Fifa president Sepp Blatter: “In my opinion the World Cup in Russia will be able to stabilise the situation in this region of Europe that is suffering now.” Photograph: Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has rounded on those calling for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and claimed holding the tournament there will (...)

Sepp Blatter: the Fifa president has been accused of abdicating his responsibility by failing to debate the future of the game. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

The 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will take place on December 18th, Fifa has confirmed, allowing the English domestic programme to potentially resum(...)

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks to the press as he arrives for a meeting in Doha - he says there will be no World Cup compensation paid to clubs. Photograph:Getty Images

Fifa’s general secretary Jerome Valcke has claimed Uefa and most of the confederations want December 23rd as the date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup fin(...)

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives for a meeting in Doha  with the Fifa taskforce, including officials from football’s global governing body, top leagues and players’ representatives, to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. Photograph: Getty Images

There have been a few unexpected twists and turns in the whole saga of Qatar’s bid to stage the 2022 World Cup but, to be fair, the announcement th(...)

Abby Wambach of USA was one of the players involved in the lawsuit against Fifa. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

A group of elite players has withdrawn a lawsuit that accused Fifa of gender discrimination over its decision to play this summer’s Women’s World Cup (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal is expected to win his fourth Ballon D’Or. Photograph: Getty Images.

July 5th, 2010 was a quiet day in Johannesburg for journalists covering that summer’s World Cup. The semi-finals were taking place over the following (...)

 General secretary  Jerome Valcke says Fifa are getting closer to deciding the date of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Photograph: Alessandro Della Bella/EPA

The Premier League is to maintain its opposition to moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter despite Fifa edging further towards its preferred op(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) and Fifa president Joseph Blatter (right) at a supervisory board of the local organising committee (LOC) meeting on the preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. Photograph: Mikhail Klementev / EPA

Russia and Ukraine will be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do(...)

A man believed to be Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suarez (second from right) watches as bags are unloaded   outside his home in the small coastal town of Solymar, near Montevideo on Friday. Photograph:   Carlos Pazos/Reuters

Fifa chief Jerome Valcke has claimed Liverpool are not being punished by the four-month worldwide ban imposed on Luis Suarez for biting and told the s(...)

Sepp Blatter has been president of Fifa since 1998.

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has refused to speculate on whether Qatar could be stripped of the World Cup over a new round of bribery allegati(...)