FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

The Republic of Ireland’s chances of being third seeds in their qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup would be dented should Fifa succeed in exclud(...)

Uefa president Michel Platini: ‘There’s something that’s very surprising to me in the way that this process has played out and I do not like that.’ Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Michel Platini has criticised Fifa over its handling of a controversy regarding 65 designer watches, worth over €1m, given to football administrators (...)

Gary Lineker has claimed he feels sick at alleged corruption within Fifa under its president, Sepp Blatter, above.  Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images)

Gary Lineker has claimed he feels sick at alleged corruption within Fifa and labelled the decision to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as “ludicrous”.(...)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

England will not bid again to host a World Cup until Fifa and its bidding processes have been reformed, the FA chairman, Greg Dyke, has said.Dyke call(...)

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez: ruled out of football for four months. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

Fifa secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has urged Luis Suarez to seek professional help and confirmed his previous biting offences were taken into acco(...)

Luis Suarez of Uruguay comes to grips with   Giorgio Chiellini of Italy  during the  Confederations Cup  clash in  Salvador, Brazil last year. Photo:  Claudio Villa/Getty 2:07

To get a sense of just how protective they are towards Luis Suarez in his native Uruguay consider the case of Ricardo Gabito, an investigative jour(...)

You don’t have to go very far to find a five-a-side pitch among the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro, like this one at the Tavares Bastos slums. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Ten years after it launched its candidacy Brazil’s moment of truth has finally arrived with the kick-off tonight of one of the most controversial Worl(...)

Brazilian Alvaro Diniz plays with a football in a street adorned with World Cup themed designs in São Paulo, Brazil, this week. The World Cup will begin on Thursday. Photograph Diego Azubel/EPA

As a football fan, covering the build-up to a World Cup in Brazil can leave you feeling like a self-hating killjoy.I love the tournament and have done(...)

Fifa’s own goal on Qatar

When Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his executive committee arrive in Brazil this weekend for the World Cup finals their concerns will not be confine(...)

Uefa president Michel Platini  has come under scrutiny amid renewed corruption claims over  Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

The Uefa president, Michel Platini, insisted yesterday that Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup was never mentioned in a meeting between him and t(...)