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Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup.

It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer.

Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup.

It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer.

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

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Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs in October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank in October, president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

Gianni Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

Gianni Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs by October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank by October, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs by October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank by October, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

Gianni Infantino slams ‘fake news’ surrounding FIFA

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” surrounding FIFA in an impassioned speech to the annual congress of world football’s governing body in Bahrain on Thursday.

Infantino - elected as president last year on the back of FIFA’s greatest scandal but who has been criticised for his committment to real reform - also claimed corruption could “never again” happen.

Fury after FIFA agrees to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, prompting a response that his removal was “politically motivated”.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert and ethics investigator Cornel Borbely.

Fury after FIFA agrees to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, prompting a response that his removal was “politically motivated”.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert and ethics investigator Cornel Borbely.

FIFA to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, sources at football’s governing body told AFP.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert with Vasilios Skuris of Greece.

Palestinian football chief hits out at Netanyahu over West Bank clubs

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Manama (AFP) – Any attempt by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pressure FIFA over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank was unprecedented, Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub said Monday.

Rajoub, speaking after the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, was responding to media reports that Netanyahu had personally telephoned FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Palestinian football chief hits out at Netanyahu over West Bank clubs

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Manama (AFP) – Any attempt by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pressure FIFA over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank was unprecedented, Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub said Monday.

Rajoub, speaking after the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, was responding to media reports that Netanyahu had personally telephoned FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

FIFA finances ‘extremely solid’ – Infantino

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed on Monday that the finances of football’s governing body were “extremely solid”, despite it posting a $369 million loss earlier this year.

Speaking at the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, Infantino said the losses were in line with FIFA’s “business model” and there was no need for it give “artificial” figures.

Infantino confirms video refereeing at 2018 World Cup

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Santiago (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed Wednesday that video assistant referees will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia for the first time.

“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive results so far,” he said at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Africa elected Ahmad for change – FIFA chief

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was “a vote for change” after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital this month by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20.

Africa elected Ahmad for change – FIFA chief

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was “a vote for change” after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital this month by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

FIFA museum to remain open despite new cuts – official

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s World Football Museum in Zurich, a landmark project of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter, is not under threat of closure despite a new round of redundancies according to its director.

A total of 36 jobs will be cut at the museum by June in the latest round of redundancies at the Zurich museum which only opened in February last year, but Marc Caprez insisted world football’s governing body would find a way of making it “sustainable”.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

Africa wants 10 World Cup places – official

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Africa wants 10 places in a proposed 48-nation World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday.

The Swiss-Italian was attending a two-day meeting of African national football association presidents behind closed doors.

“All associations back an expanded World Cup and Africa hopes for 10 places,” said South African FA president Danny Jordaan, according to a Johannesburg radio station.

FIFA head Infantino to to meet African football bosses

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Johannesburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in South Africa and Zimbabwe this week to meet African football bosses and attend a birthday party.

He has invited all 54 African national football association presidents to Johannesburg for two days of meetings, starting Tuesday.

Russian hooligans warn of ‘festival of violence’ at 2018 World Cup

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London (AFP) – Russian hooligans have warned of a “festival of violence” at next year’s World Cup, in a BBC documentary aired on Thursday in which the fans celebrate street fights at Euro 2016.

Hours after FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was not concerned about violence at the tournament, the BBC’s “Russia’s Hooligan Army” showed fans predicting clashes between supporters.

FIFA boss not worried about hooligans at Russia World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he did not fear hooligan troubles at the World Cup in Russia next year despite reported threats against foreign fans.

“I am not concerned about trouble in 2018, I have full confidence in the Russian authorities,” Infantino told AFP and a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha.

Expanded World Cup ‘more competitive’ says Portugal coach

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Lisbon (AFP) FIFA's expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 will make football's showpiece tournament "more competitive", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Thursday.

"We must avoid being too dramatic," Santos said. "If this expansion meant an increase in the number of games (played during the tournament) things would be more complicated, but as it's not the case, I'm clearly in favour of it.

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The more FIFA changes, the more it stays the same

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Over a span of four months, from October 2015 to January 2016, the FIFA Ethics Committee removed the three most powerful men in football – Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Michel Platini – from office, and banned them from the game.

It was an extremely hopeful stretch in the dark history of the world’s governing body.

Some Soccer News for May 10, 2017

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It's Day 130 of 2017.


More signs that even after a supposed "house cleaning" NOTHING has changed inside FIFA:
  • Two ethics committee leaders who are in the middle of 100s of investigations have been fired by president Gianni Infantino. Essentially stoppin all investigations dead in their tracks.

Thursday Kickoff: CONMEBOL, World Cup, Manchester United and more

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Controversy has once against struck one of the world's major federations.

CONMEBOL executives transferred$128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized accounts according to an audit. (REPORT)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed that video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia.