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Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup hos...

Ben Walsh

Why FIFA Won't Disclose How Much It Pays Its Executives

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

A lack of transparency at one of the world's most important sports institutions.

FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns Over Alleged Corruption

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2015 | Sports

* Garcia loses confidence in FIFA ethics commission's independence * Investigator says soccer's governing body lacks leadership ...

FIFA Refuses To Help World Cup Workers

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | Sports

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the welfare of migrant workers involved in building facilities for the 2022 World Cup in ...

Dave Jamieson

FIFA Is Keeping Its Corruption Report Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Joining a growing international chorus, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Thursday asked soccer's international governing body to release the fi...

Sport and Society for Arete: The NFL, Women and Sport

Richard Crepeau | Posted 11.05.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the most popular professional sports league in the United States. This week he demonstrated just how much he learned at the feet of his predecessors, Paul Tagliabue and especially Pete Rozelle.

FIFA Under Fire For Allegedly Giving Bonuses To Top Execs

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports

It seems FIFA is having one controversy after the next. Before the World Cup opened, FIFA was dogged by allegations of corruption, then stadiums in Br...

UEFA Leaders Have Had Enough Of FIFA President

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 06.10.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — In a stinging rebuke for Sepp Blatter, European football leaders told the veteran FIFA president on Tuesday that he should leave th...

Jason Linkins

Twilight Of The International Sports Scoundrels: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

In just a few days, the eyes of the sporting world will be on Brazil, where the world’s finest soccer teams (and also Australia) will gather in the ...

Qatar World Cup Bid Faces New Corruption Allegations

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 08.01.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have denied fresh allegations of wrongdoing after a British newspaper report questioned the ...

FIFA President: Qatar World Cup Is A 'Mistake'

AP | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) — It is "a mistake" to hold the World Cup in the searing summer heat of Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. "Yes. We...

FIFA Debating Winter World Cup

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 10.03.2013 | Sports

ZURICH -- ZURICH (AP) — FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditio...

2022 World Cup Moving?

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 10.25.2013 | Sports

ULRICHEN, Switzerland — FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cu...

FIFA Reaffirms Its Role as Pillar of Established Order

James Dorsey | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Greater transparency and accountability as well as the enabling of powerful international sports associations to live up to their lofty principles and values would be significantly enhanced by recognizing reality for what it is: sports and politics are inextricably intertwined.

FIFA: Maybe We Shouldn't Have Given Brazil The World Cup...

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Latino Voices

You probably won’t catch FIFA President Sepp Blatter with a picket sign in his hand. Blatter said Wednesday it may have been a mistake to allow B...

The Riot in Rio -- Anti-FIFA Backlash Spotlights English As Brazil's Other Language

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Inside and outside stadiums throughout Brazil one saw banners and placards in English and in Portuguese. Online media and social utilities like Facebook and Twitter feature pages and live citizen journalist updates in both languages.

Racist Chants Halt Roma-Milan Match

AP | Posted 07.13.2013 | Sports

MILAN — FIFA president Sepp Blatter was "appalled" when he learned of the racist chanting that caused AC Milan's match against Roma to be suspen...

FIFA Hacked

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Sports

ZURICH — Two of FIFA's Twitter accounts have been hacked in the latest wave of cyberattacks claimed by Syrian government sympathizers. A series...

Blatter vs. America -- Part 2: Why He Might Be a Little Bit Right but It's Still His Fault

Steve Clare | Posted 03.24.2013 | Sports
Steve Clare

In the first part of this article, I wrote about FIFA Present Sepp Blatter's assertion that North America does not have what he called a strong league. This week, I examine the second key part of his observations, that we have no league "recognized by American society."

Only Fans Can Ban Racism Among European Soccer Spectators

Andrei Markovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

Only the fans can raise the threshold of shame which will eliminate this scourge and make the public expression of racism an iron-clad taboo.

Blatter vs. America -- Part 1 of a Serene and Mature Analysis

Steve Clare | Posted 03.10.2013 | Sports
Steve Clare

Sadly we already know from the deliveries of World Cup Finals to Russia and Qatar that Sepp Blatter has effectively divorced football from the advancement of human rights. Rather than be a force for good, he simply wants FIFA to be a force.

Agreement With UEFA Bolsters Reformists in Troubled Asian Soccer Body

James Dorsey | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Last month's signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Asian Football Confederation and the Union of European Football Associations, potentially boosts an uphill battle by reformers to strengthen governance in the AFC.

Youth Players Charged In Fatal Soccer Attack

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 12.04.2012 | Sports

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Richard Nieuwenhuizen was doing what he loved: watching his son play soccer and volunteering as a linesman. On Monday, the ...

Corruption Could Boot Brazil Football Czar Off Golden Throne

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The futebol drama unfolds as president Dilma and her close advisers seek to balance the nation's civic religion and number one source of nationalistic pride with more serious matters of state