Latest Sepp Blatter News

Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won't punish you

Aug. 13, 2018 10:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key. Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word "corruption" missing. They also will discover how to avoid being banned for paying and...

CAS upholds ex-FIFA Valcke's 10-year ban from soccer

Jul. 27, 2018 7:18 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jerome Valcke's 10-year ban from football was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

Column: Infantino fawns over Putin, politicizes soccer body

Jul. 15, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When Gianni Infantino is in the orbit of Vladimir Putin, the head of world soccer cannot stop beaming. Particularly when he's juggling a ball in the Kremlin or sharing screen time with Putin as they watched the World Cup. Two years after his election, FIFA's president gives the impression of...

FIFA rebukes Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

Jul. 4, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA's patience with Diego Maradona's World Cup antics finally ran out on Wednesday. Soccer's world body said it "strongly rebukes" comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16. It was yet...

Gods of soccer: Ronaldo, Messi like you've never seen them

Jun. 29, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Looking regal in his Russian uniform, Cristiano Ronaldo gazes out pensively with his arms folded and "CR7" embroidered near his left shoulder. Behind him is Lionel Messi, also snappily dressed and with the hairs of his moustache twirled up either side of his mouth. Luis...