• 48-team World Cup proposal gets thumbs up at FIFA meeting

    FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    SINGAPORE (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a proposal to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams, with 16 groups of three teams, received enthusiastic backing at a meeting of national federations on Thursday.

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  • Infantino proposes 16 groups of 3 teams in 48-team World Cup

    FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    LONDON (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries.

  • Brazil anti-trust body says bids rigged for 2014 World Cup

    In this July 13, 2014 file photo, fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium after the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Germany won 1-0. Brazil's anti-trust body CADE released a report Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, that said several construction companies rigged bids for 2014 World Cup stadiums, driving up costs by overcharging for the work. They included Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracana stadium, where Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s anti-trust body says several construction companies rigged bids for 2014 World Cup stadiums, driving up costs by overcharging for the work.

  • FIFA parts with head of security, match-fixing cases

    ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA official in charge of World Cup security and fighting match-fixing in soccer has left the governing body.

  • AFA hired firm to fly Argentine team without knowing plane

    This photo released by the Bolivian Soccer Federation Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, shows the doomed BAE 146 Avro RJ85 LaMia jet, registration CP-2933, parked at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Oct. 4, 2016. There are indications that the LaMia jet ran out of fuel, moments before crashing into the Andes near Medellin, on Monday evening. It is not known whether the lack of fuel was because they did not have enough for the flight, a leak or for some other reason. (Andres Dorado/Bolivian Soccer Federation via AP)

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s Football Association hired a company that charters flights to transport superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of the national team for a World Cup qualifying game without knowing the name of the airline or the model of the plane, an official said Friday.