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Mutko resigns from WC org committee

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FIFA reviews fresh evidence related to Russia doping case

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Players from Russia's 2014 World Cup squad are among 34 football cases under suspicion.

FIFA has intensified the investigation into doping in Russian football, disclosing on Monday it has finally sought details from the chemist who exposed the scale of state-sponsored cheating across sports.

The Associated Press reported last month that Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow and Sochi lab director, was still awaiting contact from FIFA to pursue intelligence on how soccer was tainted by the doping conspiracy.

Evidence and cooperation from Rodchenkov led to 34 suspicious football cases...

FIFA says banned referee had six-year match-fixing history

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey's history of match-fixing has been detailed in court proceedings.

A FIFA investigation linked a referee accused of match-fixing a World Cup qualifier in 2016 to "numerous publicly documented scandals" in the previous six years.

FIFA investigators said Joseph Lamptey of Ghana had "a history of being suspended for poor performances" before being banned for life and typically awarded more penalties than other African referees of his grade.

A common match-fixing tactic is for referees to award penalty kicks after non-existent fouls or handball incidents to help betting...

Banned former Nicaragua football chief Julio Rocha dies

Julio Rocha of Nicaragua
Julio Rocha has died at 67.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Federation president convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, died on Saturday. He was 67.

Federation president Manuel Quintanilla said his predecessor died after an illness he had had "for several months."

Federation spokesman Moises Avalos told Nueva Radio Ya that Rocha had cancer. He added that family members petitioned for him to be able to return from the U.S. to die in his home country, "but unfortunately...

 By PA Sport

CAF to directly pay referees in international matches

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey was banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifying match.

Referees in African international matches will now be paid directly by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the wake of Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey's life ban.

Previously, referees were paid by the host nation, which CAF has now admitted created an "ethical challenge."

Lamptey was banned by FIFA last September after he was found guilty of "unlawfully influencing (a) match result" when he incorrectly awarded hosts South Africa a penalty against Senegal in a World Cup qualifier in November...

 By PA Sport

Russia's Vitaly Mutko formally relieved of World Cup committee duties

ESPN FC's Craig Burley does not feel Russia will emerge from Group A that also contains Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay.

Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has been formally removed as the chairman of the committee organising this summer's World Cup.

The document announcing his exit from the committee he has fronted since its creation in March 2011 -- three months after the bid he led won the right to stage the 2018 tournament -- was signed by Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev on Dec. 30 and published on Thursday.

It had already been announced that Mutko will be replaced as chairman of Russia 2018's organising...

 By PA Sport

FIFA opens investigation into Rhian Brewster racial abuse claim

Rhian Brewster
Rhian Brewster says he's experienced or witnessed racial abuse a number of times.

FIFA is investigating Rhian Brewster's claim that England teammate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish opponent during the Under-17 World Cup final, football's world governing body has confirmed.

Liverpool teenager Brewster made the allegation in a powerful interview with the Guardian last week.

The 17-year-old Londoner told the newspaper he has either personally experienced racial abuse or witnessed it on a football pitch seven times, including five occasions in the past seven months.

Two...