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MIAMI | FIFA boss says he doesn’t know why prosecutor was suspended

MIAMI — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he doesn’t know why the lead investigator into corruption within the organization was suspended from that role. Infantino was a childhood friend of the prosecutor, Olivier Thormann. The FIFA president said he had no contact with Thormann that might have led to the suspension by the Swiss prosecutor’s … Continue reading MIAMI | FIFA boss says he doesn’t know why prosecutor was suspended

KIGALI, Rwanda | FIFA president: new events will protect soccer’s relevance

KIGALI, Rwanda— FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is pushing for support of new competitions despite Europe’s opposition because it is his duty to protect the “relevance of football.” On the eve of the soccer governing body’s council meeting, Infantino revealed other investors are interested in backing a revamped Club World Cup and a new … Continue reading KIGALI, Rwanda | FIFA president: new events will protect soccer’s relevance

MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin passes torch to Qatar for World Cup 2022

MOSCOW— The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 3 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally passed the torch to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022. Ahead of the final in Moscow between France and Croatia, Putin has met at the Kremlin with Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin passes torch to Qatar for World Cup 2022

MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MOSCOW  — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 5:15 p.m. Will Smith loves Cristiano Ronaldo, won’t hear a bad word spoken against Neymar, and accepts Brazil could have done better. Smith will perform the official World Cup song before Sunday’s final, and was asked how Brazil’s quarterfinal exit compared … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Will Smith shares some love for Ronaldo, Neymar

MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA says World Cup can ease tensions over Qatar

MOSCOW— The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 3 p.m. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says talks over changing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can ease tensions with regional neighbors. Saudi Arabia has joined with other Middle East states in enforcing a hostile boycott of Qatar since June 2017. In … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA says World Cup can ease tensions over Qatar