SEOUL, South Korea (AP) FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon said Tuesday he is facing a 19-year suspension by the ethics committee of the world football body for alleged ethics breaches surrounding South Korea's failed bid for the 2022 World Cup, and also for openly criticizing the committee.
The South Korean billionaire denied any wrongdoing and accused the committee of acting as a "hit man" of current FIFA President Sepp Blatter who Chung says is attempting to damage his candidacy.
"The true danger is that they won't stop at sabotaging only my candidacy but also destructing FIFA's presidential election and FIFA itself," the former FIFA vice president said in a news conference in Seoul.
LONDON (AP) Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged by England's Football Association on Monday for accusing Premier League referees of being biased against his team, hours after he was given public backing by the club following its disappointing start to the season.
Speaking after Saturday's 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said referees "are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea." (MORE)
The bad news just keeps on coming for England at the Rugby World Cup.
Two days after becoming the first host team to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, England was told it was being investigated after a member of the team's staff allegedly approached a match official during the 33-13 loss to Australia on Saturday. (MORE)
MADRID (AP) Injuries have forced Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to call up three replacements as his squad prepares for its last two European Championship qualifying matches against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
Dani Carvajal was ruled out after Real Madrid said Monday that its defender had injured tendons in his right ankle during the 1-1 Spanish league draw at crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. Also, Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez sustained a muscle injury in his left leg and Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano has been ruled out due to a knee injury. (MORE)
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) Forward Domenico Berardi has pulled out of the Italy squad with an injury, two days after receiving his first senior international call-up for the upcoming European Champions qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.
The 21-year-old Berardi was named in the starting lineup for Sassuolo's Serie A match against Empoli but pulled up with a muscular injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Matteo Politano. (MORE)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner has been cleared to compete next year after settling a dispute with the Italian Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency over whether she helped her former boyfriend cheat.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Kostner agreed to a demand by Italian doping officials to have a 16-month suspension lengthened by five months in a case involving her ex-boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer. (MORE)
BRUSSELS (AP) The European Union on Monday opened an antitrust case against the International Skating Union for alleged abuse of its position following complaints by two Dutch speedskaters they were threatened with a life ban if they competed in races not sanctioned by the world federation.
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said her office will investigate whether the ISU is trying "to enforce a monopoly" by threatening lifetime bans against skaters. (MORE)