FIFA’s top spokesman left his job Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
Admittedly, I am finding it difficult to focus on one particular soccer topic for this column. It has been an eventful week on multiple levels.
Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others in soccer’s governing body agreed to receive bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
The end for Sepp Blatter came suddenly, just days after he had seemingly solidified his hold on FIFA.
Sepp Blatter has resigned. Who should be the next president of FIFA?
New York City FC has given up the first goal in nine of its 13 matches this season, in large part due to their lack of an intimidating force along their back line. That, however, could change soon.
Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.
As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body.
The Russian president tried to portray the probe as an attempt to go after dissenters, likening the case to the persecution of U.S. whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio says soccer’s governing body is the “damaged party” in the corruption probe and will cooperate fully with authorities.
The former South African president, Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid leader died Thursday at the age of 95, leading to a vast outpouring of tributes from the world’s best-known athletes and top sporting bodies.