President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday extended his greetings to the government and the people of Qatar on the occasion its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's accession, to be celebrated on June 25.
FIFA`s granting of rights to Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022 is a focus of U.S. and Swiss probes into alleged corruption at soccer`s governing body, but that isn`t stopping a group financed by the tiny nation from coming to Washington this week to talk about cleaning up sports.
The world`s largest Muslim organisation has thrown its weight behind Qatar`s hosting of the 2022 World Cup, hitting back at Western criticism of the Gulf Arab state`s dealings with FIFA amid a corruption probe into world soccer`s governing body.
Russian President Vladimir Putin`s confrontation with the West is "artificial" and aimed at protecting Russia`s ruling elite and distracting attention from a corrupt system, a former Russian oil tycoon said on Wednesday.
Switzerland`s Office of the Attorney General said football`s governing body FIFA had handed over more IT data on Wednesday, including, according to one source, records from FIFA President Sepp Blatter`s office.
Leading clubs could benefit from the corruption storm engulfing FIFA if the world soccer body fails to clean up its act convincingly, Aston Villa`s American chief executive Tom Fox suggested on Wednesday.