Previous
CSKA Moscow
Bayern Munich
0
1
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
AS Roma
1
1
FT
Game Details
Apoel Nicosia
Ajax Amsterdam
1
1
FT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona
3
2
FT
Game Details
Schalke 04
NK Maribor
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sporting Lisbon
Chelsea
0
1
FT
Game Details
BATE Borisov
Athletic Bilbao
2
1
FT
Game Details
Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Porto
2
2
FT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Derby County
AFC Bournemouth
2
0
FT
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Blackpool
1
1
FT
Game Details
Millwall
Birmingham City
1
3
FT
Game Details
Norwich City
Charlton Athletic
0
1
FT
Game Details
Rotherham United
Blackburn Rovers
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Watford
Brentford
2
1
FT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Nottingham Forest
0
0
FT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Notts County
0
3
FT
Game Details
AFC Telford United
Chester City
1
2
FT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Halifax
0
2
FT
Game Details
Altrincham
Macclesfield Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Braintree Town
Barnet
1
1
FT
Game Details
Dover
Aldershot Town
3
0
FT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Bristol Rovers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Forest Green Rovers
Torquay United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Grimsby Town
Southport
0
1
FT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Gateshead
1
1
FT
Game Details
Welling
Dartford
2
2
FT
Game Details
Woking
Nuneaton Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Wrexham
Kidderminster Harriers
1
0
FT
Game Details
Aberdeen
St Mirren
2
2
FT
Game Details
León
Monterrey
1
3
FT
Game Details
Atlas
Queretaro
2
1
FT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
Santos
1
1
FT
Game Details
São Paulo
Huachipato
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Icasa
Luverdense
1
0
FT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
Portuguesa de Desportos
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Ceará
1
5
FT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
Paraná Clube
2
2
FT
Game Details
Al-Ain
Al Hilal
2
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Herediano
Universidad De Costa Rica
Postp
Postponed - now being played Wed, Oct 1
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 12, 2006

FIFA fires employees over sponsorship dealings

ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA, soccer's governing body, fired its director of marketing and TV and three others in the division Tuesday for dishonest sponsorship negotiations with Visa and Mastercard.

Jerome Valcke, Tom Houseman, Robert Lampman and Stefan Schuster were let go following a ruling in a U.S. court that said MasterCard Inc. could sponsor the 2010 and 2014 World Cups because FIFA didn't play fair when it awarded the rights to credit card rival Visa International.

"The FIFA employees who had conducted negotiations with Visa and MasterCard were accused of repeated dishonesty during negotiations and of giving false information to the FIFA deciding bodies in question," FIFA said in a statement.

"Even though the judgment has proved to be very biased in favor of MasterCard, the fact cannot be overlooked that FIFA's negotiations breached its business principles. FIFA cannot possibly accept such conduct among its own employees."

Last Thursday, a federal court in New York ruled that MasterCard can sponsor the next two World Cup soccer tournaments even though FIFA had awarded the sponsorships to Visa. The judge blamed FIFA for misleading Mastercard, which had a right of first refusal after sponsoring the 2006 tournament in Germany. MasterCard is the country's second largest credit card brand behind Visa.

FIFA said it is considering lodging an appeal against the court's judgment, while also seeking suitable solutions for all parties involved.

Visa said it negotiated its global sponsorship agreement in good faith after FIFA assured it the deal was valid and did not conflict with any of MasterCard's rights.

Valcke declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press because he only learned of his dismissal on Monday.