July 23, 2021

Guyana votes against Africa’s 2026 World Cup bid

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By Wonita Stephens -July 3, 2018 From Guyana Guardian 03 June 2018 – Guyana was among the more than 135 nations that opted not to vote for the African nation of Morocco in their bid to host the World Cup in 2026. Instead, Guyana joined with almost all of their Caricom counterparts to see that […]

2026 North American World Cup would reap big profits, says U.S. Soccer Federation president

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By The Associated Press From The Salt Lake Tribune Toronto • Outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati says a 2026 World Cup hosted by Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would financially be “by far the most successful” in tournament history. Speaking alongside his fellow federation presidents and bid committee executive director John Kristick in […]

Women on a mission: Taylor & Co want to correct 50-over anomaly

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By Karunya Keshav From Wisden India In the last Women’s World Cup, in 2013, Windies Women were finalists. In the last Women’s World Twenty20, in 2016, they were champions. Results such as that should put them as major contenders for the 2017 World Cup. Yet, the ladies from the Caribbean go into the tournament in England […]

Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids

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From BBC French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia and Qatar respectively, last year. Le Monde reports that prosecutors are looking into allegations of corruption. […]

KPMG Quits as Fifa’s Auditor, a Move Soccer Body ‘Welcomes’

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By Hugo Miller From Bloomberg KPMG stepped down as FIFA’s auditing firm as soccer’s world governing body races to clean up a reputation dented by allegations of bribery and corruption. FIFA said in a statement that it “welcomed” the opportunity to work with a new auditor. It will pick one soon on a temporary basis […]

Blatter, Valcke and Kattner awarded themselves £55m, say Fifa lawyers

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By Luke Harding and agencies From The Guardian UK Lawyers retained by Fifa say contracted payments to the three former officials appear to break Swiss law The spectacular scale of greed at the top of Fifa was revealed on Friday when lawyers said that three high-ranking former officials – Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus […]

Fifa: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini get eight-year bans

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From BBC Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation. They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011. The Fifa ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” […]

Swiss to probe contract signed by FIFA’s Blatter: officials

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By Mark Hosenball and David Ingram CDT From WHBL Zurich/New York (Reuters) – The Swiss Attorney General’s Office will investigate a contract for media rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, two Swiss law enforcement officials said over the weekend. The inquiry follows a television news report asserting that FIFA sold the rights for […]

Fifa corruption: Jeffrey Webb pleads not guilty in US

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From BBC Former Fifa Vice-President Jeffrey Webb has pleaded not guilty in connection with a massive corruption scandal in the world football governing body. He was placed under house arrest on $10m (£6.4m) bail by a New York judge. Mr Webb, from the Cayman Islands, is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in […]

Russia, Qatar could lose World Cup hosting rights: FIFA official

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From 9News Australia Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official has been quoted as saying. The comments by the head of FIFA’s auditing and compliance committee came as bribery claims mounted against disgraced former […]