The demise of a relationship that produced one of the most popular games of all time will mean risks for soccer’s governing body but few changes for its players.
Soccer did not have to allow itself to be the field in which geopolitical rivalries played out, or the stage on which oligarchs sought power and prestige.
The head of the star-studded FIFA Legends program was found to have sexually harassed a subordinate in 2019. The victim still isn’t sure he was ever punished.
The end of a long and profitable relationship with soccer’s governing body would mean renaming one of the most popular video games of all time.
Soccer is in love with the Big Idea. But a focus on fundamentally changing the game’s calendar leaves no room for a necessary debate about fixing it.
Publicly, soccer’s global governing body criticized a breakaway European Super League. Privately, it had held talks for months with the founders about endorsing the competition.
As opposition mounts to a breakaway European league, Paris St.-Germain opted out, Manchester City’s coach spoke up and an Italian official called an architect of the plan “a Judas.”
The founding members of a league that would reshape the sport have warned its authorities that they have filed motions in multiple courts to stymie any efforts to block their plans.
Ahmad Ahmad, the president of one of FIFA’s six regional confederations, was accused of abusing his office, mishandling funds and trading in gifts.
A new inquiry takes aim at undisclosed meetings with a Swiss official leading investigations into soccer corruption.