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Thailand arrests Bahrain refugee for possible extradition

Dec. 7, 2018 6:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia has been officially arrested ahead of a court ruling on whether he will be extradited to Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago, police in Thailand said Friday. Immigration Police chief Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said Hakeem...

Former FIFA official sentenced in bribery scandal

Dec. 6, 2018 4:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former FIFA official from Guatemala who was cooperating in the U.S. investigation of corruption in international soccer's governing body was sentenced on Thursday to time served. Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief Rafael Salguero had been under house arrest since 2016 while providing information...

Spanish league sues soccer federation over match in US

Nov. 29, 2018 9:25 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league has taken legal action against the country's soccer federation in an effort to get approval for a regular-season match in the United States. A Madrid commercial court said Thursday the league filed a lawsuit accusing the Spanish soccer federation of unfair competition. The...

FIFA panel urges tough line on Iran's ban of female fans

Nov. 26, 2018 11:45 AM EST

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA-appointed human rights experts want the soccer body to set Iran a deadline for ending a ban on women attending games. The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board says "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions...

Qatar's evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

Nov. 26, 2018 3:00 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The signs of progress are impossible to miss. And that's the point. Four years out from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar wants you to know it's growing. Evolving. Not just physically but politically and — this small Muslim nation tucked into a corner of the Arabian Peninsula...

FIFA removes ethics judge from duty after arrest in Malaysia

Nov. 21, 2018 10:42 AM EST

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The credibility of FIFA's reshaped ethics committee took a hit Wednesday after a leading judge was arrested on suspicion of corruption in Malaysia and later removed as deputy chairman. Sundra Rajoo has been taken off cases while under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption...

Swiss attorney general defends his FIFA investigation

Nov. 21, 2018 8:37 AM EST

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general defended his team's handling of its four-year FIFA investigation on Wednesday, a week after the lead prosecutor was removed from duty. Federal prosecutors have come "under attack every day by the lawyers" in a case comprising 25 different...

Olympic powerbroker indicted, faces Swiss forgery trial

Nov. 19, 2018 8:30 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Facing a criminal trial in Switzerland, Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah temporarily stepped aside from his IOC work on Monday. The Kuwaiti sheikh denies wrongdoing but said in a statement he did not want "these politically motivated allegations to distract attention" from...

FIFA boss says he doesn't know why prosecutor was suspended

Nov. 15, 2018 4:22 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he doesn't know why the lead investigator into corruption within the organization was suspended from that role. Infantino is a friend of the federal prosecutor, Olivier Thormann, who also teaches law at the same university in Switzerland where the FIFA...

Swiss prosecutor suspended while leading FIFA investigation

Nov. 9, 2018 2:43 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's chief economic crimes prosecutor was suspended last week while leading an investigation into corruption linked to FIFA, the federal prosecutor's office said Friday. It was unclear how Olivier Thormann's suspension will affect the integrity of ongoing criminal proceedings. Soccer...