Posts Tagged Professional soccer

THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges.  (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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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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