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FIFA estimates Covid-19 will cost global football $11 billion

FIFA estimates Covid-19 will cost global football $11 billion

FIFA on Wednesday put the cost of Covid-19 on football around the world at $11 billion in lost revenue. The pandemic has already led to over 150 football associations to seek financial help from the $1.5 billion emergency relief fund set up by football’s governing body. Olli Rehn, chairman of FIFA’s coronavirus steering committee, laid […]
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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 […]

FIFA reject plans for La Liga and Premier League to stage games abroad

FIFA reject plans for La Liga and Premier League to stage games abroad

​La Liga and the Premier League have both been dealt a setback in their plans to stage games overseas, after the FIFA voiced their opposition to the idea. Hosting Spanish top flight matches abroad has been the subject of much discussion since the idea was proposed by Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu last year. The ​Premier […]

Platini considers return to football after ban

Platini considers return to football after ban

Michel Platini revealed on Friday he is considering a return to football as the former UEFA president bids to restore his tarnished reputation following his ban from the game. Platini was banned for four years from football and had to quit UEFA after being found to have taken a $2 million (1.8 million euro) payment from […]

PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi charged over involvement in FIFA media rights scandal

PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi charged over involvement in FIFA media rights scandal

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged with bribing former FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke in exchange for broadcasting rights of various tournaments, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has confirmed. Valcke is accused of accepting bribes, criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents concerning the distribution of TV rights for competitions between […]

FIFA probes Myanmar match-fixing allegations

FIFA probes Myanmar match-fixing allegations

FIFA is investigating allegations Myanmar deliberately threw a 2022 World Cup qualifier match last year, the country’s football body said Thursday. Myanmar lost the October match against Kyrgyzstan 7-0, the Southeast Asian side’s third defeat in a row in the qualifiers after losing to Mongolia and Japan. “FIFA has carried out an investigation, but we […]

FIFA’s African governance assignment over for Samoura

FIFA’s African governance assignment over for Samoura

FIFA’s assignment for Fatma Samoura to lay the groundwork for better governance of football on the African continent has come to a close, the game’s world governing body said on Sunday. In a joint deal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Samoura, the FIFA secretary general from Senegal, supervised a research operation into better […]

Siasia’s dilemma

Siasia’s dilemma

On August 14 this year, former Super Eagles coach, Samson Sisia will be 53 years old. Also 53 days from today (Sunday), the Bayelsa-born ex-international who has a life ban by FIFA hanging on his neck will have a date with the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS at the body’s office on Avenue de […]

FIFA says clubs spent record $7.35 bn on transfers in 2019

FIFA says clubs spent record $7.35 bn on transfers in 2019

Football clubs worldwide splashed out a record $7.35 billion (6.63 million euros) on transfers in the men’s game in 2019, FIFA revealed in a report released on Wednesday. The amount represents a 5.8 percent increase on 2018, with English clubs accounting for the largest total outlay at just over $1.5 billion — a drop of […]