Posts Tagged 2018 FIFA World Cup

What would happen if Western powers boycotted World Cup?

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, right, with UEFA President Michel Platini, left, after announcing his withdrawal during the 65th FIFA Congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don’t show up?

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THE LATEST: Blatter: ‘Something smells’ in US soccer probe

FIFA president Sepp Blatter applauds after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

ZURICH (AP) — The latest developments concerning FIFA:

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South Africa’s 2010 WCup bid implicated in corruption probe

In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela is assisted by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, left, in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was announced that South Africa would host the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. The country's image has been shattered with allegations that its bid over a decade ago was involved in millions of dollars in bribes to secure FIFA votes and make sure of its historic place as Africa's first World Cup host. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — When South Africa won the right to host Africa’s first World Cup, it was seen as a heartwarming reward for Nelson Mandela and a country that had shaken off decades of apartheid.

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Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pool photo Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. Putin said in televised comments Thursday, May 28, 2015, that it is "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer’s governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

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FIFA VP Webb says don’t risk World Cup for political reasons

In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter next to a replica of the World Cup trophy, waves after being elected FIFA president, the world's soccer governing body, in Paris. FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign. Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, though FIFA has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked to senior officials. Blatter is bidding for a fifth term on May 29, 2015.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The future of the $5 billion World Cup has become a key battleground in the pursuit of votes in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

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