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Audit: $128m embezzled from CONMEBOL

 By PA Sport

FIFA fine Albanian FA for fans setting off fireworks against Italy

Albania fans
Albania's fans disrupted the World Cup qualifier against Italy.

FIFA has fined the Albanian Football Association 100,000 Swiss francs (£78,000) for the misbehaviour of its national team's fans during last month's World Cup qualifier against Italy in Palermo.

The hosts won the Group G game 2-0 but it was held up for eight minutes when Albania supporters threw fireworks, flares and smoke bombs on the pitch. Italian fans also set off flares during the game and the Italian FA has been fined nearly £12,000.

Albania has been fined by FIFA for fan incidents...

CONMEBOL chiefs put millions in personal, suspicious accounts - audit

Despite being sacked as Argentina head coach, Edgardo Bauza thinks and hopes they still qualify for the World Cup.
Nicolas Leoz transferred millions of dollars from CONMEBOL to personal accounts while president of the confederation.

SANTIAGO, Chile -- The leaders of South America's soccer confederation transferred $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts, according to an audit released on Wednesday by Ernst & Young.

According to the audit presented to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation's former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.9 million to his personal accounts. Leoz was the president for 27 years until resigning...

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FIFA's Gianni Infantino confirms video assistant referees for 2018 World Cup

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb shares the ins and outs of the VAR initiative.

Video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

Infantino had first talked about introducing video assistants at a meeting of the International Football Association Board in March.

Speaking at a congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Santiago, Chile, he said: "At the 2018 World Cup we will have video referees, because so far the results are very positive.

"It should that not happen that, in 2017,...

CONCACAF files suit against ex-FIFA officials Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer

ESPN's Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

NEW YORK -- North America's football federation has filed a lawsuit claiming it was victimized by two defendants charged in the FIFA bribery scandal.

In papers filed earlier this week in federal court in Brooklyn, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) accuses former FIFA officials Jack Warner and Charles Blazer of making a fortune through embezzlement -- allegations that mirror those in a sprawling U.S. criminal investigation that has resulted...

FIFA life ban for Costa Rican official Eduardo Li in bribery case

CONCACAF are seeking to become a transparent organization in light of last May's FBI raid on their headquarters in Miami.
Eduardo Li was arrested at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich in a 2015 raid.

ZURICH -- FIFA's ethics committee has banned for life the former Costa Rica football federation president Eduardo Li for taking bribes.

The decision was announced on Friday.

Li already entered guilty pleas in Brooklyn federal court last October to charges of racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies.

A U.S. Department of Justice indictment said Li took six-figure bribes from marketing agency Traffic USA linked to commercial rights for World Cup qualifying matches.

Li was arrested at the Baur au Lac...

Sepp Blatter: I was never a person of interest in DOJ's corruption probe

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reacts to the decision made by CAS to uphold Sepp Blatter's six-year ban from football.

ZURICH -- Sepp Blatter has met with U.S. Department of Justice investigators and insists he is not a suspect in their bribery and corruption case linked to FIFA.

"I was never a person of interest or under scrutiny by the American justice. Never," the former FIFA president said on Friday.

Blatter's most recent contact "with lawyers from the United States Justice Department" was several months ago in Switzerland, he said, adding that FIFA legal representatives were also present.

"I have been investigated...