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Valcke says reputation destroyed as he appears before tribunal

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said his reputation had been destroyed by his 10-year ban from football as he appeared before a hearing to overturn the punishment at sport's highest appeal court on Wednesday.

FIFA finds no cause to block Russia and Qatar World Cups

ZURICH (Reuters) - A much-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups makes no suggestion that Russia or Qatar should lose the right to stage the tournaments, despite detailing numerous attempts to influence voting officials.

Swiss convict ex-banker in soccer corruption case

ZURICH (Reuters) - A former Swiss bank employee has been convicted for document forgery and failure to report suspected money laundering, prosecutors said on Friday, the first sentence in a Swiss criminal investigation surrounding FIFA, world soccer's governing body.

Exclusive - Julius Baer seeks to stem fallout from FIFA corruption case: sources

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Julius Baer executives have told U.S. prosecutors that a former employee acted alone when he allegedly helped funnel kickbacks and bribery payments to a soccer official in the Americas, people familiar with the investigation told Reuters. The former banker, Jorge Arzuaga, is expected to plead guilty over his role in the FIFA-related corruption, one of the people said.

Appeal on length of Russell doping ban dropped by locals

KINGSTON (Reuters) - The decision on whether West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell should serve a longer ban for breaches of the whereabouts rule now rested with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), according to Jamaica's anti-doping authority.

Former Guatemalan FA president Jimenez banned for life

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan football chief Brayan Jimenez has been banned from the sport for life for offences which included "bribery and corruption", FIFA's ethics committee said on Monday.

FIFA hands 1,300-page corruption report to Swiss authorities

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA has completed a 22-month internal inquiry into allegations of high-level corruption and criminal misconduct that buffeted world football and handed its report to Swiss authorities, football's ruling body said on Friday.

Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors over World Cup bid

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of their investigation into his country's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.

Ex-head of Salvadoran soccer federation given eight years in prison

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The former president of El Salvador's soccer federation, who is wanted in the United States for alleged corruption, was sentenced to eight years in Salvadoran prison for labour fraud, the country's attorney general's office said on Monday.

Former FIFA Secretary General Valcke appeals 10-year soccer ban

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from football, the tribunal said on Tuesday.