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FIFA favours billionaire candidate, Patrice Motsepe for CAF presidency

FIFA favours billionaire candidate, Patrice Motsepe for CAF presidency

FIFA have asked three candidates to back South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe in the upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidential election, a source close to one of the candidates told AFP. The previous incumbent Ahmad Ahmad was banned for breaches of FIFA’s ethical code, but has had the ban suspended by the Court of Arbitration […]
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Qatar denies bribery allegations on 2022 World Cup

Qatar denies bribery allegations on 2022 World Cup

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have strongly denied allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that bribes were paid to secure votes for the hosting rights to the tournament. Suspicion and rumours have long surrounded both the 2010 vote by FIFA’s executive to hand the 2018 World Cup to Russia and […]

FIFA bribe allegations raise more questions over 2022 World Cup

FIFA bribe allegations raise more questions over 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has become the focus of fresh FIFA corruption allegations after the release of a new United States Department of Justice (DOJ) indictment. The fresh indictment says bribes were paid to football officials to secure their votes for the 2022 hosting rights. Suspicion and rumours have long surrounded both the […]

Expect different football after coronavirus saga, says FIFA’s Infantino

Expect different football after coronavirus saga, says FIFA’s Infantino

Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, FIFA president, Gianni Infantino said yesterday. “Football will come back, and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview. ALSO READ: OPEC+ debates biggest ever cut as virus destroys oil […]

Chile, the Soviet Union and a stain on FIFA’s reputation

Chile, the Soviet Union and a stain on FIFA’s reputation

  On first viewing, the footage is quite benign. Almost cheerful. In a video shot in that rich 1970s colour, Chilean players are shown waving to the crowd as their national anthem plays. As the game kicks off, though, and the camera starts to retreat, clumps of supporters are shown among rows of empty seats. […]

Coronavirus: FIFA to donate $10m to WHO

Coronavirus: FIFA to donate $10m to WHO

FIFA will make a $10million donation to the World Health Organisation to support efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The president of football’s global governing body, Gianni Infantino, announced the move in a statement on Tuesday, in which he also confirmed the organisation would accept requests from Uefa and CONMEBOL to postpone the Euro 2020 […]

FIFA recommends March, April internationals be postponed

FIFA recommends March, April internationals be postponed

FIFA has recommended that all international matches scheduled to be played in March and April be postponed because of the coronavirus. READ ALSO: Semenya switches to 200m in bid to compete at Tokyo Olympics The global football body also said, in a statement on Friday, that clubs would not be obliged to release players for any […]

FIFA postpones South American World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus

FIFA postpones South American World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus

World football governing body FIFA has postponed South American qualifying matches for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. This was after a request from the region’s football federation amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. FIFA said in a letter to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which the federation tweeted, that it would seek to […]

COVID-19: FIFA reschedules congress slated for Addis Ababa

COVID-19: FIFA reschedules congress slated for Addis Ababa

Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has rescheduled its 70th Congress that was scheduled for May 2020 at the African Union’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The event has been moved to September 2020 in Addis Ababa. An official FIFA statement issued on Wednesday (March 11) read in part: “On account of the spread […]

Probe found earlier contact between Infantino and prosecutor ―Report

Probe found earlier contact between Infantino and prosecutor ―Report

A lawyer friend of FIFA chief Gianni Infantino met with Swiss public prosecutor Michael Lauber in 2015 to find out if Infantino, who was planning to run for the FIFA presidency, was the target of a corruption investigation, French daily Le Monde reported on Sunday. The newspaper said that the information came from the report […]

FIFA confirms loan restriction from July

FIFA confirms loan restriction from July

FIFA has announced its proposed restrictions on international loan transfers will come into effect in July 2020, pending approval from the FIFA Council. The Football Stakeholders Committee has endorsed the introduction of international loan limits for players aged 22 and over. Clubs will be allowed a maximum of eight in and out from 2020-21, with […]