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Former FIFA boss Blatter says money risks ruining the sport

VIENNA (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter, the former boss of soccer's world governing body FIFA who was ousted during a corruption scandal, has said money risks ruining the sport.

Swiss attorney general blasts investigation into handling of FIFA probe

BERN (Reuters) - Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber on Friday called a disciplinary probe into his conduct in a soccer corruption investigation an attack on his office's independence.

Swiss prosecutor, under fire, defends handling of soccer probe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's top prosecutor defended his handling of a high-profile investigation into soccer corruption on Saturday amid scrutiny of closed-door meetings he has held with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Abuse allegations leave Afghanistan women's soccer team in tatters

KABUL (Reuters) - Allegations of sexual abuse of members of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team by sport officials have resulted in missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out, taunts and entreaties from parents to their daughters to quit playing.

How a refugee footballer's honeymoon turned into an extradition nightmare

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The honeymoon that Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi and his wife had hoped to have in Thailand late last year did not go according to plan.

'He is a free man': Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport.

"He is a free man": refugee Bahraini footballer heads home to Australia

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a case that had drawn international criticism.

Thai court to hear Bahraini extradition request for footballer

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai public prosecutor on Friday submitted to a criminal court Bahrain's extradition request for jailed footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, who fled his country amid political upheaval and has refugee status in Australia.

Afghanistan suspends officials after women's football team abuse investigation

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Attorney General has suspended the head of the Afghan Football Federation after a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women's football team, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Sunday.

Afghan authorities probe allegations of abuse in women's football team

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan authorities are investigating allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women's soccer team after a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper that said they were molested by officials from the Afghan football federation.