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FIFA

Former Swiss banker pleads guilty in FIFA corruption case

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Former Swiss Banker Jorge Luis Arzuaga has admitted of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Fifa’s former senior executive Julio Grondona, chairman of football’s world governing body’s finance committee and president of the Argentinian football association, the Guardian report.

Following US investigation into Fifa-related corruption, Jorge Luis Arzuaga pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy charge on Thursday.

Last FIFA suspect pleads not guilty in US

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New York (AFP) Ex-FIFA official Julio Rocha pleaded not guilty in New York to corruption allegations Wednesday, the last suspect extradited from Switzerland in connection with the massive scandal rocking world soccer.

The former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation entered his plea to a raft of corruption offenses before a judge in Brooklyn shortly after he arrived in the United States from Zurich.

Last FIFA suspect pleads not guilty in US

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New York (AFP) Ex-FIFA official Julio Rocha pleaded not guilty in New York to corruption allegations Wednesday, the last suspect extradited from Switzerland in connection with the massive scandal rocking world soccer.

The former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation entered his plea to a raft of corruption offenses before a judge in Brooklyn shortly after he arrived in the United States from Zurich.

Last FIFA suspect pleads not guilty in US

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New York (AFP) Ex-FIFA official Julio Rocha pleaded not guilty in New York to corruption allegations Wednesday, the last suspect extradited from Switzerland in connection with the massive scandal rocking world soccer.

The former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation entered his plea to a raft of corruption offenses before a judge in Brooklyn shortly after he arrived in the United States from Zurich.

Last FIFA suspect pleads not guilty in US

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New York (AFP) Ex-FIFA official Julio Rocha pleaded not guilty in New York to corruption allegations Wednesday, the last suspect extradited from Switzerland in connection with the massive scandal rocking world soccer.

The former president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation entered his plea to a raft of corruption offenses before a judge in Brooklyn shortly after he arrived in the United States from Zurich.

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Qatar 2022: Controversy Looms Large

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When FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December of 2010, the general public responded with a mass outcry for answers as to why the FIFA executive committee decided to choose Qatar as the host nation. Among the many complaints by fans, players, and the media were... Read More »

Panama Papers Reveal Further Link Between Football and Corruption

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Photo Credit: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers are a massive list of records that were leaked from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, illuminating a large network of offshore holdings from high ranking foreign leaders and wealthy individuals.

FIFA is hilarious.

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The gall of FIFA remains strong. They admit more corruption... and then ask for $190 million because their corruption affected something something something. Hell, I didn't do anything wrong, so obviously that means I should be good to receive at least a half-million bucks. Right? I'm getting seriously tired of these dirty, entitled punks.

FIFA watchdog: We must accept ‘corruption is systemic’ in soccer

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Corruption is "systemic" in soccer, the head of FIFA's audit watchdog said Thursday, calling for soccer'sworld body to be more transparent in its reform moves.

"We have to accept that corruption is systemic in football. If we accept this, we can solve the problem," Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's independent audit and compliance committee, told a conference at the body's Zurich headquarters.

FIFA watchdog: We must accept ‘corruption is systemic’ in soccer

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Corruption is "systemic" in soccer, the head of FIFA's audit watchdog said Thursday, calling for soccer'sworld body to be more transparent in its reform moves.

"We have to accept that corruption is systemic in football. If we accept this, we can solve the problem," Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's independent audit and compliance committee, told a conference at the body's Zurich headquarters.

FIFA Corruption: Swiss Attorney General Collars Sepp Blatter On ‘Suspicion Of Criminal Mismanagement’

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Breaking news from yonder Zurich way this afternoon is that the Swiss attorney general has reportedly opened criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter.

According to a statement issued by the attorney general's office, the FIFA president is currently beinginvestigated "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as alternatively on suspicion of misappropriation".

The worrying part about FIFA corruption

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Every football fan in the World has suspected (if not outright known) that there was something fishy in FIFA: they organize tournaments that turn out to be great because of the fans and the players, but they obviously care little about fans and players, which is why fans and players care little about FIFA.

It's Going Down For Real

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With just 48hrs to go before the election of FIFA president in Switzerland, 6 arrests were made by the Swiss in conjunction with the FBI over racketeering, bribery and money laundering done on US soil by several CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and CAFU (Central America's soccer federation) as well as executives from a handful of sports marketing companies.

¿FIFA cambiará la ubicación del Mundial 2022 desde Qatar?

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¿FIFA cambiará la ubicación del Mundial 2022 desde Qatar?

por Andrew Bihl

Nota: Este ensayo fue escrito en11/03/14. Debido a esto, cualquiera información más reciente no está incluido.

En 2010, FIFA eligió a Qatar para anfitrión de la Copa del Mundo de 2022.

More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship

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More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA has been dealt another blow to its image with the news that Sony is set to end its partnership with world football's governing body.

Reuters reports that the company – a FIFA sponsor for the past eight years, with a $280 million contract – will not renew its World Cup sponsorship.

LEAKED: FIFA Ethics Report Revealed Word spread across global...

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LEAKED: FIFA Ethics Report Revealed

Word spread across global media outlets Wednesday night that details of FIFA's investigation on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process would be released the following day. While these reports included a general indication that FIFA would absolve Qatar and Russia of any misbehavior or financial malfeasance in a summary statement, exact details were left aside, as a full copy of independent investigator Michael J.

FIFA Ethics Head Lays Groundwork for "No Fault"

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As this will come to no surprise to anyone, the head of FIFA's Ethics Committee investigation into "alleged" bribes of the Ex-Co to secure the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has decided not to review several million (that's with an 'm') documents recently released by the Sunday Times of England supporting allegations of bribery.

Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World...

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Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup

While the protests that took place during last summer's Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.

Exploitation and Abuse, Qatar 2022 “I have not seen a...

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Exploitation and Abuse, Qatar 2022

"I have not seen a single slave in Qatar. I don't know where those reports come from. I have been to Qatar many times and therefore have a different view, which, I believe, is more realistic." - Franz Beckenbaurer

Franz, it might be time to rethink that position.

Reclaiming the Institution: The Best and Worst of the...

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Reclaiming the Institution: The Best and Worst of the World... Cup

"We should remember that, in the end, the game exists for us and because of us, and that we have the right to demand that it be carried out with ethics and for the greater good, as the World Cup founder Jules Rimet believed it could and should be.

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What did we learn from Brazil's dress rehearsal for the World Cup?

By Anthony Lopopolo

The player of the tournament was Neymar, but the smell of tear gas was just as unmistakable. Even though the actual gas did not pass into the stadium, one person wore a mask and real FIFA officials at the start of the Confederations Cup final scrambled for cover.

Let’s talk about corruption… again The last time we...

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Let's talk about corruption... again

The last time we checked in Sepp Blatter and associates, Sepp was jetting off to the Caribbean, while the rest of the world sat wringing it's hands in nervous anticipation of Brazil meeting stadium deadlines for next year's World Cup. But before Sepp catches a flight back to Zurich, he might want to stop for a chat with the fine folks from the CONCACAF region.

Merchants of hope “When someone gives you hope, here it is...

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Merchants of hope

"When someone gives you hope, here it is on a plate, there it is. Here is the price. You'll pay it. They'll profit. It's disillusionment. Total disillusionment."

For all the pride that African footballers such as Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Samuel Eto'o have instilled in their respective nations, their successes have come with a cost.

English Premier League

Premier League corruption claims a lie, says agent

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London (AFP) One of the agents caught on film making sensational revelations of corruption against eight current and former English Premier League managers admitted to the BBC on Friday that he had lied.

Italian agent Giuseppe Pagliara, who claimed he opened Swiss bank accounts for managers and worked through intermediaries to cover the illegal payments, said he had hoped to pick up business in a series of meetings with the representatives of a fake Far East company, who were in fact undercover reporters.

Premier League corruption claims a lie, says agent

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London (AFP) One of the agents caught on film making sensational revelations of corruption against eight current and former English Premier League managers admitted to the BBC on Friday that he had lied.

Italian agent Giuseppe Pagliara, who claimed he opened Swiss bank accounts for managers and worked through intermediaries to cover the illegal payments, said he had hoped to pick up business in a series of meetings with the representatives of a fake Far East company, who were in fact undercover reporters.

Reports: Eight Other Premier League Managers Accused Of Being Open To ‘Illicit Bungs’

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As part of the continued fallout of the Telegraph sting that cost Sam Allardyce the England job, the journalists responsible have divulged that a further eight current and ex-Premier League managers were also open to taking bungs.

The bungs take the form of "illicit player payments" discussed in covertly recorded conversations, with the Telegraph subsequently passing on all relevant transcripts and evidence toboththe FA and to the police.

World Cup

El Salvador Players Call Extraordinary Press Conference, Claim They Were Offered ‘$30 Per Minute’ To Fix World Cup Qualifying Game

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The El Salvador national team held a press conference yesterday to announce that they had been offered a bribe to fiddle tonight's 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Canada.

The team also played an audio recording of the conversation duringwhich they allegeRicardo Padilla, a businessman and former Salvadorian football club president, offered them cash to fix the outcome of the match on behalf of an unnamed Honduran man.

Why is the Chinese National Soccer Team so Bad?

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Image labeled for reuse from Google Search It seems absurd that a country with over a billion people cannot field a team that can qualifymore than just once for the World Cup. Yet, with a FIFA ranking of just 81, China has managed to do just that, finishing 31st out of 32 teams in the... Read More »

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The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of Russian Football History

ByDomm Norris

More so than any other nation across Europe, politics is a powerful beast in Russian society, and its influence has had a significant impact upon the way in which football has evolved throughout the post-Soviet era.

Sandro Rosell

Spanish Prosecutors Want To Try Neymar For Fraud – Good News For Man Utd?

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According to 'Cadena Ser', Spanish prosecutors have asked High Court judge José de la Mata to have Neymar charged on two counts: fraud and corruption, both related with his move to Barcelona during the summer of 2013.

Prosecutors have also asked for charges to be brought against the following parties: Barça president, Josep Maria Bartomeu; former president, Sandro Rosell; Neymar's father; former Santos directors Luis Álvaro de Oliveira and Odílio Rodrigues; and the two football clubs, Santos and FC Barcelona.

FC BARCELONA - NEYMAR AFFAIR - ROSELL RESIGNATION

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FC BARCELONA PRESIDENT ROSELL RESIGNS - LEAVES THE PRESIDENCY

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Arsenal

At last the English media recognise there’s something seriously wrong with the referees

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By Tony Attwood

And so, after years of pointing out that there is something seriously wrong with refereeing in the Premier League, the English papers have started to admit that there might be a problem.

Not all of them, and most are hedging their bets talking of referee mistakes, and the views of "Arsenal supporters", [.

Someone has to stop Fifa. Now!

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By Walter Broeckx

Look who's talking.

Joseph Blatter the big boss of the organisation that is out there in order to make as much money as possible out of football, uses all means including overloading players as much as possible with meaningless games on every occasion, (also known as Fifa) has spoken.

The Rest

England Manager Sam Allardyce In Hot Water

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The Telegraph mounted a sting operation against Sam Allardyce the England manager, that now could end his tenure in the job he has craved for so many years. The paper is reporting today that Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400K deal with who turned out to be fictitious business men [.

Politics, Corruption and the Decline of Lithuanian Football By...

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Politics, Corruption and the Decline of Lithuanian Football

By Robert O'Connor

"Eversheds Saladžius, in cooperation with the Lithuania Football Federation, applied to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania in order to initiate the consideration of the issue of supplement of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania.

Does Chelsea shake when the USA uses the language of the AAA?

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By Tony Attwood

Does Chelsea shake when the USA uses the language of the AAA?

Or come to that does Liverpool worry that no statement from the club will ever be believed again after the admitted lying over Suarez' contract? Do Rangers fans worry that their club has to pay 30% p.a. interest on a [.

Jailed Steaua Bucharest owner blocks Spurs’ transfer bid for Vlad Chiriches

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Eccentric Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali has thwarted Tottenham's attempts to sign defender Vlad Chiriches from behind bars. Becali, best known for his racist, sexist and outlandish media outbursts against... well, most people he encounters, is currently serving a three-year jail sentence for corruption.