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Visa Sends A Warning That It Could Pull Its FIFA Sponsorship

What a difference a week makes: Although last week it seemed Visa, Coca-Cola and other big name sponsors would stick with their sponsorships of the 2022 soccer World Cup amidst rumors of human rights abuses in host country Qatar, after multiple officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and several allied businesses were arrested yesterday, it seems some companies are getting cold feet. [More]

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FIFA Officials Arrested On Racketeering, Bribery, Money Laundering Charges

The world’s most prominent soccer organization has been rocked this morning with the arrest in Switzerland of multiple officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and several allied businesses on charges that include racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering. The Justice Dept. claims the defendants have been enriching themselves through corruption for more than two decades. [More]

(Rendering of World Cup venue in Qatar; via FIFA)

Visa, Coca-Cola Respond To Human Rights Concerns About Qatar World Cup; Not Pulling Out As Sponsors

Since the mysterious cabal that is FIFA announced that the 2022 soccer World Cup would be played in Qatar, there have been rumors of graft, concerns about the exceedingly high temperatures, and most importantly multiple reports of human rights abuses at worksites for the new stadiums and other facilities being erected around the country. As more people call on the event’s largest sponsors to pull their support, some are responding, though none are giving any indication that they won’t slap their name on the wildly popular tournament. [More]

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Soccer Team Requires Fans To Scan Hands Before Entering Games

If you think it’s a hassle getting a pat-down and walking through a metal detector at an NFL or baseball game, that’s nothing compared to what fans of one professional soccer team have to go through. In an effort to identify hooligans and cut down on hooliganism, the team now requires hand scans from all of its hometown fans before entering the stadium. [More]

A rendering of the under-construction stadium in Lusail, Qatar, that is intended to play host to the opening and closing games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA Exec Says Qatar Is Just Too Hot To Host 2022 World Cup

There are numerous reasons why Qatar was a questionable choice to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, from the conditions for the workers building the venues to allegations of corruption in the bidding process to basic issues of human rights. But for one exec at the international soccer association, it’s just too darn hot in Qatar. [More]

StubHub Users Seeking World Cup Tickets In Brazil Stymied By Cyber Attack

StubHub Users Seeking World Cup Tickets In Brazil Stymied By Cyber Attack

Soccer fans (yes, other countries, we know you call it football) in Brazil trying to score resold tickets on StubHub in that country have been blocked from doing so after the site suffered a large denial-of-service attack and shut down. This, amidst the insistence of soccer’s governing body FIFA and the Brazilian government that all tickets to the upcoming World Coup tournament should come directly from FIFA. [More]

Adidas Drops World Cup T-Shirts After Host Country Brazil Deems Them Too Sexy

Adidas Drops World Cup T-Shirts After Host Country Brazil Deems Them Too Sexy

The country that put thong bikinis on the map would rather not put out the wrong message about its citizens during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil has nixed two graphic T-shirts from Adidas for being too suggestive, saying the country doesn’t want to promote sexual exploitation. [More]

Audio: Fan Begs Comcast "Executive Customer Relations" For Fox Soccer HD

Audio: Fan Begs Comcast "Executive Customer Relations" For Fox Soccer HD

The clock is running out. English Premier League soccer kicks off on August 12th. Many satellite and cable providers have added the Fox Soccer Channel in HD, but Comcast still has not in the Bay Area. Soccer fans who want to see the beautiful game in HD are looking to switch providers if Comcast doesn’t add FSCHD pronto. This is an audio recording one of the fans made to Comcast “executive customer relations.” My favorite part is how at first the rep says one of the holdups is bandwidth issues and then after the fan proves that wrong and says “The bandwidth argument doesn’t hold up either,” the rep agrees and says, “I know, I know.” [More]

Soccer Officials Suspended In Bribery Scandal

Soccer Officials Suspended In Bribery Scandal

Long-standing accusations of corruption in the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the world soccer governing body, have picked up traction lately, forcing two top officials in the organization to step aside in light of accusations that they offered $40,000 bribes to two dozen officials in an attempt to buy their votes for the presidency. [More]

2 Pounds Away From Weight Loss Goal

2 Pounds Away From Weight Loss Goal

I’m 2 lbs away from my weight loss goal. What’s my secret you ask? An ancient technique passed down to me by visions of an Aztec god: diet and exercise. Specifically soccer. Oodles of soccer. [More]

Fox Soccer Channel Delivers Lousy Streaming Video, Indifferent Customer Service

Fox Soccer Channel Delivers Lousy Streaming Video, Indifferent Customer Service

The great thing about the revolution in streaming video is that we can subscribe to niche services that supplement or replace cable TV. The problem with such services is that when they fail, you only have one option for that content. John, a fan of England’s Premier League, subscribes to a service through Fox that streams games not broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel. The streaming service is on its second year, and the quality is noticeably worse than last year. He could cancel his subscription, but that would leave him with no soccer at all. [More]

UEFA Issues Red Card To Vuvuzelas

UEFA Issues Red Card To Vuvuzelas

Nothing makes a monotonous soccer game more difficult to watch than several hours of the monotone bleating of vuvuzelas, the plastic horns that drove many World Cup viewers to hit the mute button. Thankfully, the Union of European Football (don’t call it soccer) Associations has decided to ban the noisemakers. [More]

Nothing Will Silence Those Damn Vuvuzelas

Nothing Will Silence Those Damn Vuvuzelas

If the sound of vuvuzelas — those ubiquitous plastic horns used by thousands of soccer fans — has made your World Cup viewing experience seem more like a visit by a horde of 17-year cicadas, Consumer Reports has a message for you: tough luck. Nothing short of muting your TV’s sound will silence the noisemakers, though there are a few ways to make them less annoying. [More]

Watch The World Cup Online Live (Sometimes Free!)

Watch The World Cup Online Live (Sometimes Free!)

The World Cup has started and there’s several places you can watch the beautiful game, aka soccer, aka association football, streaming live online and free. There’s restriction depending on your geographical location and internet service provider, but with a little effort and know-how you should be catching all the excitement of the awesomest sport in the world in no time. [Lifehacker] [More]

Soccer Team Gives "Refund" After Epic 4-0 Beatdown

Soccer Team Gives "Refund" After Epic 4-0 Beatdown

The Seattle Sounders got beat 4-0 by the LA Galaxy, prompting one of the players to suggest that fans deserve a refund and apology from the team. It seem the ownership agrees. Sort of. They’re offering a one game credit to season ticket holders as compensation for the crappy play. It’s not a refund exactly, but its almost one. [More]

ESPN To Bore Soccer Viewers In 3-D

ESPN To Bore Soccer Viewers In 3-D

Advancing ever closer to “The Ocho” prophesied by the movie Dodgeball, ESPN announced yet another new network, although this one will do more than televise college lacrosse and late-night strongman competitions. [More]

Prove You're Financially Literate And Win At Online Soccer!

Prove You're Financially Literate And Win At Online Soccer!

We’re not sure what “soccer” is—it looks like it might be some sort of real-world Quidditch without the brooms—but Visa and a bunch of soccer players have released a fancy-schmancy (for a website, at least) online version that tests your financial literacy. You can try it out at financialsoccer.com instead of working this morning.

That's A Bad Costume

That's A Bad Costume

If you buy this for your kid, I will report you to Social Services.