Switzerland

LAUSANNE, Switzerland | Former FIFA official Makudi at court for ban appeal hearing

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — From FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport challenging his ban for forgery ahead of a Thailand soccer federation election. Makudi says he is “very confident. I didn’t do anything wrong.” The former Thai federation president is appealing against a 3 1/2-year FIFA ban that … Continue reading LAUSANNE, Switzerland | Former FIFA official Makudi at court for ban appeal hearing

GENEVA | World Economic Forum hosts Balkan leaders in Switzerland

GENEVA — The World Economic Forum’s president said Tuesday that the organization’s move to bring together leaders from four Western Balkan countries and regional powers aims to fight “complacency” in a region facing lingering tensions on a route used by migrants into Europe. Borge Brende, a former Norwegian foreign minister, said that lessons from history … Continue reading GENEVA | World Economic Forum hosts Balkan leaders in Switzerland

NYON, Switzerland | Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024

NYON, Switzerland— Germany will host soccer’s 2024 European Championship after beating Turkey in a UEFA vote. Germany was the campaign favorite with a proven track record of hosting. Turkey is a four-time losing candidate after failed bids to host Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016. UEFA relies on the competition to help fund 55 member federations. … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | Germany beats Turkey to host Euro 2024

GENEVA | Abramovich ends Swiss residency bid after ‘defamatory’ claim

GENEVA— Russian oligarch and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich has withdrawn an application for residency in Switzerland after authorities made clear that it would be rejected, officials said Wednesday. Lawyers for Abramovich lashed out at “defamatory” allegations involving money laundering and denied that he has links to organized crime. Abramovich had apparently wanted to … Continue reading GENEVA | Abramovich ends Swiss residency bid after ‘defamatory’ claim

BERN, Switzerland | Game paused as soccer fans protest esports

BERN, Switzerland— Soccer fans in Switzerland held up play by throwing tennis balls and games consoles on the field in an unusual protest against esports on Sunday. The referee stopped the Swiss league game between host Young Boys and Basel for two minutes early on at Stade de Suisse while the pitch was cleared. Young … Continue reading BERN, Switzerland | Game paused as soccer fans protest esports

LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

LAUSANNE, Switzerland— In a concession to women’s soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams traveling to France for next year’s tournament. Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at … Continue reading LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

NYON, Switzerland | UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

NYON, Switzerland — Cristiano Ronaldo should learn next Thursday if he is banned from playing at former club Manchester United in the Champions League. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo’s first Champions League red card on Sept. 27. Ronaldo tangled with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the defender’s … Continue reading NYON, Switzerland | UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week