Ireland players have rubbished suggestions made in an Argentinian newspaper that they were paid $10,000 each in return for Lionel Messi emerging from 2010’s friendly game at the Aviva unscathed. Photograph: Getty

Irish players involved in the friendly game against Argentina nearly five years ago have dismissed as “absolute nonsense,” a story in which it is sugg(...)

Lionel Messi dribbles past Robbie Keane in the friendly between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in 2010. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

The FAI has denied allegations made in Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that the friendly between Ireland and Argentina at Lansdowne Road in 2010 wa(...)

 Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer agreed to act undercover for US prosecutors and has been cooperating since at least 2011 in the government’s investigation of soccer corruption. Photo: Wilfredo Lee: AP

Chuck Blazer was working undercover for the FBI for 18 months while still a member of Fifa’s executive committee, his plea agreement with US justice a(...)

‘Some might say there are other organisations which could more appropriately have been scrutinised for evidence of crimes touching directly on US interests. Banks, for example. HSBC, for instance.’ Above, Fifa officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities  in Zurich  last week.  Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times 1:31

What business is it of the FBI that Fifa officials may have been involved in skulduggery in Switzerland? Whence comes US attorney general Loretta Lync(...)

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

OWEN GIBSON Fifa has suspended bidding for the 2026 World Cup in light of the chaos that has enveloped the organisation on a day when Swiss invest(...)

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara, one of the 2018 World Cup host citie in Russia. Photo: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Fifa’s secretary general Jerome Valcke has told a news conference in Russia that details on the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, which were (...)

Jack Warner: paid his deputy Chuck Blazer $750,000 out of the $10m payment that was officially destined for the CFU as a legacy programme to support football in the Caribbean. Photograph: Diego Urdaneta/AFP/Getty Images

The $10 million sent from Fifa to Jack Warner never appeared in the annual accounts of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and nor did Fifa track the m(...)

Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is accused of diverting $750,000 of funds donated by Fifa towards Haiti earthquake victims. Photo: Diego Urdanetta/Getty Images 2:45

Jack Warner, the embattled former Fifa vice-president at the centre of corruption charges, faces a new slew of allegations as more details emerge of p(...)

Australian soccer chief Frank Lowy has said his nation  was guilty only of being naive in campaigning for a vote he described as effectively pre-determined. Photograph: Getty

Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup never stood a chance because their officials had not understood that votes were secured in back rooms accordin(...)

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner hold a copy of a check while he speaks at a political rally in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago. Warner made a televised address Wednesday night, saying he will prove a link between soccer’s governing body and his nation’s elections in 2010. Warner said he has documents and checks that link FIFA officials to the election. Photograph: Anthony Harris/AP 2:45

A former Fifa boss has admitted bribes were paid to senior officials to vote for the 2010 and 1998 World Cups, as a former vice-president of footba(...)