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Friday Kickoff: Neymar's future, Infantino investigation and more

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Neymar's future is in his own hands, headlining Friday's news.

Barcelona has reportedly left Neymar's future up to him as he mulls over a reported offer from Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

The FIFA Ethics Committee was investigating president Gianni Infantino for under-reporting campaign expenses before heorganised the removal of the committee's chairmen and members in May.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, FIFA, Donnarumma and more

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A tax investigation could send shockwaves throughout the soccer landscape.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid this summer following recent tax fraud allegations. Ronaldo has reportedly gone to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to state his desire to leave (REPORT)

The Swiss attorney general's office says there are 25 separate investigations into suspected corruption involving FIFA and World Cup bidding.

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Spain’s federation chief held in fraud probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Police raided the headquarters of Spain’s football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Villar, 67, a senior vice president of FIFA, world football’s governing body, was being held on suspicion of abusing his position to embezzle funds from the federation, among other charges, the source said.

Spain’s federation chief held in fraud probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Police raided the headquarters of Spain’s football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Villar, 67, a senior vice president of FIFA, world football’s governing body, was being held on suspicion of abusing his position to embezzle funds from the federation, among other charges, the source said.

FIFA lifts ban on Sudan

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Johannesburg (AFP) – World football body FIFA said Thursday it had lifted a ban imposed on Sudan last week for government interference in the sport.

The move follows the reinstatement of Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim as president of the Sudan Football Association.

He had been forcibly removed from the association offices by police with unelected official Abdel Rahman Elkatim taking over.

FIFA lifts ban on Sudan

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Johannesburg (AFP) – World football body FIFA said Thursday it had lifted a ban imposed on Sudan last week for government interference in the sport.

The move follows the reinstatement of Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim as president of the Sudan Football Association.

He had been forcibly removed from the association offices by police with unelected official Abdel Rahman Elkatim taking over.

Atletico secure Vitolo deal despite FIFA ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid said Wednesday they had signed Spanish international Victor Machin Perez, know as ‘Vitolo’, from Sevilla but immediately loaned him to Las Palmas to comply with a FIFA recruitment ban.

“Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla,” Atletico said on their website.

Atletico secure Vitolo deal despite FIFA ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid said Wednesday they had signed Spanish international Victor Machin Perez, know as ‘Vitolo’, from Sevilla but immediately loaned him to Las Palmas to comply with a FIFA recruitment ban.

“Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla,” Atletico said on their website.

Football’s Gold Cup blow for Mexico as coach banned for six games

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Lausanne (AFP) – Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been banned for six matches for insulting officials during the recent Confederations Cup which means the nation’s Gold Cup title defense will be disrupted.

“Mr. Osorio used insulting words towards the match officials while displaying an aggressive attitude towards them,” FIFA said of heated words used after Mexico’s third-place play-off against Portugal on July 2.

FIFA suspends Sudan for ‘government interference’

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA said Friday it had suspended Sudan with immediate effect due to government interference in the Sudan Football Association (SFA).

The decision bans the Sudanese national team from playing international matches and bars the country’s clubs from all continental competitions.

FIFA suspends Sudan for ‘government interference’

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA said Friday it had suspended Sudan with immediate effect due to government interference in the Sudan Football Association (SFA).

The decision bans the Sudanese national team from playing international matches and bars the country’s clubs from all continental competitions.

FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA on Tuesday released a long-witheld report on the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote.

World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the report into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

Banned Jerome Valcke gets October CAS appeal date

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 11.

Sepp Blatter’s former righthand man was suspended in September 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam and was sentenced by FIFA’s ethics committee in February 2016 to a 12-year ban from football.

Banned Jerome Valcke gets October CAS appeal date

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 11.

Sepp Blatter’s former righthand man was suspended in September 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam and was sentenced by FIFA’s ethics committee in February 2016 to a 12-year ban from football.

‘No investigation’ opened into Infantino: FIFA

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Lausanne (AFP) – Football’s world governing body FIFA assured Tuesday that “no investigation” had been opened into president Gianni Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.

Maria Claudia Rojas, the new president of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, “has confirmed that all files have been handed over to her and that there are no open preliminary or investigation proceedings involving the FIFA President”, the organisation said in a statement.

‘No investigation’ opened into Infantino: FIFA

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Lausanne (AFP) – Football’s world governing body FIFA assured Tuesday that “no investigation” had been opened into president Gianni Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.

Maria Claudia Rojas, the new president of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, “has confirmed that all files have been handed over to her and that there are no open preliminary or investigation proceedings involving the FIFA President”, the organisation said in a statement.

Ousted FIFA ethics heads were investigating Infantino: sources

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics team had been investigating the role played by the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections before being removed from office, sources said on Monday.

Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, had opened an invstigation into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in March.

Ousted FIFA ethics heads were investigating Infantino: sources

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics team had been investigating the role played by the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections before being removed from office, sources said on Monday.

Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, had opened an invstigation into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in March.

Argentine banker pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 56-year-old Argentine banker pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to transferring more than $25 million in bribes in the massive FIFA corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

“I deeply regret what I did. I am ashamed and I wish I could express in words what I feel,” Jorge Arzuaga told Federal Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, speaking in slow but perfect English.

Argentine banker pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 56-year-old Argentine banker pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to transferring more than $25 million in bribes in the massive FIFA corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

“I deeply regret what I did. I am ashamed and I wish I could express in words what I feel,” Jorge Arzuaga told Federal Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, speaking in slow but perfect English.

Football: Argentine banker pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 56-year-old Argentine banker pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to transferring more than $25 million in bribes in the massive FIFA corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

“I deeply regret what I did. I am ashamed and I wish I could express in words what I feel,” Jorge Arzuaga told Federal Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, speaking in slow but perfect English.

Football: Argentine banker pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 56-year-old Argentine banker pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to transferring more than $25 million in bribes in the massive FIFA corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

“I deeply regret what I did. I am ashamed and I wish I could express in words what I feel,” Jorge Arzuaga told Federal Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, speaking in slow but perfect English.

News Update

Another emerging soccer scandal

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the standard disclaimer about the presumption of innocence. Royal Spanish Football Federation and FIFA VP Angel Maria Villar is currently in custody, arrested by Spanish authorities on corruption charges. Spanish authorities also raided the Federation's offices. AP's Aritz Parra and Joseph Wilson have the details.

Questioning instant replay

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the growing complaints about how instant replay is working at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The quick take is that it isn't, at least not enough to convince that it's worth the effort.

Instant replay, which of course FIFA would prefer the soccer world refers to as "video assistant referee", has been a long time coming.

Getting excited about the Confederations Cup

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Confederations Cup. It's easy to dismiss an international tournament that doesn't involve the USMNT. Easier still if you want to jump on board with those who think it's a bit much for FIFA to run a mini-World Cup the year before the main event. Both are fair points, to some extent.

Germany in the Confederations Cup

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the Confederations Cup. FIFA's World Cup warmup starts on Saturday in Russia, and it's not a safe assumption that even the participating countries really care. Germany, for instance.

The defending World Cup champions are having issues filling stadiums for friendlies at home, partly because their results seem like a foregone conclusion.

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Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

Ex-FIFA VP Jack Warner blasts Garcia Report, questions USSF innocence

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If the soccer world thought it was done with ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, it was sadly mistaken.

The controversial figure in the FIFA corruption scandal spoke out against FIFA's Garcia Report on Thursday, questioning the validity of the document, particularly as it pertains to the decision to absolve the U.

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FIFA and the Garcia Report

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the leaked Garcia Report, FIFA's internal investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. It's German outlet Bild releasing that information through the work of reporter Peter Rossberg. The Press Association has the early details. The Telegraph's Ben Rumsby also looks at what making the report public might mean.

2018 host Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad to be investigated by FIFA for doping

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Russia finds itself trapped in a doping scandal in the middle of playing hosts to the Confederation Cup.

The 23-man-squad from the 2014 World Cup is currently being investigated by FIFA over possible drug offences. They are among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by football’s world governing body.

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Modern Football Is Rubbish: Heracles Almelo Become First Club In World To Create ‘Youth Academy’ For Their E-Sports Team

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Heracles Almelo have become the first football club in the world to open a 'youth academy' for their own in-house eSports team.

Yes, you read that correctly and that is why you're now involuntarily weeping.

Not only do Heracles have an eSports team, but they now have an eSports academy with which they plan to gather, nurture and cultivate young eSports proteges of the future.

CONCACAF has a French Guiana problem

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If anything could make what turned out to be a scoreless draw that much worse, it's that French Guiana might have made it irrelevant as soon as the whistle blew to start the game. That's CONCACAF's conundrum following French Guiana's use of an ineligible player. Ineligible according to CONCACAF's rules and common sense, but technically not FIFA's.

Some Soccer News for Jul 7, 2017

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It's Day 188 of 2017.


Heavens to Murgatroyd.

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OFFICIAL:
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier
-Fri Sep 1
USMNT v Costa Rica
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ
5:30pm CT on ESPN

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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will not be on the bench for the Gold Cup - he has been given a 6 game suspension by FIFA for aggressively cursing at the assistant referee during the 3rd place Confederations Cup game.

USMNT drops 12 spots in latest FIFA rankings

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FIFA international rankings can be a fickle thing. You can be winning plenty of recent matches and fall down, or be on a losing streak and shoot up.

The U.S. Men's National Team learned that the hard way on Thursday morning, as they dropped a big 12 spots from last month's rankings all the way down to 35th.

Confederations Cup Preview: Can Mexico, Chile prevent all-European final?

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The 2017 Confederations Cup semifinals pit four teams with rich histories against each other. Germany is the defending world champion, Portugal won Euro 2016 last summer, Chile is coming off back-to-back Copa America wins and Mexico is flying high in CONCACAF.

USA cleared of World Cup wrongdoing, NBC’s EPL subscription service, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 28, 2017

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World Cup bid was clean, but to watch the EPL, prepare to shell out some green.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy United Day once again! D.C. United takes on the New England Revolution tonight in the U.S. Open Cup. Let's see if we can break through with some goals and get to the quarterfinals.

FIFA publishes Garcia Report on 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding inquiries

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With German publication BILD attaining a copy of the "Garcia Report," it seems FIFA has given in to outside pressure.

The world soccer governing body has published the Garcia Report and made it available via download. The report was written to investigate the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, make note of any issues, and make recommendations on reformations necessary to the bidding process.

Former Swiss banker pleads guilty in FIFA corruption case

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Former Swiss Banker Jorge Luis Arzuaga has admitted of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Fifa’s former senior executive Julio Grondona, chairman of football’s world governing body’s finance committee and president of the Argentinian football association, the Guardian report.

Following US investigation into Fifa-related corruption, Jorge Luis Arzuaga pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy charge on Thursday.