January 17 – The preventive detention of Sandro Rosell, the former Barcelona strongman who is accused of money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian national football team, is the longest in Spanish judicial history for an alleged economic crime according to local reports.
January 15 – The trial of two men facing allegations related to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy got under way today including that of the officer in command of the match, now retired chief superintendent David Duckenfield, on a criminal charge of gross negligence manslaughter.
January 2 – FIFA has been hit with a Swiss Supreme Court ruling ordering it to pay $16.8 million plus interest in compensation to US-based ticket broker JB Sports Marketing (JBSM), for World Cup tickets it never received.
By Paul Nicholson
December 19 – The European Union, China and Canada all spoke out in support of Qatar’s case against Saudi Arabia at a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting today discussing the beoutQ piracy of broadcast programming. All three backed the contention that Qatar had the right to pursue protection of the intellectual copyright through the organisation.
September 7 – Former Guatemala football chief and one-time FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero avoided a jail term when he was sentenced on Thursday to time served, releasing him from house arrest following his role in the FifaGate corruption scandal.
December 5 – Former Guatemala football chief and one-time FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero (pictured left) will be sentenced by a judge in New York this week in the latest move in the FifaGate scandal.
November 22 – In what will be judged as bitter disappointment for both FIFA and regional confederations Concacaf and Conmebol, a US judge has ruled that they can collectively recoup just $2.63 million from two former officials convicted on bribery charges, a small fraction of the roughly $125 million they had sought.
November 19 – A Swiss federal prosecutor cleared of wrongdoing after being suspended amid questions about his conduct during investigations into suspected corruption surrounding FIFA will not be getting his job back.
November 14 – Eduardo Li, the former president of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) and one of the original ‘Zurich Seven’ arrested in the FifaGate corruption scandal, is now free to return to his homeland on so-called supervised release after serving nine months in prison and a period on parole.
By Andrew Warshaw
November 9 – Swiss prosecutors have launched an investigation into alleged suspicious links between Gianni Infantino and a senior judicial official who comes from the same area of the country as the FIFA president.
By Andrew Warshaw
November 7 – Eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday with two rounds to go and in trouble near the foot of the French league, Monaco have been rocked off the pitch with the news that their Russian billionaire owner has been taken into in custody.
By Andrew Warshaw
November 6 – In a landmark case that is potentially pivotal to UEFA’s efforts to force clubs to balance their books or suffer the consequences, Paris St Germain’s ongoing dispute with European football’s governing body over financial fair play is going all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
November 1 – An Italian court has sentenced former international World Cup star Vincenzo Iaquinta to two years in jail for firearm offences and his father, Giuseppe, to 19 years at the end of a trial of almost 150 people.
October 31 – Spanish FA vice president Andreu Subies has been arrested as part of the same police operation that also saw the federation’s former president and FIFA powerbroker Angel Maria Villar resign on corruption charges.
October 25 – During their 2026 World Cup campaign, Moroccan officials were at pains to stress how human rights were not an issue – just as Turkey did for the 2024 Euros.