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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...

Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie before the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Lions place five players on COVID-19 list

Jul. 29, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Lions have placed wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end T.J. Hockenson on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an...

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...

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 file photo shows the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The FIFA ethics committee has 13 formal investigations ongoing, plus preliminary enquiries in 62 more cases, the soccer body's lawyers said Tuesday June 23, 2020, during a two-day online review. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP, File)

FIFA bans Guinea-Bissau official over "mob justice" incident

Jul. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA imposed a 10-year ban Friday on the president of Guinea-Bissau’s soccer federation over “an incident of mob justice.” Manual Nascimento “had breached his duty, as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, to protect the physical and mental integrity of the man who was the...

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...

Match promoter suit vs USSF halted by federal judge

Jul. 21, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A match promoter’s lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for failing to sanction a proposed Spanish league match between Barcelona and Girona in Miami Gardens, Florida, has been stopped by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan dismissed an antitrust...

The Ballon d'Or award in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Friday, July 17, 2020. The prestigious Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year because the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the soccer season. Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or has been given out every year since Stanley Matthews won the first one in 1956. Lionel Messi has won it a record six times — one more than longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Ballon d’Or canceled this year amid coronavirus disruption

Jul. 20, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

The prestigious Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year because the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the soccer season. Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or has been given out every year since Stanley Matthews won the first one in 1956. Lionel Messi has won it a record six times...

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)

Judge puts off Napout request for compassionate release

Jul. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge put off for two weeks deciding on a request for compassionate release from prison by the former head of South American soccer. Juan Ángel Napout is being held at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution, Miami. His lawyer, Marc A. Weinstein, said the federal...