Congressmen probing suspected corruption and maladministration in Brazilian soccer said on Thursday they had found irregularities in the accounts of the country's football confederation.

Costa Rica will take the place of Canada in the Copa America after Canada pulled out because it did not have time to prepare for the hastily rearranged competition.

Soccer tournament the Copa America finally kicks off in Colombia on Wednesday after weeks of furious argument over when and where it should be played but, as the action starts, ordinary fans may be asking what the fuss was about.

Honduras has stated it will take part in Copa America, replacing Argentina after the South American side pulled out for security reasons of the tournament hosted by Colombia.

Colombia is hoping to stage a new soccer tournament to fill the void left by the postponed Copa America.

Europe's leading soccer leagues have taken on world governing body FIFA about releasing players for the controversial Confederations' Cup in January.

FIFA are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the Confederations Cup from January to August 1999 after world champions France withdrew last month.

US soccer fans will be able to watch live television coverage of two South American World Cup qualifying matches thanks to a pay-per-view deal with In-Demand.

Internet portal has launched an interactive sports TV programme with Argentine TV network Azul TV.

Colombia will host next month's Copa America as planned despite a recent spate of bombings there, according to South American Football Confederation (CSF) officials.