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World football rocked as top officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases

ZURICH - Seven of the most powerful figures in global football faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after their arrest on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. | Video

Tempers flare in the crowd as Paire beats Fognini 6:17pm BST

PARIS - Temperamental Frenchman Benoit Paire's second round clash with Italian hot-head Fabio Fognini at the French Open on Wednesday always promised fireworks but it was in the Court Seven stands that tempers boiled over.

Costa Rica opens probe into arrested FIFA official Eduardo Li 5:51pm BST

SAN JOSE - Costa Rican authorities said on Wednesday they had opened an investigation into Eduardo Li, one of the FIFA executives arrested in Zurich on suspicion of corruption, adding that its prosecutors were in contact with U.S. law enforcement.

Brazil president urges broad investigation after FIFA probe 5:50pm BST

MEXICO CITY - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday called for all football tournaments and activities to be investigated after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game's powerful governing body, FIFA.

Newcomers Bournemouth sign second goalkeeper Federici 5:48pm BST

- Premier League newcomers Bournemouth signed a second goalkeeper in two days on Wednesday, adding Australian international Adam Federici to their squad.

Russia calls FIFA probe an 'illegal' application of U.S. laws 5:41pm BST

MOSCOW - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the arrests of officials with the soccer governing body FIFA appeared to be an illegal attempt by the United States to impose its laws on foreign states.

Warner's 'football tsunami' warning finally comes true for FIFA 5:20pm BST

ZURICH - Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a "football tsunami" was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.


Give England 2018 World Cup, urges Lennart Johansson 5:16pm BST

STOCKHOLM - Lennart Johansson, former president of European football's governing body UEFA, says the decision to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar must now be reviewed in the light of the latest corruption allegations.

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