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Football 04 Jun 2015 | 1:57 AM

Qatar says 'prejudice and racism' behind criticism of 2022 World Cup

PARIS/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday there was no way it would be stripped of the right to host the World Cup despite the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, dismissing a "bashing campaign" of criticism of its 2022 bid as anti-Arab prejudice.

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 3:37 AM

FIFA-lionising film that failed in Europe to hit U.S

LONDON (Reuters) - The film "United Passions" in which British actor Tim Roth portrays FIFA president Sepp Blatter does not hit American cinema screens until Friday, but whether it sinks - as it did in Europe - or swims it has at least one immortal line:

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 4:02 AM

Beckham blasts FIFA over corruption scandal

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England captain David Beckham has blasted FIFA over the "despicable" corruption allegations which led to the resignation of Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body.

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 8:42 AM

Ex-FIFA executive detailed bribes in 2013 secret guilty plea

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former executive committee member of soccer’s global governing body FIFA told a U.S. judge in November 2013 that he and other officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, among other major tournaments.

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 1:17 PM

Australia police probe World Cup bid for stolen cash

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's national police are evaluating the country's failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup to see if any funds were misappropriated, as the fallout from the FIFA scandal continued to resonate around the world on Thursday.

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 4:47 PM

Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Once a football minnow, the Middle East has emerged as one of the sport's most powerful blocs during Sepp Blatter's 17-year reign at FIFA, and is likely to have a big say in who will replace the 79-year-old Swiss, who is stepping down amid a deepening corruption scandal at the organisation.

Cricket 04 Jun 2015 | 7:02 PM

ICC receives Abbas presidency nomination from Pakistan

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The International Cricket Council has received Pakistan's nomination of former batsman Zaheer Abbas for the post of president left vacant by the resignation of Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal in April, the governing body said on Thursday.

Football 04 Jun 2015 | 8:47 PM

Economy weighs on Russia World Cup plans amid FIFA scandal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is still likely to host the World Cup in 2018 despite an FBI investigation into Russia's winning bid but his hopes of staging a tournament that impresses his critics are fading.

Football 05 Jun 2015 | 12:57 AM

Blatter may want business as usual, others say 'go now'

BERLIN (Reuters) - To Sepp Blatter, it would seem to be almost business as usual as he sits at his presidential desk at the headquarters of embattled world football governing body FIFA.

World 05 Jun 2015 | 1:40 AM

Panama arrests ex-Vice President Virzi on suspicion of graft

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A former vice president of Panama, Felipe Virzi, has been arrested on corruption and money laundering charges, the latest high-profile political figure to tumble in a wave of graft scandals sweeping Central America.