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Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums

With World Cup long gone, Brazil still trying to find ways to make good use of new stadiums
Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press

SAO PAULO - It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums — again.

When the World Cup ended, Brazil was left with a sense of pride after successfully hosting soccer's showcase tournament. It was also left with 12 modern facilities that officials said would help revitalize the sport in the country.

Now, Brazil's brand new arenas are having to host weddings, children's parties and religious events to generate revenue.

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

Blatter says FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, will release Garcia's report
John Leicester, The Associated Press

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

Blatter says FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, will release Garcia's report
John Leicester, The Associated Press

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

A day after ethics prosecutor resigns, FIFA meets amid crisis on squashed probe
John Leicester, The Associated Press

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

Two-speed labour system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

To assuage critics, Qatar builds two-speed labour system of haves, have-nots for 2022 World Cup
John Leicester And Rob Harris, The Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar - Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant labourers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of its workers.

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia resigns; slams leadership, loses faith in Eckert
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert.

Resignation statement from FIFA prosecutor Garcia

Resignation statement from FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Statement from Michael Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee:

For the first two years after my July 2012 appointment as independent Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee's Investigatory Chamber, I felt that the Ethics Committee was making real progress in advancing ethics enforcement at FIFA. In recent months, that changed.

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia resigns; slams leadership, loses faith in Eckert
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert.

1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

1998 World Cup winner and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry retires after 20-year career
Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press

PARIS - In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished.

It wasn't France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup, remains the national team's leading goal-scorer, and second-most capped player.

Henry, who speaks French, English and Spanish, decided to announce his retirement by posting a message in English on his Facebook page, and via a statement from his future employer, Sky Sports in Britain.

FIFA dismisses Garcia's appeal of World Cup probe

FIFA dismisses prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal of how his World Cup probe was handled
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The status of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts seemed even more secure Tuesday after FIFA dismissed ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal against the handling of his investigation into the bidding process.

FIFA said its appeals panel ruled the case "not admissible."

The former U.S. Attorney had objected to ethics judge Joachim Eckert's summary of the World Cup bid investigation, claiming "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations" of his work.

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