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Thailand’s Worawi vows to challenge FIFA ban

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Bangkok (AFP) – Former Thai football chief Worawi Makudi has vowed to push FIFA to lift its ban on him after an appeals court in Bangkok overturned his conviction for forgery.

Worawi, who had a long and tumultuous tenure in charge of Thai football, was banned for five years by FIFA last year following his July 2015 conviction.

Thailand’s Worawi vows to challenge FIFA ban

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Bangkok (AFP) – Former Thai football chief Worawi Makudi has vowed to push FIFA to lift its ban on him after an appeals court in Bangkok overturned his conviction for forgery.

Worawi, who had a long and tumultuous tenure in charge of Thai football, was banned for five years by FIFA last year following his July 2015 conviction.

Israel lobbies FIFA as settlement showdown looms

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against Palestinian calls for FIFA to impose sanctions over football clubs based in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, an official said on Thursday.

The world football governing body meets for its congress in Bahrain from May 10 to 11 and could decide what action to take over the six clubs based in settlements that play in the Israeli league.

FIFA image damaging search for World Cup sponsors – Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA’s tarnished image is badly hindering the search for sponsors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

His comments came after the Financial Times reported that the corruption-tainted world football body was struggling to find new sponsors for the upcoming World Cup, with Russian companies being “the slowest to come on board”.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Qatari official hits out at FIFA ban

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Doha (AFP) – A senior Qatari official who recently overturned a one-year FIFA ban said on Tuesday the case against him was “political” and may stand again for the all-powerful FIFA Council.

Saoud Al-Mohannadi, the Qatar Football Association’s vice-president, was making his first public comments since winning his appeal against the ban, handed down by a FIFA ethics committee last year.

Qatari official hits out at FIFA ban

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Doha (AFP) – A senior Qatari official who recently overturned a one-year FIFA ban said on Tuesday the case against him was “political” and may stand again for the all-powerful FIFA Council.

Saoud Al-Mohannadi, the Qatar Football Association’s vice-president, was making his first public comments since winning his appeal against the ban, handed down by a FIFA ethics committee last year.

CAS confirms FIFA’s third-party ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Sport’s international tribunal on Monday backed FIFA’s ban on third-party player ownership but softened a suspension against Belgians Seraing, who have been at the heart of a legal battle over the issue.

FIFA banned third party ownership - where an individual investor or company owns a player’s economic rights - in 2015, calling the practice a threat to the game.

Greek federation snooped on players: FIFA-appointed body

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Athens (AFP) – Greece’s crisis-hit football federation spied on the national side’s players and staff over several years using hidden cameras and listening devices, said a committee appointed by FIFA.

Late last year world governing body FIFA appointed the normalisation committee to run the Greek federation (EPO) and to revise regulations to bring them into line with FIFA standards.

Greek federation snooped on players: FIFA-appointed body

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Athens (AFP) – Greece’s crisis-hit football federation spied on the national side’s players and staff over several years using hidden cameras and listening devices, said a committee appointed by FIFA.

Late last year world governing body FIFA appointed the normalisation committee to run the Greek federation (EPO) and to revise regulations to bring them into line with FIFA standards.

FIFA announces $369 million loss with worse to come

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Friday announced a $369 million loss for 2016, a second straight annual deficit, as it recovers from scandals that have rocked world football and acknowledged it had to use hundreds of millions of dollars of its reserves.

The game’s world governing body blamed the cost of investigating the scandals, bad investments and accounting changes.

FIFA announces record $369 million loss amid scandal fallout

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Zurich (AFP) – World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday announced a record $369 million loss for 2016 as it paid for the fallout from multiple scandals and bad investments.

FIFA blamed accounting changes as well as the cost of investigating the scandals for the loss but also warned that it expected a higher loss of $489 million for 2017 and admitted that it has had to spend hundreds of millions of dollars from its reserves in the past year.

FIFA announces record $369 million loss amid scandal fallout

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Zurich (AFP) – World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday announced a record $369 million loss for 2016 as it paid for the fallout from multiple scandals and bad investments.

FIFA blamed accounting changes as well as the cost of investigating the scandals for the loss but also warned that it expected a higher loss of $489 million for 2017 and admitted that it has had to spend hundreds of millions of dollars from its reserves in the past year.

Qatari official wins FIFA ethics appeal

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Zurich (AFP) – Qatari football official Saoud Al-Mohannadi on Thursday won his appeal over a one-year ban handed to him by an independent ethics committee for refusing to help in an investigation, FIFA announced.

Al-Mohannadi was punished for refusing to cooperate with a corruption inquiry and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900) although his ban was less than the 30-month ban originally requested.

Qatari official wins FIFA ethics appeal

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Zurich (AFP) – Qatari football official Saoud Al-Mohannadi on Thursday won his appeal over a one-year ban handed to him by an independent ethics committee for refusing to help in an investigation, FIFA announced.

Al-Mohannadi was punished for refusing to cooperate with a corruption inquiry and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900) although his ban was less than the 30-month ban originally requested.

China’s Hisense to sponsor 2018 football World Cup

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Zurich (AFP) – Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era.

Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate Wanda in becoming a sponsor of football’s world governing body.

China’s Hisense to sponsor 2018 football World Cup

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Zurich (AFP) – Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era.

Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate Wanda in becoming a sponsor of football’s world governing body.

Tycoon Chung to appeal FIFA ban, slams ‘hitmen’

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon said Thursday he would appeal to the international sports tribunal over his five-year ban by FIFA, accusing its ethics committee of acting like “hitmen” for former leader Sepp Blatter.

Chung, a former FIFA vice-president and presidential candidate, and a scion of the Hyundai family, was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for contravening lobbying rules during South Korea’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Tycoon Chung to appeal FIFA ban, slams ‘hitmen’

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon said Thursday he would appeal to the international sports tribunal over his five-year ban by FIFA, accusing its ethics committee of acting like “hitmen” for former leader Sepp Blatter.

Chung, a former FIFA vice-president and presidential candidate, and a scion of the Hyundai family, was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for contravening lobbying rules during South Korea’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA proposals on Israel settlements fall short: Palestinians

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Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Monday renewed calls for FIFA to exclude Israel over games played in settlements on occupied land, expressing disappointment at the world’s body’s recommendations.

Palestinians argue the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing inside settlements in the occupied West Bank that are seen as illegal under international law is in breach of FIFA statutes.

Blatter said I’d be his ‘last scalp’ at FIFA – Platini

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Paris (AFP) – Michel Platini laid bare his anger at his spectacular downfall on Thursday, breaking his silence to accuse FIFA bosses of wanting to destroy him and claiming Sepp Blatter “always said I’d be his last scalp”.

Former UEFA boss Platini and erstwhile ally Blatter - once the most powerful man in football as FIFA president - were both banned from football in December 2015 over a payment of two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.

FIFA’s Blatter said I’d be his ‘last scalp’ – Platini

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Paris (AFP) – Michel Platini laid bare his anger at his spectacular downfall on Thursday, breaking his silence to accuse FIFA bosses of wanting to destroy him and claiming Sepp Blatter “always said I’d be his last scalp”.

Former UEFA boss Platini and erstwhile ally Blatter - once the most powerful man in football as FIFA president - were both banned from football in December 2015 over a payment of two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.

Messi ban ‘totally disproportionate’ – Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s four-match international ban for swearing at an assistant referee was “unfair and totally disproportionate”, his Spanish club Barcelona said Wednesday.

“FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina and Chile,” Barca said in a statement.

FIFA probes Ivory Coast, Senegal crowd trouble

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into incidents which led to the abandonment of a friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris following a series of pitch invasions.

The sides were level at 1-1 late Monday when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

FIFA probes Ivory Coast, Senegal crowd trouble

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into incidents which led to the abandonment of a friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris following a series of pitch invasions.

The sides were level at 1-1 late Monday when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

Lionel Messi banned for four Argentina games

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Zurich (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee.

Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.

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FIFA struggles to attract sponsors for Russia’s 2018 World Cup

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The next FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia next year, and there has been much anticipation around it. The Volunteer Programme has been a massive success, and 150,000 applications have been received, setting history.

Worryingly enough, however, two-thirds of the sponsorship slots remain unsold.

CONCACAF offers FIFA a financial win

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.

Report: Joint 2026 World Cup bid could be fasttracked

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On the heels of the announcement of the joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, news came out that the trio of North American countries may be seeking an early stamp of approval from the FIFA Congress.

According to ESPN, CONCACAF is preparing a proposal that would expedite the process, giving the North American hosts a noncompetitive window to prove everything is in place already in all three countries for the prestigious sporting event to take place across the continent.

Canada, Mexico, United States will joint bid for the 2026 World Cup

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The soccer governing bodies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they will submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The three federations made the announcement at a media even in New York City. FIFA has yet to specify the requirements for bidding on the 2026 World Cup or a preference for single or joint bids.

CONCACAF president expects joint USA, Canada, Mexico bid to host 2026 World Cup

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The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup is set to begin in the coming months and CONCACAF's three biggest countries are set to come together in an effort to host the world's premier tournament.

According to the Guardian, CONCACAF presidentVictor Montagliani says that the U.S., Mexico and Canada are set to join together to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, the first to feature an expanded 48-team field.

Is FIFA’s expanded World Cup ruining the future for international soccer?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - The picture for the expanded 48-team World Cup is starting to come into focus. FIFA released their proposal for dividing the places for the tournament on Thursday. The increase in the number of participants means some confederations stand to see a significant bump in representation in 11 years time.

FIFA proposes slot allocation for 2026 World Cup

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The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament to feature an expanded 48 team field, and now FIFA has revealedhow many slots each confederation will receive under the new format.

The Bureau of the Council proposed a new slot allocation for the World Cup for 48 teams, beginning with the 2026 edition, as well as a revamped playoff system for the final two open slots.

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Some Soccer News for Apr 10, 2017

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It's Day 100 of 2017.


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Joint CONCACAF World Cup bid set to be announced on Monday

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CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani's recent comments regardinga three-nation bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup appears set to become reality.

On Monday afternoon, Montaglianiis set to be joined by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati andMexican Football Federation President Decio de Maria in New York City for what is being billed as a "historic announcement".

Friday Kickoff: Griezmann, Mane, FIFA and more

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A number of the world's biggest teams continue their pursuit of one of the world's best forwards, headlining Friday's news.

Antoine Griezmann's adviser says the Atletico Madrid forward is a target of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane is officially ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

USMNT jumps up seven spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent World Cup qualifying success produced a boost to the team's FIFA ranking.

FIFA's monthly rankings were unveiled on Thursday as the U.S. saw a seven-spot leap. Now ranked 23rd, the U.S. sits three spots behind 20th-ranked Costa Rica and seven spots behind 16th-ranked Mexico, which sits as CONCACAF's top ranked nation.

Next Most Logical Rules Change for MLS-part II

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How does MLS institute rules changes, if it must first get clearance from FIFA? ...Water breaks during extreme weather and regular weather was the hot topic of Next Most Logical Rules Change for MLS (part I). If the reason for the new rule protects the health of the players and is good for the game, as is the case for water breaks, then just make the change and worry about the consequences later.

FIFA submits its corruption report

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At least $30m dollars, 1300 pages, and almost two years later, FIFA submitted its internal corruption report. Shocked looks all around, the contents are confidential in FIFA's opinion due to ongoing legal proceedings. The report is now in the hands of Swiss prosecutors and eventually the US Department of Justice who continue to prosecute former members of world soccer's governing body.