFA president Lennart Johannsen backed calls for Russia to be stripped of the tournament

Russian president Vladimir Putin waded into the FIFA scandal by accusing the United States of interfering in FIFA affairs after the US Justice Department ordered Swiss police to arrest seven senior FIFA officials on Wednesday. They were among nine current and former FIFA officials indicted.


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