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In this Friday, July 24, 2015, file photo, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke attends a press conference near Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the Preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, that Valcke was dismissed. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Jerome Valcke dismissed as FIFA secretary general

- Associated Press

FIFA has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives in a car at the FIFA headquarters "Home of FIFA" in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

FIFA ethics court bans Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini for eight years

- Associated Press

Blatter, FIFA’s outgoing president, and Platini, considered a top contender to replace him, were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of soccer’s most powerful leaders.

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Western Sydney fined, points suspended over fan misbehavior

Associated Press

Football Federation Australia has fined Western Sydney Wanderers 50,000 Australian dollars ($35,600) and imposed a suspended competition point deduction following the misbehavior of fans who lit flares during last weekend's A-League match at Melbourne Victory.

US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

- Associated Press

The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.