Latest Corruption in sports News

Europol: global sport under 'greater risk' of match fixing

Aug. 5, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As the sporting world gradually emerge from months of coronavirus lockdowns, the European Union's agency for law enforcement cooperation is warning against the “greater risk" of game-fixing by criminals. In a report published Wednesday focusing on the involvement of...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Larry Nassar, former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts, appears in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich. The sentencing Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, of former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar is the latest development from the sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school.  (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Aug. 4, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

The sentencing Tuesday of a former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar is the latest development from the sexual assault scandal. Nassar was convicted on charges related to...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Netherlands. Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber has offered to resign in the latest fallout from meetings he had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a sprawling investigation into soccer corruption. Lauber offered his resignation to the parliamentary judicial commission ahead of the publication of a federal court ruling in his appeal against being disciplined in March for misconduct. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)

FIFA to AP: Infantino should remain president during probe

Aug. 1, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Gianni Infantino can remain FIFA president and should not be forced from power while under criminal investigation, world football's governing body told The Associated Press on Saturday. A Swiss special prosecutor opened a criminal case into Infantino's conduct on Thursday over his meetings...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Soccer governing body FIFA says its $1.5 billion coronavirus relief plan to revive the sport and help national associations stay afloat comes with “strict compliance and audit requirements.” “This relief plan is a great example of football’s solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Criminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Jul. 30, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened by a Swiss special prosecutor on Thursday, plunging the soccer body into a new scandal and potentially threatening the tenure of the man who was brought in to restore its tarnished reputation. FIFA said it and Infantino will...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, spectators stadium seats are reflected on the class of the VIP launch of the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Al Khor, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Doha, Qatar.  The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation Monday July 27, 2020, Qatar has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, FILE)

Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Jul. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world's biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker waves toward the stands after a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Friday, July 24, 2020, in Houston. The Astros won 8-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Baker wins debut, Astros top M's in 1st game post sign scam

Jul. 25, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker has managed thousands of games in his big league career, and none were quite like his debut with the scandal-ridden Houston Astros. The 71-year-old manager posted a win in his first game as Houston's manager and the Astros, playing for the first time since their sign-stealing...

In this Friday, May 10, 2019 FILE photo, Swiss Federal Attorney Michael Lauber watches during a media conference at the Media Centre of the Federal Parliament in Bern, Switzerland. According to media reports, Lauber offered his resignation on 24 July 2020 amid impeachment proceedings over his handling of the FIFA corruption probe. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Swiss attorney general offers to resign in FIFA case fallout

Jul. 24, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber offered to resign Friday minutes before a federal court upheld allegations he lied about a meeting he had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a sprawling investigation into soccer corruption. Lauber offered his resignation to the parliamentary...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Juan Ángel Napout, of Paraguay, arrives at federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen delayed deciding on a request for compassionate release from prison by Napout, the former head of South American soccer, for two weeks. Napout is being held at a federal facility in Miami where COVID-19 infections are on the rise. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Ex-South American soccer head stays in prison with virus

Jul. 21, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge denied a request for compassionate release by the former head of South American soccer after he contracted the coronavirus while serving a nine-year prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen in Brooklyn ruled Tuesday that Juan Ángel Napout should remain at the...

Former Goldman Sachs exec tabbed as USOPC compliance officer

Jul. 21, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has hired a former assistant U.S. attorney and executive at Goldman Sachs as its chief ethics and compliance officer. Holly Shick will take over a role suggested in an independent report into the organization that was triggered by the...

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, right, talks with Michael Brantley (23) after throwing during a simulated baseball game Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

'It's over now' - Astros eager to put scandal behind them

Jul. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Veteran Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the American League champions just before spring training. It was a choice owner Jim Crane made...