SOCHI, Russia -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be "nonsense."
Some European politicians have suggested that European countries could boycott the World Cup over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which many Western governments accuse Russia of provoking.
Valcke says talk of a boycott is an attempt to "provoke" discord rather than "to be realistic on what the world is today."
He says the World Cup "is a sporting event" and has "nothing to...
FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and FIFA watchdog Michael Garcia are reported to be meeting on Thursday to discuss the American lawyer's World Cup bidding probe, according to Sky Sports.
Garcia sought the meeting after his ethics panel co-chairman Eckert last week released a summary of Garcia's investigation into World Cup bidding that the former U.S. federal prosecutor calls "incomplete and erroneous."
Swiss law professor Mark Pieth, one of four senior figures involved in the FIFA reform...
Russia coach Fabio Capello said he thought his team played well despite falling to a 1-0 defeat in Austria on Saturday.
Rubin Okotie was able to slot home from Harnik's teasing cross on a first-half counter-attack, and Austria were able to hang on to win.
"Tough game. The result is not OK for us because we played a good game," Capello said. "We had our chances to score goals we did not score. This is the problem. And then we made the one mistake and they scored a goal.
"We played a good game....