Swiss investigate possible FIFA money laundering
Reeling from an American federal investigation of bribery in soccer, FIFA was put under more pressure Wednesday as the scale of a separate Swiss investigation of suspected money laundering was revealed.
Banks in Switzerland have flagged 53 possible acts of money laundering that could be linked to FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney general said.
Future World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar were not implicated by Swiss federal prosecutor Michael Lauber.
Still, the “huge and complex” case he outlined could potentially force FIFA to reexamine taking the world’s mostwatched sports event from either country if new evidence proves wrongdoing.
“I don’t mind if this has some collateral [damage] somewhere else,” Lauber said of his investigation, addressing the media for the first time since the dual Swiss and American criminal probes into FIFA were announced three weeks ago.
Taking advantage of a bad night by Neymar, Colombia defeated Brazil, 1-0, in the Copa America, keeping its quarterfinal hopes alive in the South American tournament.
Robbie Keane scored three goals and the Galaxy advanced to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup with a 6-1 victory over PSA Elite at StubHub Center.
Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic each scored for the Galaxy. Michael Salazar scored the lone goal for PSA Elite, an amateur club based in Irvine.
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— Sam Farmer
UCLA and Georgia will play a twogame football series beginning in 2025.
Seeking to bolster their non-Southeastern Conference schedule, the Bulldogs will face UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 30, 2025, and will host the Bruins on Sept. 5, 2026.
The schools haven’t played since Georgia won the 1983 season opener at Sanford Stadium.
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka’s eight-match winning streak ended at Queen’s Club in London when Kevin Anderson edged him, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (11). Alexandr Dolgopolov failed to follow up his first round upset of Rafael Nadal when the Ukrainian was defeated, 6-3, 7-6 (4), by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.. ... Roger Federer moved closer to an eighth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, by beating Ernests Gulbis, 6-3, 7-5, to reach the quarterfinals.
Former world No. 1s Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic departed from the Aegon Classic singles draw, with only Ivanovic confident of being ready for Wimbledon in 11 days.
Azarenka suffered another blow to her chances of reviving her faltering career when she was forced to withdraw from the tournament in Birmingham, England, with a left foot injury. Ivanovic lost to Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6).