August 20 – The long-awaited sentencing of former Brazilian supremo Jose Maria Marin (pictured right) is scheduled for Wednesday (August 22) in Brooklyn, New York, with federal prosecutors reportedly pushing for a 10-year jail term for the 85-year-old.
August 20 – Hardcore fans of Lazio have caused outrage by circulating a flier saying women should be banned from part of the Curva Nord of Rome’s Olympic Stadium described by supporters as their “sacred space”.
August 16 – The row over racism claims by German midfielder Mesut Ozil, which led to his surprise retirement at 29 from international football, has taken another twist with national teammate Toni Kroos rubbishing such claims.
August 13 – Alex Miescher has been forced to quit as general secretary of the Swiss football federation as a result of controversial comments he made about Swiss players having dual nationality.
August 10 – Mexican broadcaster Televisa is failing to shake off allegations that it bribed its way to the broadcast rights to the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 World Cups, with an amendment to a March complaint in the NY Federal court being filed this week.
August 7 – A small Belfast club has denounced what it describes as “vile sectarian abuse” towards a former Glasgow Rangers player while he was their guest in the city.
August 6 – Chinese authorities have pledged to investigate reports that Senegalese striker Demba Ba was subjected to racial slurs by an opponent at the weekend vowing “stern punishment” if the incident is true.
August 2 – Yet another member of FIFA’s all-powerful ruling Council, which replaced the old executive committee as part of a widespread reform package, has become embroiled in corruption allegations making a mockery of the organisation’s claims that it has weeded out the miscreants within its inner circle.
August 2 – Former French international Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months following an appeal by UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspector against the original sanction.
August 1 – Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad says African football is making improvements in its fight against corruption despite a string of recent cases including the suspension of his former vice-president Kwesi Nyantekyi who ran the Ghanaian federation.
August 1 – An English fourth-tier club that is powered by renewable energy, serves vegan food to players, staff and fans and prides itself on being the “greenest” in the world has received a prestigious United Nations commendation.
August 1 – While most French fans in Moscow were able to celebrate their team’s World Cup triumph, one supporter was apparently not so lucky after being detained allegedly for simply displaying a Tibetan flag.
July 31 – Brazil’s World Cup talisman Neymar has come clean about his histrionics in Russia, admitting in an advertisement that he ‘exaggerated’ his reactions when fouled during the tournament, but his mea culpa has already backfired, the player coming in for heavy criticism in Brazil.
By Andrew Warshaw
July 30 – No sooner has the festering dispute over the leadership of Nigerian football been resolved with Amaju Pinnick restored as its president than the federation has been rocked by bribery allegations involving a prominent member of the Super Eagles’ coaching team, Salisu Yusuf.
By Paul Nicholson
July 27 – SIGA (the Sport Integrity Global Alliance) opened its fourth Sport Integrity Forum at the United Nations Office in Geneva with a powerful call for sport to harness its power to make a difference to the social fabric of the world by Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva.