Friday, January 15th 2016 - 12:09 UTC

FIFA fines federations for homophobic remarks from fans, including Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

“Disciplinary proceedings alone cannot change behavior by certain groups of fans that unfortunately goes against the core values of our game,” says Sulser.

Anti-gay chants by fans have led to fines for six football associations. Match reports revealed that fans of Argentina, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay yelled homophobic remarks during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

Thursday, January 14th 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Rio mayor confident the city has the funds to host the 2016 Olympic Games

“We have enough money to make sure everything is presented as it is supposed to be, as you can see here,” Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters

The mayor of 2016 Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro insisted authorities had the finances to avoid disruption to the summer Games despite Brazil’s recession. Latin America's largest economy is suffering from a deep recession and soaring inflation -- a contrast to the boom times of 2009, when Rio won the right to host the Olympics.

Thursday, January 14th 2016 - 05:37 UTC

Suspended FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke has been sacked

“The employment relationship between FIFA and Jérôme Valcke has also been terminated” announced FIFA

“The FIFA Emergency Committee decided on 9 January 2016 to dismiss Jérôme Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary general with immediate effect. Jérôme Valcke is therefore no longer the secretary general of FIFA,” a FIFA statement said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 07:10 UTC

Messi undisputed king of the 'beautiful game': fifth Ballon d'Or

”It’s incredible, much more than anything I dreamed of as a kid; I want to thank my team mates, without them none of this would have been possible” said Messi

Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday, after watching his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo walk off with the prize for the previous two years. The Argentine Barcelona forward finished ahead of Ronaldo and Brazil forward Neymar as he scooped the award for a record fifth time overall, having previously won it four years in a row from 2009 to 2012.

Saturday, January 9th 2016 - 07:34 UTC

Platini drops out of FIFA presidential race; Infantino and Ebrahim Al Khalifa, leading candidates

”The timing is not good for me. I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates. Bye, bye FIFA. Bye, bye FIFA presidency” admitted Platini

Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini has withdrawn from the FIFA presidential race as he fights to clear his name following an eight-year ban. Platini was banned by FIFA's ethics judge in December over a “disloyal” $2 million payment he received from Sepp Blatter in 2011. It virtually ended his dreams of succeeding Blatter at the helm of FIFA in the Feb. 26 election.

Friday, January 8th 2016 - 11:06 UTC

Argentina and Uruguay will bid to jointly host 2030 World Cup

Vazquez and Macri making the announcement in Colonia

Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri agreed on Thursday that their countries will present a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030, a century after Uruguay was the site of the first tournament.

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.

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