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FIFA defends bans for 'false' info, tarnishing reputations

Aug. 14, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who "tarnish the reputations of others" must be banned from soccer. The Associated Press revealed Monday that a new offense of defamation had been added to the document governing the conduct of participants in soccer, with scope for a...

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...

Drug tests for gamers as soccer's eWorld Cup jackpot climbs

Aug. 3, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples. They just had to put their controllers down first. Less than three weeks after the World Cup finished, the...

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...

Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

Jul. 24, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's...

6 from Lyon, 3 in US league on FIFA best women's player list

Jul. 24, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Six players from European and French champion Lyon are among 10 candidates to win FIFA's best women's player award. The Lyon group includes captain Wendie Renard of France, plus Dzsenifer Marozsan and Saki Kumagai, the captains of Germany and Japan. Three candidates who play in the National...

The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar

Jul. 17, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The "next" World Cup got plenty of hype in Russia. A massive cube was alight with video images of "Qatar 2022" in Gorky Park, while the ground floor of the high-end shopping mall at Red Square was devoted to displays touting the event. But apart from a social media campaign, there was little...

WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

Jul. 16, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Even FIFA accepts the soccer showpiece might never be so engrossing again. Russia might have staged the last 32-team World Cup. Or at least the last one not shoehorned in a crammed format at the end of the calendar...

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...

Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

Jul. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled the...