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Documents show US investigation of 2 Kuwaitis in FIFA case

AP — Two senior Olympic officials from Kuwait, one reputed to be the “kingmaker” of IOC elections and another who is president of swimming’s international governing body, have been targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice for suspected racketeering and bribery related to FIFA and international soccer politics,… Read More

FIFA, Deemed a Victim of Its Own Scandal, Will Share $200 Million Payout

Even as top soccer officials were still being arrested as part of a sprawling corruption investigation in 2015, lawyers for the sport’s global governing body and U.S. prosecutors began to embrace an intriguing premise: The soccer organization, FIFA, and its affiliates were not only the hosts of the scheme, the… Read More

Cook Islands Football President banned for six years

The President of the Cook Islands Football Association, Lee Harmon, has been banned from all football activities for six years and fined $US75,000. The Oceania Football Confederation’s Disciplinary and Ethics Committee found Mr Harmon had breached five articles of the OFC Code of Ethics, including conflicts of interest, offering and… Read More
18th August 2021
The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation may enter a guilty plea next Monday over his alleged role in a sprawling corruption probe surrounding FIFA and other soccer governing bodies, court records show. A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn for Reynaldo Vasquez,… Read More
28th May 2021
Julius Baer Group Ltd. will pay almost $80 million to resolve a U.S. probe of its role in the payment of tens of millions of dollars in bribes to leaders of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer. The U.S. charged the Swiss private bank with a money-laundering… Read More
6th May 2021
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino won his bid to have a specially appointed prosecutor removed from an investigation into undocumented meetings Infantino held with former Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber. Stefan Keller’s comments in press releases in 2020 and 2021 “were not presented in an objective manner,”… Read More
2nd May 2021
The Malta Football Association Executive Committee has approved reforms on good governance both at the association as well as club level, president Bjorn Vassallo told a news conference pm Thursday. Vassallo said that good governance has been at the forefront of his electoral mandate and also ranks high on the… Read More
1st April 2021
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has addressed the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group on the last day of its video conference summit. Invited to speak on the fight against corruption in sport, President Infantino shared the lessons that the new FIFA has learned through its post-2016 reforms, as well as from the… Read More
1st April 2021
Julius Baer can resume large acquisitions after markets watchdog FINMA lifted a ban levied against the Swiss private bank last year for failings in combating money laundering involving cash linked to world soccer body FIFA and Venezuela’s oil company. In February 2020, FINMA cited scores of failings at Switzerland’s third-largest… Read More
1st March 2021
The world governing body for football, FIFA, says it has run out of time to prosecute Franz Beckenbauer and two others for allegedly paying bribes in the build up to the 2006 World Cup.  FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber, which judges ethical breaches, ruled on Friday that too much time had… Read More
14th December 2020
A confidential UEFA-commissioned report into the transfer market concluded money-laundering was widespread and “dominant agents” were exploiting a failure to enforce rules banning third-party ownership. A summary of the 2018 report that was never published but has been seen by the Guardian indicates it made eight recommendations to help rectify… Read More
24th November 2020
FIFA on Monday barred the top official in African soccer from the sport for five years, upending the leadership of one of its six regional confederations only months before a presidential election and offering a new reminder that corruption continues to plague global soccer even at its most senior levels. Read More
9th November 2020
Julius Baer has made an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle allegations over its role in corruption surrounding global soccer body FIFA, the bank said on Monday. The bank has taken a provision of $79.7 million to cover expected fines after agreeing in principal to a… Read More