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 Whistleblower in Michael Garcia’s investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup,  Phaedra Almajid has claimed Fifa’s bungling has put her life in danger. Photograph: EPA/Mohamed Messara

The Fifa World Cup was one of the sporting highlights of 2014. Off the field, however, it has been an annus horribilis for football’s world governing (...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has insisted the ethics investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be reopened, despite the world governing body lodging a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over “suspected unlawful activity” of unnamed individuals connected with the bidding contests.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia has lost his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups. (...)

UTV Ireland is on track to launch its Irish television channel inJanuary 2015 featuring presenters Alison Comyn and Pat Kenny.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Revenues at broadcasting group UTV eased back to a 3 per cent increase in the third quarter to September 30th, with a further strengthening in sterlin(...)

Gaston Irigoyen: “Our goal is to help people transition from hobbyists to professionals. We want to give them the resources to transform their hobby into a business.” PHOTOGRAPH: ALAN BETSON

Gaston Irigoyen was one of Google’s first five employees in Argentina – although he very nearly didn’t end up working for the internet search giant. W(...)

Coke, like rival PepsiCo, has been struggling with declining sales in developed markets such as the United States as consumers become more health conscious

Coca-Cola reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as sales in North America, its biggest market, declined for the second straight quarter.Shar(...)

Twitter’s Brazilator service instantly converts World Cup tweets in 12 different languages into English. André Schürrle  scores Germany’s seventh goal during the 2014 Fifa World Cup semi-final  between Brazil and Germany. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Twitter is using systems developed by DCU researchers in collaboration with Microsoft to translate tweets for users.The social networking and microbl(...)

 Ray Whelan, chief executive of a Swiss hospitality and ticketing company Match Hospitality,  is taken away by police for questioning  over VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup

An English director of Fifa’s hospitality partners Match has been arrested in Brazil as part of an investigation into illegal ticket sales.Ray Whelan,(...)

Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Janet McCollum, chief executive of Moy Park and Lord Morrow, after announcing a £170 million expansion by the company that will provide 628 new jobs across three sites in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena.

Francess McDonnell Moy Park, the County Armagh food company currently enjoying global exposure as a FIFA World Cup sponsor, is to create 528 ne(...)

David Puttnam at the TAM Ireland event in Dublin

The latest figures from TAM Ireland show that Irish people spend an average of three and half hours watching television every day – an increase of (...)

 Brazil’s Fernandinho (right) scoes despite the attention of Cameroon’s Nicolas Nkoulou. Marius Becker/Epa

Cameroon’s football federation (FECAFOOT) is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup finals.The FECAFOOT’s ethics (...)

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