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2018 Russia World Cup organising official allegedly gave bribery tips on Fifa voters and how to sway them

One of the architects of last year’s World Cup, and Russia’s triumph to stage it, has been accused of sending an email on how to bribe Fifa voters to award it to his country. Russian investigative outlet The Insider claimed to have obtained leaked correspondence from a member of… Read More

Soccer attracts most misconduct allegations in global sports: report

Soccer accounted for 87% of 240 allegations of misconduct reported to the Sport Integrity (SI) Hotline over the last two years, highlighting “a significant number of match-fixing, internal corruption and sexual abuse issues”. The SI Hotline, established by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) in 2018, gives whistleblowers from… Read More

Refereeing Football: The EU’s Yellow Card for Money Laundering

Professional football clubs and players’ agents will be required to report suspicious transactions to the police or face criminal sanctions, just like banks, if radical measures proposed by the European Commission are adopted. These measures are recommended in the Staff Working Document that accompanied the Commission’s recently published Supranational Risk… Read More
7th August 2019
Swiss federal prosecutors have filed fraud charges against three former senior German soccer officials and one Swiss over a suspect payment linked to the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany, the Swiss Attorney General’s office said on Tuesday. The indictment alleges former German Football Association (DFB) presidents Theo Zwanziger and… Read More
19th June 2019
AP — Switzerland’s federal criminal court says it recused attorney general Michael Lauber from overseeing a sweeping criminal investigation of FIFA officials. The federal court says it upheld requests by two claimants it did not identify to remove Lauber from the case because of undeclared meetings with FIFA president… Read More
27th May 2019
AP — FIFA is restoring the offense of “corruption” to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term. The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become… Read More
13th May 2019
AP — Switzerland’s attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible violations of his duties in the… Read More
2nd May 2019
AP — The president of the African soccer confederation has denied allegations of bribery against him made by a high-ranking official at his body who was then fired. CAF president Ahmad, who goes by one name, said he had no control over finances at the confederation after former secretary general… Read More
25th April 2019
AP — Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been acquitted of money laundering charges after spending nearly two years in prison. Court officials in Madrid said Wednesday there was not enough evidence for a guilty verdict on charges related to the sale of television rights for matches involving the Brazilian… Read More
16th April 2019
African soccer’s ruling body has fired a senior official after he made corruption accusations against the organization’s president in a potential blow to FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals worldwide. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) sacked general secretary Amr Fahmy after the Egyptian… Read More
13th April 2019
AP — A special counsel’s office in Switzerland says it has closed an investigation into a regional prosecutor’s links with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. After reports in the “Football Leaks” series last November, a criminal proceeding for possible passive corruption was opened against Rinaldo Arnold, a childhood friend of Infantino. Read More
22nd March 2019
AP — The FIFA ethics committee has given a life ban to a South American soccer official who took bribes linked to the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. FIFA says Luis Chiriboga, a former Ecuador soccer federation president, has also been fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million). It is… Read More
26th February 2019
AP — Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell arrived in handcuffs Monday to stand trial on charges of money laundering related to the sale of television rights for matches involving the Brazil national team. Rosell, a former Nike executive in Brazil who presided over Barcelona from 2010-14, has been accused… Read More