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Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

Jan. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday. His employers said he was assassinated. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was killed late...

Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia

Jan. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf...

Activists demand Thailand release refugee soccer player

Dec. 22, 2018 1:46 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Human rights groups along with current and former soccer players on Saturday called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former...

FIFA bans head of Afghan soccer after allegations by players

Dec. 12, 2018 10:07 AM EST

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has provisionally banned the head of the Afghanistan soccer federation following accusations of sexual and physical abuse of female players. In a statement, FIFA says Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim's 90-day suspension "may be extended pending proceedings on...

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...