A diverse selection of news stories from around the world. Rumours, of the day, stories we couldn’t make up, quote of the day, stats of the day, Heroes and Villains…

Images of the weekend: Jan 23 – 25

World Soccer's images from the weekend include Crisatiano Ronaldo striking an opponent that led to a red card, plus both Chalsea and Manchester city losing in the FA Cup and…

FIFA headquarters

Hitting FIFA where it hurts

Three major sponsors say they will not be renewing their deals with football's governing body.

Mali players react as Cameroon's Aurelien Chedjou kicks during their Group D soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Malabo

Images of the week: Jan 19 – 22

World Soccer's images of the week are dominated by pictures from the African Nations Cup and Asian Cup. Others include action from Barcelona and Celtic.