Posts Tagged International soccer

FIFA probe shines light on middle-man sports marketing firms

Private security guards stand outside the headquarters of sports marketing company Traffic Sports, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 28, 2015. U.S. officials say Jose Hawilla, the owner of the Brazil-based sports marketing firm, is one of four men who has pleaded guilty in the U.S. soccer corruption investigation involving bribes totaling more than $100 million. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department’s targeting of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, has put a spotlight on the powerful role that marketing firms play in the global sports arena.

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Blatter: Corruption cases shame, humiliate soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the opening ceremony of the FIFA congress in Zuerich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

ZURICH (AP) — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body.

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5 Players to watch at the Under-20 World Cup

In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone, is awarded the top scorer trophy at the end of the South America Under-20 soccer championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup which starts in New Zealand on Saturday, May 30, will be a showcase of the new generation of talent that will populate those leagues in years to come.  (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico,File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Five players to watch at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off Saturday in New Zealand:

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Former FIFA member Blazer’s plea seems key to investigation

In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)  Secretary General  Chuck Blazer as he attends a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany.  Blazer was one of four men who pleaded guilty in the Justice Department's corruption investigation into FIFA announced Wednesday May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer appears to have provided key information that has been central to the Justice Department’s soccer corruption investigation, linking other officials in the Americas to a series of schemes.

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Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich.  (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

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