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Match Hospitality chief executive branded a "fugitive" hands himself in to police

By Nick Butler

Ray Whelan has now handed himself in to Brazilian police after being branded a "fugitive" last week ©TwitterRay Whelan, the chief executive of Match Hospitality, which is at the centre of investigations into a ticketing scam at the FIFA World Cup, has handed himself into police days after being branded a "fugitive". 

Visas to be waived for fans in "unforgettable football feast" at Russia 2018, Putin promises

By Nick Butler

Vladimir Putin declared that supporters travelling to attend Russia 2018 will not require a visa ©Getty ImagesFans visiting Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup will not require visas to enter the country, Vladimir Putin has announced in a Ceremony to mark the handing over of hosting rights from Brazil to the next host nation.

Götze scores FIFA World Cup winner for Germany after boss tells him "show you are better than Messi"

By Zjan Shirinian

Mario Götze scored the winner for Germany to win the country its first World Cup since 1990 ©FIFA via Getty ImagesGerman coach Joachim Löw told Mario Götze "show you are better than Messi" minutes before he scored the goal which saw his team win the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

Adidas team to lift World Cup but rivals Nike hold slender goals lead

By David Owen

It will be an all Adidas final tomorrow when Germany play Argentina in the World Cup final for the third time ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe 2014 FIFA World Cup draws to a close in Brazil this weekend with an all-Nike third-place playoff, followed by an all-Adidas final.

Match Hospitality claims chief executive with lawyer after leaving hotel amid ticket scam probe

By Zjan Shirinian

Match Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan (left) was first arrested on Monday ©TwitterThe chief executive of Match Hospitality is not a fugitive and did not "rush" from his hotel in Rio de Janeiro an hour before police were set to re-arrest him in connection with a ticketing scam, it has been claimed.

Blatter rivals given only 15 minutes to make their case to FIFA Congress

By David Owen

Joseph Blatter is widely expected to run for a fifth term as FIFA President ©Getty ImagesCandidates for the FIFA presidency are to be given just 15 minutes to present their programmes to next year's Congress ahead of the vote, according to newly-published electoral regulations.

FIFA suspends Nigeria Football Federation over Government interference

By Emily Goddard

FIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation ©Getty ImagesFIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect after "Government interference" that saw the national organisation dissolved and replaced by a sole administrator.

Match Hospitality chief branded "fugitive" after leaving hotel as about to be re-arrested

By Nick Butler

Match Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan was arrested at the Copacabana Hotel earlier this week ©TwitterMatch Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan, arrested by Brazilian police earlier this week in connection with a ticketing scam during the FIFA World Cup, has been called a "fugitive" by Brazilian police after reportedly fleeing from his hotel an hour before officials arrived to re-arrest him.

"Dynamic piece of art" unveiled as Women's World Cup 2015 official poster

By Zjan Shirinian

The official poster for Canada 2015 has been described as a dynamic piece of art ©FIFA/Canada 2015A "dynamic piece of art" has been unveiled as the official poster for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.
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