ZURICH - FIFA filed court claims in Switzerland on Monday against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to recover more than $2 million from an irregular payment that led to both men being banned from international soccer.FIFA said in a statement that any ...
Dec 17, 2019
HOPE Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former Fifa President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published on Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end ...
Nov 11, 2017
GENEVA - Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by Fifa on Monday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him.Blatter said in a statement it was "difficult" to accept the Court of Arbitration for Sport&# ...
Dec 6, 2016
BANGKOK - FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the headquarters of Leicester's ownership company on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) and said the club's Premier League title run shows that fairytales are still possible.Infantino, visiting Thailand for the centenary of ...
Apr 29, 2016
MICHEL Platini expects Sepp Blatter to attend as a witness in his appeal against a six-year Fifa ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.Platini's office said on Tuesday that Blatter has been called by Fifa ...
Apr 27, 2016
DUTCH soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game as the personification of "Total Football," has died. He was 68.Family spokeswoman Carole Thate confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruyff had died in the Spanish city of Barcelona after a five- ...
Mar 25, 2016
ZURICH - Whether it's World Cup holder Germany or tiny island nations like Tonga, every country has the same power when it comes to choosing a FIFA president.FIFA is an institution with more members than the United Nations and its ...
Feb 26, 2016
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA's appeal body on Wednesday, two days before the sport's ruling body tries to turn the page on years of ...
Feb 25, 2016
LONDON - Fifa has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body.Fifa's emergency committee, consisting of representatives the ...
Jan 14, 2016
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man is facing a nine-year ban from soccer.The FIFA ethics committee's lead investigator, Cornel Borbely, recommended the ban for Jerome Valcke on Tuesday after concluding his inquiry. In his final ...
Jan 6, 2016
PARIS - For the past 12 months, scandals off the field of play eclipsed exploits on it. Beyond the usual cases of doping and cheating that are sadly common in modern sports, shocking corruption in soccer and athletics begged the question of whether ...
Dec 31, 2015
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the Fifa ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world soccer's most powerful leaders.Fifa President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked ...
Dec 21, 2015
GENEVA - Suspended by Fifa as the presidential election contest kicks off, Michel Platini insists he is still the best candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter."I am, in all humility, the most able to run world football," the former France great said in ...
Oct 29, 2015
GENEVA - Deadline day to enter the Fifa presidential election saw surprise entries and a potential eight-man lineup on Monday.Among late tactical changes, two unexpected additions were Gianni Infantino - the right-hand man of suspended Uefa President Michel Platini, whose own ...
Oct 27, 2015
ZURICH - The first public indication from within Fifa about the weight of the case against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini was provided on Tuesday by its financial compliance head, who denounced a payment that led to the soccer leaders being suspended as ...
Oct 21, 2015
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini, the man who had been favored to take over as Fifa leader, were both suspended for 90 days on Thursday, plunging soccer's governing body deeper into crisis.Blatter and Platini were suspended ...
Oct 8, 2015
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter defied calls from Fifa sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa to quit immediately as president of world soccer's governing body on Friday rather than cling on until the emergency election in February.The seemingly- ...
Oct 3, 2015
ZURICH - Michel Platini will be without his closest adviser at Uefa as he seeks the Fifa presidency while embroiled in the Swiss investigation into corruption in the global governing body.Kevin Lamour, who heads Platini's office, has started a pre- ...
Oct 2, 2015
ZURICH - Before protege turned protagonist, Michel Platini was inseparable from Sepp Blatter, as if they had a telepathic partnership on a football field.Long since estranged, their past alliance is now the focus of criminal investigators, and their FIFA fates in the ...
Sep 28, 2015
ZURICH - Fifa President Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities on Friday as a probe into soccer corruption reached the highest levels and left his grip on the top job in peril.The Swiss attorney general's office ...
Sep 26, 2015
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