Myanmar arrests Thai migrant boat owner: State media

 A Thai national who allegedly owned a boat that was recently discovered by the Myanmar navy crammed with more than 200 migrants has been arrested, state media said today.

Objective Canada as World Cup looms amid FIFA scandal
Objective Canada as World Cup looms amid FIFA scandal

The Panini stickers are ready and a football video game featuring international women`s teams has been unveiled for the first time as Canada gets set to host the FIFA Women`s World Cup in a week`s time.

Asia sports leader questions raid to detain FIFA officials
Asia sports leader questions raid to detain FIFA officials

A top Olympic official about to join FIFA`s executive has questioned the timing of what he called a "Hollywood-style" operation to detain FIFA members in a corruption raid.

England could host 2018 World Cup: FA
England could host 2018 World Cup: FA

England could feasibly step in and host the 2018 World Cup if it was stripped from Russia over new corruption allegations, a Football Association spokesman said on Thursday.

Visa's tough stance on FIFA augurs more sponsor demands, say experts
Visa's tough stance on FIFA augurs more sponsor demands, say experts

Visa Inc`s public warning to FIFA that it may end its sponsorship if world soccer`s governing body does not quickly clean up its act will likely prompt other sponsors to take a tough stance as a major corruption scandal involving FIFA unfolds, brand experts said.

Brazil vows `vigorous` probe following FIFA scandal
Brazil vows `vigorous` probe following FIFA scandal

Brazil will investigate with "great vigor" accusations that led to the arrest of seven FIFA officials, including the vice president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, its justice minister said Thursday.

Swiss say no plans to question FIFA chief Blatter for now
Swiss say no plans to question FIFA chief Blatter for now

Swiss authorities said Thursday there were no plans as yet to question FIFA`s veteran leader Sepp Blatter in their investigation of money laundering and corruption allegations against football`s main international body.

Russia's Vladimir Putin says US trying to block Sepp Blatter reelection as FIFA head
Russia's Vladimir Putin says US trying to block Sepp Blatter reelection as FIFA head

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the arrests of top FIFA delegates in a US probe as an attempt by Washington to oust Sepp Blatter as head of the organisation.

Sponsors pile pressure on Sepp Blatter ahead of FIFA vote
Sponsors pile pressure on Sepp Blatter ahead of FIFA vote

Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term.

Britain says 'something deeply wrong' at FIFA
Britain says 'something deeply wrong' at FIFA

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday there was something deeply wrong at the heart of world soccer`s governing body FIFA and that it needed to be reformed.

Questions arise about banks' role in FIFA bribery case
Questions arise about banks' role in FIFA bribery case

A raft of banks could face tough questions in the sweeping U.S. crackdown on alleged corruption in global soccer as prosecutors review how much they knew about millions of dollars in bribes flowing through the U.S. banking system to accounts around the world.

FIFA tremors rattle Women's World Cup
FIFA tremors rattle Women's World Cup

Women`s World Cup officials and sponsors expressed concern over the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer`s governing body on Wednesday while trying to keep the focus on the global showcase that kicks off in 10 days across Canada.

Latin American soccer fans cheer FIFA corruption sweep
Latin American soccer fans cheer FIFA corruption sweep

As if losing the World Cup to Europe on home soil for the first time was not enough, Latin American soccer now faces more humiliation with some of its most powerful executives arrested in a massive international corruption sweep. 

FIFA presidential election should be postponed: UEFA
FIFA presidential election should be postponed: UEFA

The FIFA presidential election should be postponed after football`s world governing body became embroiled in two corruption storms, the European confederation UEFA said Wednesday.

Head of English FA calls for FIFA`s Sepp Blatter to go
Head of English FA calls for FIFA`s Sepp Blatter to go

The chairman of England`s Football Association called on FIFA President Sepp Blatter to leave the position on Thursday after a major corruption scandal engulfed the sport.

Brazil leader, soccer bosses back FIFA graft probe
Brazil leader, soccer bosses back FIFA graft probe

Brazil`s Football Confederation (CBF) and the country`s president said Wednesday they backed a corruption probe into FIFA, as one of seven people detained, Jose Maria Marin, was sidelined as CBF number two.

FIFA crisis deepens amid corruption arrests, fight over elections goes on
FIFA crisis deepens amid corruption arrests, fight over elections goes on

Fifa has been drawn into a deep crisis by the arrest of senior officials in raids in Zurich on Wednesday followed by a long-running FBI investigation, while Swiss authorities simultaneously launched an inquiry into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

South Africa says bribery claim `baseless`
South Africa says bribery claim `baseless`

South Africa has dismissed as "baseless" allegations made Wednesday in a US indictment that the country paid $10 million (nine million euros) in bribes to host the 2010 World Cup.

Key World Cup sponsors concerned with FIFA scandals
Key World Cup sponsors concerned with FIFA scandals

Key World Cup sponsors including McDonald`s, Adidas and Budweiser expressed strong concerns Wednesday after global football body FIFA was enveloped by a new corruption scandal.

Sepp Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing in football
Sepp Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing in football

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to "root out any wrongdoing in football" after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S. and Swiss authorities on Wednesday.