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US government distributes $92M for soccer corruption victims

Jun. 30, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has distributed about $92 million in additional compensation from money forfeited by convicted officials and associated companies resulting from the government's prosecution of corruption in soccer. The money is for compensation for...

Female referee at men's World Cup wants the game to shine

Jun. 27, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita agrees with Pelé or whoever it was decades ago that first described soccer as the “beautiful game.” Yamashita is one of three women picked by FIFA to be referees at the men's World Cup in Qatar, which opens on Nov. 21. It's the...

Group asks for living wages, labor rights for 2026 World Cup

Jun. 25, 2022 02:23 AM EDT

With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups...

FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'

Jun. 17, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 16 cities of the first World Cup spread across three nations were revealed, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino made a bold statement summing up the goal of the 2026 tournament, to be played largely in the United States. “By 2026, soccer — or futbol — will...

FIFA to announce 2026 World Cup US sites, paring from 17

Jun. 15, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As FIFA prepares to announce the 2026 World Cup sites on Thursday — and make high-profile cuts — Alan Rothenberg thought back to when stadiums were picked for the 1994 tournament he headed in the United States. “They gave the rights to the host country, and...

Blatter, Platini face 20-month suspended jail sentences

Jun. 15, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Prosecutors in the fraud trial of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and vice president Michel Platini asked Wednesday for both men to get 20-month suspended prison sentences. Blatter and Platini, a former France national team captain who was president of European...

Ecuador keeps World Cup spot as FIFA rejects Chile complaint

Jun. 10, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Ecuador kept its place at the World Cup on Friday when a FIFA legal ruling rejected a complaint by Chile about an alleged ineligible player. FIFA said its disciplinary committee closed the proceedings in the claim that Ecuador defender Byron Castillo, who played in...

Blatter, Platini reiterate innocence in testimony to court

Jun. 09, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini strongly reiterated their innocence as the two former soccer leaders were questioned on day two of their criminal trial on charges of defrauding FIFA. Blatter was due to testify on the opening day on Wednesday but the...

Sepp Blatter avoids testifying at start of FIFA fraud trial

Jun. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) — Full of smiles and confidence before entering the courtroom, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claimed later Wednesday he was bothered by chest pains and unable to testify on the opening day of his criminal trial. Once the most powerful man in the...

Blatter, Platini finally going to court in FIFA fraud trial

Jun. 06, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini’s 11-day trial on charges of defrauding FIFA starts Wednesday — finally bringing the epic downfall of soccer’s former world leaders into criminal court. The fallout from the case ousted Blatter ahead of schedule as president of...