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Blatter: I haven't resigned as FIFA president

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FIFA bans World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls

Switzerland's attorney general said his investigation into possible money laundering incidents relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests would not exclude interviewing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be interviewed by Swiss authorities investigating potential fraud surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the possibility of some confederations detaching themselves from FIFA.
Qatar have continued their World Cup preparations despite FIFA corruption allegations and accusations of poor working conditions in their country.

The head of FIFA's inspection team for the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been banned from football for seven years after it was revealed he asked for favours from Qatar.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, 54, was in charge of the commission which assessed each bid and which rated Qatar, the winner of the vote to host the 2022 tournament, a high-risk option due to searing heat of the summer.

A leaked email from FIFA's chief ethics investigator Cornel Borbely said Mayne-Nicholls "repeatedly asked...

Yemen default World Cup qualifier for ineligible player

ZURICH -- FIFA has ordered Yemen to default a World Cup qualifying match for fielding a player who was technically banned.

FIFA says it awarded North Korea a 3-0 win over Yemen in an Asian second-round group-stage match on June 11.

North Korea had won 1-0 against a Yemen team including Mudir Al Radaei. He should have served a one-match ban for getting yellow cards in both legs of the previous round.

The game was played in Doha, Qatar, after FIFA ruled Yemen unsafe to host matches.

Yemen are last...

CONCACAF outlines reform after FIFA corruption scandal

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer questions the impact CONCACAF's new reform will have.
Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner has denied he will make a plea deal with the FBI over Sepp Blatter's involvements in FIFA corruption.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop details former FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF president Jack Warner's indictment in the FIFA corruption probe.
U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie expands on CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb's involvement in soliciting and collecting bribes from sports marketing executives.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb discusses his belief that CONCACAF should have additional spots in the World Cup, explaining Europe should lose spots.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb discusses the state of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, citing there is far more parity with the emergence from the likes of Costa Rica and Panama, rather than the traditional United States and Mexico rivalry.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb discusses the improvements FIFA has made under Sepp Blatter, FIFA's contribution to CONCACAF and believes FIFA would benefit from being more transparent.
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti addresses the latest news coming out of FIFA, with the 2026 World Cup bid process being postponed.

With its reputation in tatters following a corruption scandal, CONCACAF announced on Monday a reform framework that has been approved by the organization's Executive Committee.

The proposals for North and Central American and Caribbean's governing body contained in the framework were put forward by a three-man special committee consisting of U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, and Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean...

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FIFA boss Sepp Blatter 'not going to take the risk of travelling'

The absence of under-fire FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke from the FIFA Women's World Cup final will not affect the event, according to tournament organizers.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted he has "nothing to fear" on a personal level as an investigation into corruption at FIFA which has seen 14 people indicted in the United States continues.

However, Blatter -- who also said he would not be standing for re-election again -- has revealed he has no intention of travelling while the crisis continues as he fears being arrested to create a further crisis for world football's governing body.  

The 79-year-old told Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper:...

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Sepp Blatter makes claim of 'political interventions' by France and Germany

The absence of under-fire FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke from the FIFA Women's World Cup final will not affect the event, according to tournament organizers.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed there were "political interventions" from the presidents of France and Germany ahead of the voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Blatter, who has revealed he will not travel to avoid the chance of arrest, alleges former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff sought to influence vote-makers before the two tournament hosts were announced in December 2010.

Russia were awarded the 2018 World Cup while Qatar were named as...