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Sepp Blatter looks on(Getty Images)

FIFA files criminal complaint against Blatter over museum

By Associated Press | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:42 PM IST
FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of its loss-making soccer museum in Zurich.
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Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini look on during the Team Seminar ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthia Hotel.(Getty Images)
Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini look on during the Team Seminar ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthia Hotel.(Getty Images)

Blatter, Platini now suspected of fraud in 5-year FIFA case

By Associated Press | GENEVA
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:39 PM IST
The open criminal proceedings had been focused on suspected mismanagement and misappropriation, plus an act of forgery by Platini, linked to FIFA paying the French soccer great $2 million with Blatter’s approval in 2011.
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FILE PHOTO: FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures during a UEFA Congress at Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures during a UEFA Congress at Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo(REUTERS)

FIFA damage ‘irreversible’ over investigation into Infantino

By Press Trust of India | Zurich
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Now Infantino’s talks with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber about the sprawling investigation into football corruption has put them both in the sights of a special prosecutor. There are records of what was said in the three meetings.
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)

Gianni Infantino should remain president during probe: FIFA

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
A Swiss special prosecutor opened a criminal case into Infantino’s conduct on Thursday over his meetings with the country’s attorney general who has been leading a sprawling investigation into football corruption.
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FIFA's Markus Kattner, listens during a conference in Moscow.(AP)
FIFA's Markus Kattner, listens during a conference in Moscow.(AP)

FIFA bans former finance director Kattner for 10 years

By Associated Press | GENEVA
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 11:02 PM IST
FIFA said its ethics committee judges found Kattner guilty of conflicts of interest and abuse of position, including obtaining a recording of a FIFA Council meeting from which he had been excluded.
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Former UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.(REUTERS)
Former UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.(REUTERS)

Michel Platini now a formal suspect in Swiss case

By Associated Press | GENEVA
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Swiss federal prosecutors this month extended their open criminal proceedings into then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s role in the payment to include Platini, according to a document seen Friday by The Associated Press.
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Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich.(REUTERS)
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich.(REUTERS)

Fresh Swiss investigation targets ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter

By Associated Press | GENEVA
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The 84-year-old Blatter has denied any wrongdoing during decades of financial scandals linked to soccer’s world governing body, though he was banned from the presidency and now risks being brought to trial in his home country.
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British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws fake money bills at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a news conference in Zurich on July 20, 2015.(Reuters Photo)
British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws fake money bills at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a news conference in Zurich on July 20, 2015.(Reuters Photo)

Infantino wants to turn football into a huge money machine: Blatter

By Indo Asian News Service | Zurich
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Blatter hit out at Infantino’s proposed expansion of the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams and stated he wants to convert the sport into a money churning machine.
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Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team )(Getty Images)
Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team )(Getty Images)

Indian football in 2019: Time for the ‘sleeping giant’ to rebuild once again

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST
From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings.
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UEFA President Michel Platini leaves the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, after a hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.(AP)
UEFA President Michel Platini leaves the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, after a hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.(AP)

FIFA files court claims to retrieve $2 mn from Michel Platini

By Agence France-Presse | Lausanne
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 10:38 PM IST
FIFA banned Platini, its then vice president, in 2015 over the payment he received, sparking years of bitter recriminations from the Frenchman and a falling out with his former ally Blatter.
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File image of former UEFA President Michel Platini(REUTERS)
File image of former UEFA President Michel Platini(REUTERS)

Former UEFA chief Michel Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 03:26 PM IST
Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption.
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File picture of Sepp Blatter(Getty Images)
File picture of Sepp Blatter(Getty Images)

Ex-FIFA supremo Blatter summoned in 2006 World Cup investigation

By AFP | Lausanne
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 11:30 PM IST
Swiss authorities are targeting Franz Beckenbauer, former captain and coach of the German World Cup winning sides, who was president of the German 2006 bid.
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles prior to the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar.(AP)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles prior to the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar.(AP)

Gianni Infantino sole candidate for FIFA presidency in June vote

By AFP | Lausanne
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:45 PM IST
The 48-year-old has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding the disgraced Sepp Blatter following the corruption scandal which rocked the organisation.
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference(REUTERS)

FIFA’s Gianni Infantino gets election backing from 11-voter Oceania

By AP | Auckland
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 11:48 AM IST
he Oceania group says its executive committee — comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands — voted unanimously to support Gianni Infantino.
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File image of FIFA president Gianni Infantino.(REUTERS)
File image of FIFA president Gianni Infantino.(REUTERS)

Blatter urges investigation of Infantino’s meetings with Swiss prosecutor

By AFP | Lausanne
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2018 10:22 AM IST
The Football Leaks website alleges that Infantino offered favours to a senior Swiss prosecutor, Rinaldo Arnold, in a bid to foster a relationship with Lauber, possibly to obtain privileged information about the FIFA probe.
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A screen displays the VAR goal review confirming Spain's second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Morocco.(AFP)
A screen displays the VAR goal review confirming Spain's second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Morocco.(AFP)

VAR rumbles: Technology wins despite subjective rulings in FIFA World Cup 2018

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2018 08:17 PM IST
Contrary to fears that VAR would kill the debates that are often one of football’s most enjoyable aspects, the system has if anything enhanced those post-match post-mortems in FIFA World Cup 2018.
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Sepp Blatter said he had been invited to attend the World Cup by President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a long-standing close relationship.(REUTERS)
Sepp Blatter said he had been invited to attend the World Cup by President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a long-standing close relationship.(REUTERS)

Banned Sepp Blatter attends football match, says ‘It is my World Cup’

By Reuters | Reuters, Moscow
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 10:42 PM IST
Sepp Blatter is serving a six-year ban from “all football activities” for unethical conduct after FIFA was rocked by a global corruption scandal in 2015.
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Former UEFA President Michel Platini (L) has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA.(AP)
Former UEFA President Michel Platini (L) has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA.(AP)

Michel Platini says cleared by Swiss authorities, plans football return

By Reuters | Reuters, Paris
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2018 02:24 PM IST
A criminal investigation was opened against Michel Platini over a two million Swiss francs payment he received from FIFA in 2011, but the former France captain said on Saturday he had been told by the Swiss authorities that had now been closed.
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Michel Platini has revealed that the draw for the 1998 FIFA World Cup was rigged to avoid a France-Brazil match before the final.(AFP)
Michel Platini has revealed that the draw for the 1998 FIFA World Cup was rigged to avoid a France-Brazil match before the final.(AFP)

Michel Platini admits ‘skulduggery’ to rig 1998 FIFA World Cup draw

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 12:07 PM IST
The revelation comes at a time when Michel Platini is banned from football for receiving a “disloyal payment” when he was head of UEFA from disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter
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Gianni Infantino took over as FIFA president after Sepp Blatter was removed after a corruption scandal.(AP)
Gianni Infantino took over as FIFA president after Sepp Blatter was removed after a corruption scandal.(AP)

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino plans revamped tournaments to win new term

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Lausanne
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 04:44 PM IST
With an eye on 2019 FIFA elections, president Gianni Infantino is busy promoting new money-spinning schemes for world football in order to win a second term.
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Michel Platini has slammed judges who banned him from football, terming them ‘rubbish’.(Getty Images)
Michel Platini has slammed judges who banned him from football, terming them ‘rubbish’.(Getty Images)

Michel Platini slams ‘rubbish’ FIFA and CAS judges: report

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Paris
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2018 09:31 PM IST
Michel Platini’s suspension had scuppered his plans to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, which is now run by former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino
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