Fifa’s head of security has called for an investigation into claims Mohamed bin Hammam made a vote-trading pact to aid Qatar’s World Cup bid. Photograph: Getty

Fifa’s head of security during the controversial race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has called for an investigation into claims Mohamed bin Ham(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks with Fifa president Sepp Blatter  during their meeting at the Olympic Park in Sochi on Monday. Photo: Alexei Druginyn/EPA

With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the weakened rouble are taking their toll on preparations, as(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter in talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Photo: Alexei Druzhini/AFP/Getty Images

World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should stay at home, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to host venue Soc(...)

Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Luis Figo says that he has received support from African federations. Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Fifa presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go(...)

Fifa have declared a profit on the 2014 World Cup of about €2.2 billion on total revenues of €4.44 billion. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/Keystone

If Fifa officials have seemed unconcerned these past few weeks about the prospect of having to throw cash at the problem of Qatar and the reschedulin(...)

Fifa will make major concessions to clubs after the announcement the 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18th. Photograph: Afp

The cost to Fifa of having to reschedule the 2022 World Cup in Qatar edged up again this morning with the news that, as expected, the game’s leading c(...)

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(...)

Speaking in Belfast, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than December 18. Photograph: Walter Bieri/EPA

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than December 18th, a move which could protect English footb(...)

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(...)