As corruption probe swirls at FIFA, Sepp Blatter wins re-election

ZURICH (AP) — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis in FIFA's 111-year history, Blatter emerged victorious once again Friday, winning re-election as president of world soccer's governing body for...

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12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment

The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes: SCHEME A — 1993, 1995 AND 1997 COPA AMERICAS Traffic Brazil purchased rights for the three tournaments in a deal worth $6.6 million. Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, then president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL and later a FIFA executive...

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

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. Coca-Cola also made it clear it is unhappy with the scandals rocking the organization, which saw the...

Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips 3rd public appearance

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself. Blatter called together leaders of FIFA's regions as world soccer is rocked by an American federal racketeering case. "There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations...

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

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. Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the FIFA...

Former FIFA member Blazer’s plea seems key to investigation

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. When indictments were unsealed Wednesday charging nine soccer officials and five other men with racketeering, money...

U.S., Swiss timed FIFA soccer raids for maximum effect

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport's governing body, held its annual congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials — including the main...

Soccer scandal puts FIFA czar in spotlight

As FIFA’s leader, Sepp Blatter has been praised for extending soccer’s reach to less developed nations, but widely criticized as tone-deaf and dictatorial, an unworthy steward of the global game.

Questions and answers regarding the FIFA arrests

Seven soccer officials, all with ties to the North and South American regional confederations, were arrested and threatened with extradition to the U.S. on Wednesday.Here are some pressing questions and answers regarding the fallout.

Soccer officials arrested in Zurich, indicted in U.S.; World Cup votes probed

ZURICH (AP) — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether...