Stories by Graham Dunbar

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ronaldo lifts Real Madrid to victory to claim Champions League final

MILAN - Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflict another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid.
By Graham Dunbar

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

UEFA raided by Swiss in search of offshore links

GENEVA - The Union of European Football Associations was raided by Swiss police Wednesday and handed over evidence of a Champions League television rights contract with an offshore marketing ...
By Graham Dunbar

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FIFA wants millions of dollars from US in restitution

GENEVA - FIFA acknowledged that past World Cups were awarded based on bribes, and the organization wants prosecutors to give it "tens of millions of dollars" seized from former officials who ...
By Graham Dunbar

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Blatter says stepping away from FIFA is a 'relief'

ZURICH - At one minute past six on Friday evening in Zurich, Sepp Blatter had a glass of white wine and exhaled deeply. FIFA had finally elected a new president and Blatter was relieved of the ...
By Graham Dunbar

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Messi, Lloyd wins FIFA world player awards

ZURICH - Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Messi won the Ballon d'Or trophy on Monday as the world's best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top ...
By Graham Dunbar

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

FIFA ethics court bans Blatter, Platini for 8 years

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world soccer's most powerful leaders.
By Graham Dunbar

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Platini's fading FIFA bid faces test

ZURICH - Michel Platini's fading chances of becoming FIFA president were tested Friday at an ethics hearing over a payment of about $2 million from Sepp Blatter.
By Graham Dunbar

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Blatter faces judgment by FIFA ethics committee

ZURICH - In the waning days of his presidency, Sepp Blatter attempted to save his job Thursday at the FIFA ethics committee he helped create and whose authority he does not recognize in his case.
By Graham Dunbar

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Federer still having too much fun to think about retiring

BASEL, Switzerland - Like many dads, Roger Federer is talking with his family about how to spend Christmas.
By Graham Dunbar

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Swiss place FIFA President under criminial investigation

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities on Friday as a probe into soccer corruption reached the highest levels and left his grip on the ...
By Graham Dunbar

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

US Attorney General expects more arrests in FIFA probe

ZURICH - FIFA and embattled President Sepp Blatter faced more pressure Monday as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned of new indictments in a widening investigation of corruption in ...
By Graham Dunbar

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Detained FIFA official is extradited

GENEVA - One of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe has been extradited to the United States.
By Graham Dunbar

Thursday, July 9, 2015

American banned for life by FIFA

GENEVA - Chuck Blazer was banned for life by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday for widespread corruption, finally ending the career of the longtime most senior American in world football.
By Graham Dunbar

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blatter urged to commit to leaving office

GENEVA - Sepp Blatter got a clear message on Sunday from FIFA election monitor Domenico Scala - stop flirting with the FIFA presidency and say for sure you are going.
By Graham Dunbar

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Platini has big decision to make about FIFA election

GENEVA - After years of waiting, Michel Platini's destiny with FIFA is coming faster than he thought. Platini has his 60th birthday today with much to celebrate and a big decision to take.
By Graham Dunbar

Thursday, June 11, 2015

FIFA spokesman quits after joke

The latest upheaval saw communications director Walter De Gregorio, closely tied to the embattled president since 2011, abruptly exiting FIFA three days after telling a joke.
By Graham Dunbar

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

More turmoil delays bidding for 2026 World Cup

On another day of turmoil for FIFA and the World Cup, the bidding contest for the 2026 tournament was put on hold.
By Graham Dunbar

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FIFA president fires back at his critics

ZURICH - Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.
By Graham Dunbar

Friday, May 29, 2015

Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.
By Graham Dunbar

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blatter brushes off calls for resignation

ZURICH - As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing ...
By Graham Dunbar
 
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