“Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round – but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport,” Sepp Blatter told a Swiss newspaper.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

In what is becoming a regular pattern, Fifa has been forced to insist hurriedly that Sepp Blatter will not stand again for the presidency and will “l(...)

Sepp Blatter has told Swiss newspaper Blick he hasn’t resigned as Fifa president. Photograph: Epa 2:49

Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper he has not quit as Fifa president, adding to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer’s gover(...)

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(...)

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said investigators were examining “nine terabytes” of information seized from Fifa’s Zurich headquarters and Swiss banks. Photograph: Reuters 1:31

Swiss investigators are looking into 53 possible cases of money laundering and 104 incidents of suspicious activity in Swiss bank accounts as part of (...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter promised in 2011 that his fourth term as president would be his last before performing a U-turn. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/EPA

Fifa has moved to head off speculation that Sepp Blatter could stay on as president by pointedly making it clear the adviser responsible for suggestin(...)

Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber will make a statement on Wednesday regarding the scope of the investigations into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. Photograph: Afp

Switzerland’s attorney general will make a statement on Wednesday about his investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. M(...)

Domenico Scala, head of Fifa’s audit and compliance unit, has urged Sepp Blatter not to renege on his promise to stand down as Fifa president. Photograph: Reuters

The head of Fifa’s audit and compliance unit, Domenico Scala, has underlined the need for a new president and for widespread reform in the wake of rep(...)

The FAI shredded and replaced 18,000 programmes for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland after comments made by John Delaney about Fifa. Photograph: PA

The FAI have shredded and replaced 18,000 matchday programmes ahead of Saturday’s European Championships qualifier against Scotland in order to get(...)

Interpol have suspended their partnership with Fifa amid ongoing corruption investigations. Photograph: Getty

Interpol has suspended a 10-year, 20 million euros partnership with Fifa amid ongoing investigations into alleged corruption at world football’s gover(...)

Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Argentina’s Lionel Messi during their friendly football match at Khalifa Stadium in Doha on November 17th, 2010. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss criminal investigation into suspected irregularities and money-laundering over Fifa’s award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and (...)