RELATED SOCCER ARTICLES

  • Poker pros' cash hasn't freed betting suspects

    July 28, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lawyers in Las Vegas want immigration authorities to release a wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme and remains in custody even after his poker star friends posted his bail.Wei Seng ''Paul'' Phua, 50, and his son, Darren Phua, 22, were in the Henderson Detention Center on Monday on a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records. A few days earlier, poker professional Andrew Robl and 10-time World Series of Poker Champion Phil Ivey posted a combined $2.5 million to secure the Phuas' release.

  • FIFA seeks investigation of Tavecchio remarks

    July 28, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) - FIFA wants the Italian soccer federation to open an investigation into alleged racist comments by presidential candidate Carlo Tavecchio.FIFA said Monday it has written to the Italian group ''asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA.''

  • FIFA extends Sammut, Edusei bans worldwide

    July 28, 2014

    ZURICH (AP) - FIFA has extended the sanctions imposed on Kevin Sammut and Mark Edusei for match-fixing to prevent them from playing anywhere in the world.Sammut was found guilty by UEFA of colluding with a fixing syndicate in June 2007 to help manipulate Malta's Euro 2008 qualifier in Norway. Malta lost 4-0.

  • Tax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead

    July 28, 2014

    MADRID (AP) - A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.A court statement said there was ''sufficient evidence'' to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star ''could have known and consented'' to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights.

  • Dick Advocaat introduced as Serbia soccer coach

    July 28, 2014

    STARA PAZOVA, Serbia (AP) - Dick Advocaat, who has coached the Netherlands and South Korea at World Cups, is Serbia's new soccer coach.He was introduced Monday and inherits a team that failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Brazil. The 66-year-old Dutchman will be coaching his sixth national team.