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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA's Sepp Blatter says he's not responsible for corruption

FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaks to the FIFA Congress regarding yesterday's corruption and racketeering indictments rooted within the world's football governing body.
The ESPN FC crew preview FIFA's presidential vote, as Shaka Hislop and Craig Burley explain Sepp Blatter is unable to protect others in FIFA because he is only concerned about saving himself.
As E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap recently chronicled, throughout Sepp Blatter's 17 year tenure at the helm of FIFA, the organization has been linked scandal and corruption.
U.S. defense attorney Mike Miller talks through the legal process of bringing charges on Sepp Blatter.
Sports ethics campaigner Jamie Fuller has called on FIFA's sponsors to withdraw their support and for president Sepp Blatter to resign in the wake of the latest corruption scandal to hit the under-fire organisation.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap examines FIFA's questionable culture under Sepp Blatter's watch for the past 20 years.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman do not see any escape from blame for the charges of corruption that have happened under FIFA president Sepp Blatter's watch.
Today's arrests on federal corruption charges are the latest in a string of controversies surrounding FIFA. E:60 reports with Jeremy Schaap recently examined the most powerful man in sports, Sepp Blatter, and his leadership of FIFA..
The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets on how Michel Platini is considered better than Sepp Blatter, what must change at FIFA and whether or not Shaka Hislop should run for President of the World.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves deeper into the two decades of "systematic corruption," following Sepp Blatter's statements that he will not resign as FIFA president.

Vowing to fight corruption, absolving himself of responsibility and calling on FIFA's members to help rebuild trust, FIFA president Sepp Blatter spoke in general terms about the Wednesday arrests of FIFA members following a probe by the U.S. Justice Department.

In his welcome speech on Thursday to the 65th FIFA Congress ahead of Friday's presidential election, Blatter spoke publicly for the first time since the corruption scandals threw FIFA into crisis.

"I know many people hold me responsible. We,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russia's Vladimir Putin accuses U.S. of meddling with FIFA, 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United States is meddling in FIFA's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that it is "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.'

Two of the 14 people charged by U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday have U.S. citizenship.

Football's world governing body was plunged into crisis after...

Russia blasts U.S. over FIFA corruption case

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop details former FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF president Jack Warner's indictment in the FIFA corruption probe.
ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman and Ian Darke agree that FIFA should reconsider the locations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman do not see any escape from blame for the charges of corruption that have happened under FIFA president Sepp Blatter's watch.
The FBI raided the headquarters of the soccer body CONCACAF in Miami Beach on Wednesday.
U.S. Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber and FBI Director James B. Comey detail the ways in which FIFA officials transferred bribes totaling over $151 million in exchange for votes and other kickbacks.
Today's arrests on federal corruption charges are the latest in a string of controversies surrounding FIFA. E:60 reports with Jeremy Schaap recently examined the most powerful man in sports, Sepp Blatter, and his leadership of FIFA..
U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie expands on CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb's involvement in soliciting and collecting bribes from sports marketing executives.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch reveals all the details and evidence used against the nine former and current FIFA executives and five corporate executives indicted on corruption charges.
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap believes that Sepp Blatter has too much backing to not be re-elected as FIFA President on Friday.

Russia has accused the United States of acting illegally following the FBI-led investigation in Zurich.

The 2018 World Cup is due to be played in Russia and while that fact does not appear to be under threat at the moment the Russian foreign ministry was clearly unimpressed with the US's actions.

"Without going into the details of the accusations ... this is clearly another case of illegal exterritorial use of U.S. law," said a statement on the website of the Russian foreign ministry.

"We hope...

Russia cuts 2018 World Cup budget by more than $70 million

MOSCOW -- The Russian government has cut its budget for the 2018 World Cup by more than $70 million.

When Russia won the bid to host the event, its economy was booming. But under the pressure of Western sanctions and low oil prices, the economy has suffered over the past year and concerns are high about the financial burden of the World Cup.

The government website says the budget will be cut by 3.6 billion rubles ($71 million) to 660.5 billion rubles ($13.2 billion). The savings is to come from lowering...

FIFA defers vote on continent rotation for World Cup bids

As Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, a new FIFA rule could exclude Europe from 2026 bidding.

ZURICH -- FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA's executive committee met on Monday and had the option of blocking bids from confederations which hosted one of the two previous tournaments.

The panel meets again on Saturday.

As Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, the rule could exclude Europe from 2026 bidding. The United States, Canada and Mexico are likely candidates.

FIFA says the executive committee decided that the 2026...