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Sepp Blatter vows FIFA reforms as dramatic presidential vote looms

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ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA held its annual Congress on Friday, with President Sepp Blatter and other leaders vowing reform but announcing no fundamental change in the global soccer group's oversight structure?.

Blatter opened the session by acknowledging the scandal in which 14 people, the majority of them current or former FIFA officials, ...Read more

Miami company at the center of soccer scandal

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MIAMI -- The Miami branch of a Brazilian conglomerate ruled the lucrative soccer media market on two continents -- largely, federal authorities say, because it also paid out the richest bribes to the sport's top officials.

The Traffic Group -- founded by Jose Hawilla, who secretly pleaded guilty to corruption charges late last year -- is at the...Read more

FIFA balance of power tips from Sepp Blatter to outraged sponsors

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Sepp Blatter's days are numbered. And that number may not be a big one.

After 17 years atop sport's most lucrative, powerful and seemingly corrupt organization, FIFA's anachronistic president was dealt a major blow this week when the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a 47-count indictment that painted soccer's global governing body as a ...Read more

With the world's eyes on FIFA, Sepp Blatter vows regain trust of fans

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ZURICH -- A day after 18 individuals and two companies were named in connection with a wide-ranging corruption scandal that rocked world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter vowed to help officials root out wrongdoing "from top to bottom," and regain the trust of fans worldwide.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of FIFA's annual meeting, where ...Read more

CONCACAF names new president, adds executive committee

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A day after being rocked with indictments of several of its top officials and allegations of massive corruption and bribery, the Miami Beach-based Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced Thursday that it had dismissed president Jeffrey Webb and vice president Eduardo Li and named senior...Read more

Putin says FIFA scandal 'not our business,' alleges US meddling

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any connection with the bribery scandal afflicting the world soccer organization FIFA, claiming the allegations of inappropriate influence in choosing venues for the next championships are the result of Western "pressure" to move the 2018 games out of Russia.

Calls mounted Thursday for FIFA President ...Read more

South African official denies $10 million bribe to secure 2010 FIFA World Cup

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday vehemently denied allegations that South Africa bribed FIFA officials with $10 million to secure soccer's World Cup in 2010, and accused the United States of going "beyond its borders" by indicting 14 people, including FIFA officials, on corruption charges.

Meanwhile, one ...Read more

FIFA scandal had origins in hotel room

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The scandal that rocked international soccer Wednesday may have gotten its start four years ago in a conference room at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad, where officials attending a meeting of the Caribbean soccer union were handed envelopes containing $40,000 in cash.

They gathered to hear a pitch from a candidate running to replace Sepp ...Read more

Legal case against soccer officials appears strong

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WASHINGTON -- Using multiple inside informants and sophisticated financial tracking techniques first developed for drug transactions, federal prosecutors in New York have presented a powerful indictment of world soccer that may reach even higher into the world's most popular sport.

The 165-page indictment unsealed Wednesday is remarkably ...Read more

Latin America hails FIFA indictments that hit long-serving soccer bosses

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- A sprawling U.S. criminal probe into the "World Cup of fraud" within global soccer touched hard on Latin America and the Caribbean and made clear that many disgusted fans were hungering for a housecleaning.

Hardly anyone came to the defense of the busted soccer federation bosses, who came from Argentina, Brazil, the...Read more

Despite FIFA bribery scandal, soccer's popularity still high in Europe

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ATHENS, Greece -- European soccer fans reacted with a mix of satisfaction and world-weariness to the news Wednesday that top officials of FIFA, the world sport's governing body, had been indicted on corruption charges.

"I'm delighted this happened. It's been appalling to see people die because FIFA wrongly handed Qatar the World Cup," said John...Read more

FIFA soccer officials charged in long-running global corruption scheme

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WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement officials have thrown some serious red cards at the world soccer organization, charging nine top FIFA officials and five corporate executives with conspiracy and corruption for actions that span several decades.

In a 47-count indictment unsealed early Wednesday morning, U.S. prosecutors charged the defendants with ...Read more

FIFA says it won't re-vote for 2018, 2022 World Cup sites

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Hours after nine FIFA members and five corporate executives tied to soccer's governing body were indicted on corruption charges, FIFA announced it would not hold a re-vote on its 2018 and 2022 World Cup host nations.

FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio told reporters during a news conference Wednesday in Zurich that "Russia and Qatar will be ...Read more

Bribes, money laundering and the World Cup: What happens now with FIFA?

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The U.S. Justice Department unveiled indictments Wednesday morning against 14 high-ranking officials with FIFA, world soccer's governing body, who face charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering following a three-year FBI investigation.

The indictment names 14 people, some of whom were arrested Wednesday morning in Zurich by Swiss...Read more

FIFA leaders held in U.S. corruption probe

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LOS ANGELES--The U.S. Justice Department is expected to bring federal corruption charges against as many as 14 high-ranking members of world soccer's governing body Wednesday, following a three-year FBI investigation that could cripple Sepp Blatter's run for a fifth term as FIFA president.

According to CNN, an indictment against the FIFA ...Read more

Mayors embrace UM joining David Beckham in stadium push

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Friday embraced a new push by soccer star David Beckham for a Miami stadium, saying a central role by the University of Miami would be helpful as the school seeks a new home for its football games.

"I think that it's a good idea-- and it's something I brought up to the Beckham ...Read more

MLS commissioner to visit Miami to help David Beckham project move forward

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber told reporters in Los Angeles Monday that he plans to visit Miami sometime in the next week to try and expedite the David Beckham-led project to build a stadium and bring an MLS team to the city.

Garber said he wants "to meet there and try to figure out how to move that project forward."

Beckham and ...Read more

Expansion LA soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site

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LOS ANGELES -- The expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to construct the country's most expensive privately financed soccer stadium on the site of the Sports Arena in Exposition Park, making it the first open-air professional sports venue to be built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.

The $250 million complex, covering 15 acres ...Read more

U.S. soccer's Carli Lloyd has high hopes for Women's World Cup

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For Carli Lloyd there's only one acceptable result for the U.S. in the Women's World Cup, which kicks off next month in Canada.

"Anything but first place," she said, "is definitely a failure."

If that sounds like the bar has been placed high, it's only because Lloyd and her teammates have been slowly pushing it up. Eight years ago, in Lloyd's ...Read more

US women's national soccer team spends Mother's Day beating Ireland

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Some mothers got flowers or cards on Sunday. Abby Wambach got a little more creative, though, honoring her mother with a pair of goals in the U.S. national team's 3-0 win over Ireland in the first of three tune-up matches for next month's World Cup.

"I saw her turn around after her second goal and point up to me," said Judy ...Read more