Wednesday, January 6th 2016 - 12:10 UTC

FIFA recommends nine-year ban from football for secretary general Valcke

Valcke allegedly was involved in a scheme to sell Brazil 2014 tournament tickets at three times face value and take a cut of the profits.

FIFA investigators have recommended a nine-year ban from football for suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke for seven alleged ethics violations. Suspended in September over allegations linking him to a 2014 World Cup ticketing scam, Valcke’s provisional 90-day suspension expires on Tuesday.

Thursday, December 31st 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Switzerland hands bank documents from FIFA corruption to US prosecutors

Information regarding 50 accounts from 10 different banks were given to U.S. authorities, each suspected of being used to route bribes to FIFA officials.

Swiss authorities have handed over the first round of bank documents seized in their FIFA corruption investigation to U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday. The Federal Office of Justice in Switzerland says the documents relate to “bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the USA.”

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

FIFA signs first sponsorship deal (since corruption scandal) with China's Alibaba Group

The announcement in Japan includes the current tournament in Tokyo, featuring the top clubs from the world’s six football confederations

FIFA has signed its first sponsorship deal since the corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body. The eight-year agreement with Chinese company Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, is for the Club World Cup spanning 2015 through 2022.

Saturday, December 12th 2015 - 04:09 UTC

Infantino will lead UEFA's Euro 2016 draw in Paris; Platini's 90 day ban stands

CAS said that “maintaining the provisional suspension for the remainder of the 90 days does not cause irreparable harm to Michel Platini at this point in time”.

Michel Platini cannot take part in UEFA’s Euro 2016 draw in Paris on Saturday after losing his appeal against a 90-day FIFA ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The decision Friday means he also won’t be able to participate in the UEFA Executive Committee meeting before the draw.

Thursday, December 10th 2015 - 12:01 UTC

Brazilian congress joins FIFA investigation; CBF former head will give evidence next week

Senator Romario, a former top goal-scorer, said Marco Polo Del Nero, “has given a commitment that he will appear before the Senate next Wednesday”.

A former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) who was indicted in the United States last week in an investigation into corruption in FIFA and the business of soccer, has agreed to give evidence to Brazil's Congress, Senator Romario said on Wednesday.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 07:49 UTC

Uruguay's former football chief Bauza, only Conmebol member not indicted

Uruguay's Sebastian Bauza so far is out of the FBI investigation, and feels 'very calm' about all the proceedings, including those in Montevideo

Of the ten presidents from South America's football confederation, Conmebol, during the period under investigation by the FBI, only two had not been indicted until Thursday: Uruguay's Sebastian Bauza and Ecuador's Luis Chriboga. However US Attorney General Loretta Lynch included Chriboga in the latest list of allegedly 16 indictments.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

FIFA corruption: new round of arrests of South American football officials

The indicted include the president of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), Juan Angel Napout from Paraguay.

Sixteen more top football officials were charged in a dramatic widening of the FIFA corruption scandal on Thursday, as US prosecutors vowed to leave no stone unturned in their quest to root out graft. Several senior FIFA officials from the past or present were named in a 92-count US Justice Department indictment which came after a series of dawn raids at a luxury hotel in Zurich hosting FIFA officials.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 11:26 UTC

Amnesty presses FIFA on Qatar's 'rampant migrant labor abuse'

“Qatar’s persistent labor reform delays are a recipe for human rights disaster,” said Mustafa Qadri, Gulf migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International.

Five years to the day since Qatar secured 2022 World Cup hosting rights, Amnesty International says the Gulf nation has done little to “address rampant migrant labor abuse”. Qatar has made pledges for labor reforms and the 2022 World Cup committee has introduced a workers’ charter. But the kafala system of tied employment has yet to be overhauled to ease restrictions on workers’ rights.

Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 09:10 UTC

South American football association revolving door at full steam

CONMEBOL confirmed on Thursday that Del Nero will be replaced by Fernando Sarney (Pic) who is expected to travel to Zurich for FIFA Exco session

The head of Brazilian football, Marco Polo del Nero, has finally bowed to the pressure and agreed to resign from FIFA's Executive Committee after being a no-show for the last six months amid fears he could be caught up in the burgeoning corruption scandal.

Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 08:58 UTC

FIFA ethics committee recovers 48 of 65 watches handed at Brazil's World Cup

“Following said investigations and after contacting all potential recipients, 48 watches were returned to the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.”

FIFA’s ethics committee has recovered 48 of 65 watches handed out to football officials last summer in a breach of the federation’s rules. Parmigiani watches worth $26,600 each were left in gift bags for the 28 FIFA ExCo members by the Brazilian football federation (CBF) during the World Cup.

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