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Summary

  1. Fifa reform process: US attorney general news conference
  2. Attorney general on Fifa scandal: "The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous"
  3. Two Fifa vice-presidents arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes
  4. 14 more men indicted in football corruption probe
  5. Neville: If I turned down Valencia job, I could have said goodbye to my credibility

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And that brings this specially-extended Sportsday to a close. For more details on the Fifa crisis, make sure you read our breaking news story. And there will be more reaction in tomorrow's Sportsday from 08:00 GMT on Friday. Join us then.

Fifa corruption scandal

Football

Here are the key points from the US Department of Justice news conference after more charges were brought in the Fifa corruption scandal:

  • 16 more officials have been charged by US officials investigating corruption at football's world governing body Fifa
  • Former Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb has pleaded guilty to money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering
  • Seven other defendants have also pleaded guilty 
  • "Every culpable individual who remains in the shadows...you will not escape our focus" - US Attorney General

Fifa corruption scandal

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Quizzed about Sepp Blatter again, US attorney general Lynch says the investigation continues & "has many focuses & many, many individuals"

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The US Department of Justice: "The new charges unsealed today bring the total number of individuals and entities charged to date to 41. 

"Of those, 12 individuals and two sports marketing companies have already been convicted as a result of the ongoing investigation. 

"The convicted defendants have agreed to pay more than $190 million in forfeiture."

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Lynch adds this is far from the end of her department's investigations into Fifa.

US Attorney General: "As always, we anticipate additional charges..."

Fifa corruption scandal

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Lynch is then asked about she hopes to bring to justice defendants Ricardo Teixeira and Marco Polo del Nero, with the US having no extradition treaty with their native Brazil.

"We have extradition treaties with number of these countries and some we do not but that does not preclude that we may ultimately obtain those defendants in a US courtroom," she said,

"Other have chosen to come in before and we do not know those individuals' travel plans."

Fifa corruption scandal

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We are now on to questions and first up Loretta Lynch is asked about suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter's view this investigation is motivated by the US missing out on the 2022 World Cup.

"I don't have any direct response to Mr Blatter," she said.

"I think he's well aware of the nature of our charges and he's probably spending a great deal of time reading through the 92 pages of our superseding indictment, which I believe speaks for itself.

"This investigation covers years of conduct by dozens and dozens of people both in the past and literally into the future."

Fifa corruption scandal

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Eight defendants, including some from a previous indictment in September, have pleaded guilty to corruption, announces US Attorney Robert Capers.

One of the men named is former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb, who has "accepted responsibility for his action and extensive forfeiture" according to Capers.

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Chief of Investigation Richard Weber of the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division takes over:

"Today is another good day for soccer fans," he said.

"Unfortunately from the decades-long corruption that has been uncovered by the US investigation, good intent has been replaced by greed and misguided goals.

"This case has been nothing short of one of the most complex, worldwide financial investigations ever conducted.

"The integrity of the US financial system was breached by the defendants to promote and conceal their criminal schemes." 

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INDICTED BY U.S.: Brayan Jiménez: Current Guatemalan soccer federation president and member of the FIFA Committee for Fair Play

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US Attorney Robert Capers: "One of the men, Romer Osuna, is alleged to have taken millions of dollars in bribes as treasurer of Conmebol. Amazingly, he is now a member of Fifa's audit and compliance committee - one of Fifa's sub-committees charged with developing reform proposals."

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FBI assistant director in charge Diego Rodriguez takes the stage.

"This is but one more step forward in our effort to level the playing field of soccer," he said.

"We have found evidence of newly-alleged criminal activity more recently carried out by those whose greedy impulses won out over common sense.

"No one is beyond the reach of the law - even though soccer is a game to many it is merely a business enterprise to those profiting from the athletes and the fans.

"Along with our partners we uphold our promise to root out corruption in its many forms."

Fifa corruption scandal

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US Attorney Robert Capers: "These people held a variety of leadership roles and represent countries across the western Hemisphere. Each one was entrusted with specific responsibilities to develop and promote the sport with integrity. 

"They abused their position of authority and trust to enrich themselves. They used the institutions they were supposed to serve, year after year, to satisfy they own greed."

'You will not escape our focus'

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Lynch has a stark warning for other corrupt Fifa and football officials yet to be brought to justice.

"The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous," she said. "The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable.

"And the message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out.  You will not escape our focus.

"Anyone who seeks to live in the past and to return soccer to its old ways is on the wrong side of progress, and does a disservice to the integrity of this beautiful sport."

'They hijacked the world's most popular sport'

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Lynch continues...

"Not content to hijack the world’s most popular sport for decades of ill-gotten gains, these defendants, as alleged, sought to institutionalize their corruption to ensure that it lived on, not for the good of the game but for their own personal aggrandizement and gain," she said.

"The roles of several of the defendants in these schemes illustrate the depth as well as the persistence of the alleged corruption.

"The defendant Héctor Trujillo currently serves as a judge on the Constitutional Court of Guatemala, purportedly dispensing justice by day while allegedly soliciting bribes and selling his influence within."

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Lynch addresses Concacaf president Alfredo Hawit and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout, the two Fifa officials arrested in Switzerland earlier on Thursday.

"We are now working to extradite those defendants to the United States, just as we are working to secure the arrest and extradition of additional defendants residing in other countries," she said.

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch: "They solicited and obtained 200m US Dollars through alliances with sports marketing companies and shut out competitors through the systematic payout of bribes and kickbacks."

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In her opening statement Lynch says the investigation was into "pervasive and long-running consiprances in the world of soccer."

She added the defendants in the 236-page indictment "had corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to enrich themselves".

"We pledge to work with our partners around the world to hold co-conspirators accountable."

Fifa corruption scandal

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Here she is. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has taken to the stand, starting out by telling us that the US Department of Justice has a 92-count indictment against 16 officials for "sustained abuse of their positions for financial gain".

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While we wait for US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, here is more detail about the roles of the 16 men who have been indicted...

Alfredo Hawit (Concacaf president), Ariel Alvarado (ex-Panamanian football official), Rafael Callejas (former president of Honduras football), Brayan Jimenez (Guatemala FA chief), Rafael Salguero (Guatemalan Fifa executive committee member), Hector Trujillo (general secretary of Guatemala FA), Reynaldo Vasquez (former El Salvador FA president), Juan Angel Napout (Conmebol president), Manuel Burga (former Peru FA president), Carlos Chavez (Bolivia football president), Luis Chiriboga (Ecuador football president), Marco Polo del Nero (Brazil football president), Eduardo Deluca (Conmebol general secretary), Jose Luis Meiszner (former Conmebol secretary general), Romer Osuna (Bolivia football audit and compliance committee chief), Ricardo Teixeira (former Brazil FA chief).

Fifa corruption scandal

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"This is a two-minute warning," a US Department of Justice official tells the assembled media. 

That's two minutes before US Attorney General Loretta Lynch addresses them over the latest indictments in the Fifa corruption scandal.

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Loretta Lynch
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The stage is set. Now we are awaiting the arrival of US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is due at any moment to speak about the indictments and arrests as part of the Fifa corruption scandal.

You can watch her news conference by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

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Latest: 5 current and past FIFA executive committee members among 16 men indicted in US football corruption probe.

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The New York Times provides more details about one of the 16 men named in a US Department of Justice indictment...

#FIFA indictment: Note that former govt official among those charged -- Rafael Callejas, former president of Honduras.

Fifa defendants named

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The New York Times is reporting the 16 defendants named in the 236-page indictment from the US Department of Justice.

The full list of defendants:

Alfredo Hawit, Ariel Alvarado, Rafael Callejas, Brayan Jiménez, Rafael Salguero, Héctor Trujillo, Reynaldo Vasquez, Juan Ángel Napout, Manuel Burga, Carlos Chávez, Luís Chiriboga, Marco Polo del Nero, Eduardo Deluca, José Luis Meiszner, Romer Osuna and Ricardo Teixeira.

Concacaf president Hawit and Conmebol president Napout were arrested in a dawn raid on a Swiss hotel on Thursday.

Robertson into UK Championship quarter-finals

Snooker

Crash! Bang! Wallop! The Thunder from Down Under has rumbled into the last eight of the UK Championship.

Neil Robertson, the world number three, crashed out three centuries as he routed Stephen Maguire 6-1 to secure his place in the quarter-finals.

The 2013 winner added two fifty-plus breaks as he won six frames in a row to crush the world number 15 in York.

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DoJ-Fifa news conference

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Still no release of the US Department of Justice's indictment yet.

In the meantime, if you're looking for some background reading on the Fifa corruption crisis, your key questions are answered here.

Fifa reforms

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"Fifa's executive committee have concluded a two-day meeting looking at reforms. They are determined they have the right recipe to reform the governing body.

"They want to be a trusted body by 2018, that's their ambition. They now have to convince the member associations in February they have the right reforms in place to be just that."

Fifa reforms

What did Fifa propose to change?

Talking of Fifa, the governing body earlier outlined their package of reforms:

  • The executive committee will be replaced by a new council which will clearly separate political and management tasks.
  • Senior officials will now only be allowed to serve a maximum of 12 years.
  • There will be stringent integrity checks in place for individuals on standing committees
  • A minimum of six women - up from one at present - will be able to be elected to the Fifa council
  • The salaries of the Fifa president and senior officials will be made public.

Moya Dodd
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Moya Dodd said more women on committees at Fifa will lead to better decisions

DoJ-Fifa news conference

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Just when you thought you were out...they pull you back in.

More Fifa to come this evening folks as at 18:30 GMT we will be hearing from the US Department of Justice on the latest developments in their corruption investigation into Fifa's officials.

The indictment is released then with a news conference from Washington DC to follow at about 19:00 GMT.

Stay tuned...

Lewis named president of Commonwealth Games England

Athletics

Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis has been appointed president of Commonwealth Games England.

Lewis, 43, succeeds Dame Kelly Holmes, who spent six years in the role.

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The 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion will give "leadership and guidance" before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on Australia's Gold Coast.

"I am thrilled I have the chance to work with, and support, England's athletes and help them towards becoming a Commonwealth medallist," said Lewis.

Stenson overcomes illness to share lead

Golf

Henrik Stenson overcame illness to take a share of the lead on six under after round one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.

The Swede, who has "been in bed with flu for three days" said he had "only a five per cent chance of playing" after pulling out of Tuesday's pro-am.

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Stenson leads with South African Jaco van Zyl after both had bogey-free 66s.

Defending champion Danny Willett of England is third after having five birdies and no bogeys in his 67.

Blackburn transfer ban lifted

Football

Blackburn Rovers can buy players again after their transfer embargo for breaking Financial Fair Play rules was lifted by the Football League.

Blackburn Rovers
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The Lancashire side, along with Leeds and Nottingham Forest, were placed under the embargo in December 2014.

It means Rovers will be able to sign players for a fee when the January transfer window opens.

"It's a building block and one little stage in trying to rebuild this club," said boss Paul Lambert.

Launchbury must captain Wasps before England - Dallaglio

Rugby Union

As new England head coach Eddie Jones mulls over his captaincy options, World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio says Joe Launchbury must first captain club side Wasps before he leads the national team.

Lock Launchbury was recently singled out by club boss Dai Young as an ideal candidate to replace Chris Robshaw.

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“We don't want to put too much pressure on the lad,” Dallaglio told the Daily Telegraph.

“At the moment he is coming along fantastically well. But he's definitely going to be one of a number of options available to Eddie Jones. For sure.”

“He may well be knocking on the door to captain Wasps next season. He may be putting a bit of pressure on current captain James Haskell at some point. He's a guy who is developing all the time." 

Rosenior and LuaLua out for a month

Football

Brighton & Hove AlbionpairLiam RoseniorandKazenga LuaLuawill both be out for the rest of the month.

Full-back Rosenior, 31, has a medial knee injury, while striker LuaLua, 24, has had minor groin surgery.

Kazenga LuaLua
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The surgery has set back LuaLua's expected comeback by a month, who has not played since 19 September.

The Seagulls remain unbeaten this season and sit top the Championship table ahead of this weekend's clash with Charlton.  

Appeal court rule Pistorius guilty of murder

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

In a packed courtroom with Reeva Steenkamp's family listening to every word, the judge said that when Oscar Pistorius decided to fire four shots through a closed toilet door, he had gambled with a person's life - whoever that was.

Under South African law you cannot just shoot - you first need to determine that the threat to your life is real and that there is no other way to eliminate that threat but to shoot.

Many South Africans have applauded the court's decision on social media, saying justice has now been served for Ms Steenkamp.

This ruling is expected to go some way to show that no-one is above the law, not even South Africa's once beloved "blade runner".

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June
AFP
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June (centre) was in court for the ruling

Appeal court rule Pistorius guilty of murder

Questions answered

Will he return to jail?

Yes. He will be back behind bars, less than two months after he was placed under house arrest.

When will he be sentenced?

We don't have a date yet, but it will be next year. The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years, but the judge does have the discretion to lower it.

Can he appeal?

Yes, but only if his lawyers are convinced that the appeal judges violated his constitutional rights. So it's a high threshold, and hard to meet.

So is this the end of Pistorius' professional athletics career?

Almost certainly. He's 29, and will be past his prime by the time he is freed. It is also unlikely that advertisers would want to sponsor him, as the Pistorius brand is now tainted.

'A step in the right direction'

Swansea v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea suffered a sixth defeat in 10 Premier League matches when they lost 1-0 to Liverpool last time out but Monk says it was a "much-improved performance".  

Neil Taylor and Jordon Ibe
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"At the start of last week after the Bournemouth game, I sat down with all the players and had good discussions with them on how we go forward and what we need to do to improve," he said.

"We talked about many things. We talked about the situation: 'Let's be open and honest about it'.

"It was definitely the right step to make. It's not an easy process, but it's definitely a step in the right direction."

Monk added Swansea will be without left-back Franck Tabanou for a "few weeks" because of a thigh injury sustained during training.