Posts Tagged Sports governance

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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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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2022 World Cup host Qatar stays silent on FIFA probes

In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, shakes hands with Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee, at a press conference in Doha, Qatar. Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked football’s world governing body FIFA and thrown a new unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked FIFA and thrown another unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

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European soccer official John Delaney of Ireland says UEFA will not boycott FIFA congress

ZURICH (AP) — European soccer official John Delaney of Ireland says UEFA will not boycott FIFA congress.

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