MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) 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.
Garcia quit Wednesday in protest over the handling of his World Cup bid investigation. The American lawyer's departure could increase pressure on FIFA to publish the 430-page report on the 2010 votes that awarded the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
The 27 members of the executive committee are split over releasing all or part of Garcia's report, which has led to three of them facing unethical conduct charges.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter confirmed Thursday he will end his test career after next year's World Cup and join French club Racing Metro on a deal that could make him rugby's highest-paid player.
The 32-year-old Carter, the most prolific scorer in world rugby with 1,455 points in 102 tests, announced his decision at a news conference to join what is expected to be an exodus of leading test players to European clubs after the World Cup. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online.
The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its discrimination rules. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series.
The 84-year-old Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1's holding company this year while standing trial for bribery in Germany. The case was closed in August when Ecclestone made a $100 million settlement payment. (MORE)
GENEVA (AP) 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. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Liverpool will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling netted twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday, while Tottenham eased through with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.
Lazar Markovic scored between Sterling's first goals since September as Liverpool won on the south coast. Progress in English football's second-tier knockout competition followed a demoralizing week that saw Liverpool exit the Champions League and slip further down the Premier League. (MORE)
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Spanish police on Thursday arrested 17 more members of radical football groups who allegedly participated in a massive street brawl that left one man dead before a match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna last month.
Police say the 17 people were arrested in the northwestern region of Galicia, home to Deportivo. Police say all 17 were associated with the "ultra" group "Riazor Blues," which supports Deportivo. (MORE)