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Jerome Champagne demands FIFA transparency over World Cups bids

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups must be looked at again if even one vote was improperly influenced, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has told the Mail On Sunday.

FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Tuesday that a criminal complaint had been lodged with the Swiss attorney general over the possible misconduct of individuals in connection to the awarding of the hosting rights for those finals.

However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted that despite...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Valcke: World Cup boycott 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.


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2 days ago

FIFA panel member charged with fraud in Cayman

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A member of FIFA's financial monitoring panel has been charged with fraud in a criminal investigation in his Cayman Islands homeland.

A Cayman anti-corruption unit has charged Canover Watson with money laundering, fraud and breach of trust amid a probe into a 2010 contract to supply local hospitals with a swipe-card billing system.

The 43-year-old Watson is the former chair of a health authority board in the British Caribbean territory.

He issued a statement denying...

2 days ago

FIFA's Jerome Valcke says 2018 boycott talk is 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says there is doubt about the validity of the Russian and Qatar World Cup bids following Judge Eckert's report.

SOCHI, Russia -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be "nonsense."

Some European politicians have suggested that European countries could boycott the World Cup over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which many Western governments accuse Russia of provoking.

Valcke says talk of a boycott is an attempt to "provoke" discord rather than "to be realistic on what the world is today."

He says the World Cup "is a sporting event" and has "nothing to...

2 days ago

Jerome Champagne fears FIFA will hold elections behind closed doors

Jerome Champagne thinks he can overtake Sepp Blatter after working under the current FIFA President for the last 11 years.

Jerome Champagne said he fears that FIFA will vote for the new president of the world football's governing body behind closed doors, and has called for a TV debate ahead of the May election. The former FIFA general secretary is so far the only candidate to stand for presidency against Sepp Blatter. He doubts that he will be given a fair chance.

Champagne, 56, worked for the world football's governing body until 2010. Since leaving the world governing body he has advised various football federations...