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Sepp Blatter told Obama U.S. lost 2022 World Cup bid before vote

FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010.

Sepp Blatter called United States president Barack Obama before FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar to tell him the U.S. was likely going to lose out, the former FIFA president is quoted as saying in a new book.

Blatter, who has claimed he always pushed for the U.S. to win the 2022 hosting rights, detailed the late change in votes in 2010 that gave the tournament to Qatar in an interview with Bonita Mersiades, a former member of Australia's bid committee.

Mersiades, who has exposed how her...

Bolivia FA chief Carlos Chavez leaves prison for cancer treatment

Carlos Chavez was flown in an ambulance plane Thursday night to a hospital in Sao Paulo.

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Carlos Chavez, the former head of Bolivia's Football Federation, has been granted permission to temporarily leave prison and travel to Brazil to seek treatment against cancer, officials said Friday.

Chavez was jailed in 2015 at Bolivia's notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz on charges he diverted funds from a charity match among other corruption charges.

Authorities said that the 59-year-old was flown in an ambulance plane Thursday night to a hospital in...

FIFA reviews fresh evidence related to Russia doping case

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Players from Russia's 2014 World Cup squad are among 34 football cases under suspicion.

FIFA has intensified the investigation into doping in Russian football, disclosing on Monday it has finally sought details from the chemist who exposed the scale of state-sponsored cheating across sports.

The Associated Press reported last month that Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow and Sochi lab director, was still awaiting contact from FIFA to pursue intelligence on how soccer was tainted by the doping conspiracy.

Evidence and cooperation from Rodchenkov led to 34 suspicious football cases...

FIFA says banned referee had six-year match-fixing history

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey's history of match-fixing has been detailed in court proceedings.

A FIFA investigation linked a referee accused of match-fixing a World Cup qualifier in 2016 to "numerous publicly documented scandals" in the previous six years.

FIFA investigators said Joseph Lamptey of Ghana had "a history of being suspended for poor performances" before being banned for life and typically awarded more penalties than other African referees of his grade.

A common match-fixing tactic is for referees to award penalty kicks after non-existent fouls or handball incidents to help betting...

Banned former Nicaragua football chief Julio Rocha dies

Julio Rocha of Nicaragua
Julio Rocha has died at 67.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Federation president convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, died on Saturday. He was 67.

Federation president Manuel Quintanilla said his predecessor died after an illness he had had "for several months."

Federation spokesman Moises Avalos told Nueva Radio Ya that Rocha had cancer. He added that family members petitioned for him to be able to return from the U.S. to die in his home country, "but unfortunately...

 By PA Sport

CAF to directly pay referees in international matches

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey was banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifying match.

Referees in African international matches will now be paid directly by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the wake of Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey's life ban.

Previously, referees were paid by the host nation, which CAF has now admitted created an "ethical challenge."

Lamptey was banned by FIFA last September after he was found guilty of "unlawfully influencing (a) match result" when he incorrectly awarded hosts South Africa a penalty against Senegal in a World Cup qualifier in November...