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FIFA bans Russian fans organizer for social media posts

Sep. 13, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Russian fans organizer Alexander Shprygin has been banned from soccer for two years by FIFA for posting far-right content online. FIFA said Friday its ethics committee judges found Shprygin, a former member of the Russian Football Union executive committee, guilty of discrimination. He was...

Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire

Sep. 10, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday. The self-immolation death of 29-year-old...

Promoter files 2nd lawsuit vs US Soccer over sanctioning

Sep. 9, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A promoter filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over the governing body's refusal to sanction international league matches in the United States, a case similar in some aspects to an action launched last spring in New York state court. The new suit was filed...

8 countries stay in FIFA race to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Sep. 3, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Eight countries have stayed in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out. FIFA says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the first 32-team tournament...

Zimbabwe commission asks FIFA to fire soccer bosses

Aug. 17, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government-run sports commission said it has asked FIFA to remove officials in charge of the country's soccer federation from office and appoint a temporary committee. The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), which regulates sport in Zimbabwe, wants the Zimbabwe...

Swiss indict 4 over payment linked to German 2006 World Cup

Aug. 6, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former FIFA official with fraud over the true purpose of a 6.7 million euro ($7.5 million) payment before the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, its general...

FIFA expands Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023

Jul. 31, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

FIFA's Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money. FIFA said Wednesday the decision was made remotely. Nine national associations had expressed interest in hosting and...

Eden Hazard on FIFA 20 cover, talks up Pulisic

Jul. 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eden Hazard doesn't like comparisons. They've dogged him throughout his career, especially when talks turn to Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. But, when asked to compare himself to the man replacing him in the Chelsea midfield, American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, Hazard was happy to elaborate....

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...