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Confederations Cup shows Russia ready to host World Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Germany’s Confederations Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew and FIFA president Gianni Infantino have led the calls for giving Russia the seal of approval to host next year’s World Cup.

Lars Stindl’s first-half goal in Sunday’s final sealed Germany’s 1-0 win over Chile, bringing down the curtain on the 2017 Confed Cup - a warm-up for next year’s World Cup finals.

Infantino hails VAR ‘great success’ at Confed Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the video assistant referee (VAR) system as a “great success” at the Confederations Cup, but admitted it still needs improving.

World football’s governing body is testing the system in Russia and Infantino said the six game-changing decisions the VAR has so far picked up meant “more justice and fair play”.

Infantino hails VAR ‘great success’ at Confed Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the video assistant referee (VAR) system as a “great success” at the Confederations Cup, but admitted it still needs improving.

World football’s governing body is testing the system in Russia and Infantino said the six game-changing decisions the VAR has so far picked up meant “more justice and fair play”.

‘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.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.

“We are facing a diplomatic crisis,” Infantino told Switzerland’s Le Matin Dimanche newspaper.

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.

“We are facing a diplomatic crisis,” Infantino told Switzerland’s Le Matin Dimanche newspaper.

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.

FIFA

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.

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.

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Tuesday Kickoff: Man City pursues Sanchez; Ronaldo, Mourinho tax issues and more

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Two of the world's giants continue to push for big-name signings while tax issues continue for several of the game's biggest stars.

Manchester City is reportedly pushing to sign Alexis Sanchez, who remains the club's top target. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meanwhile, is not currently being pursued by the club.

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.

Russia

Human Rights Watch says workers have exploited at Russia’s 2018 World Cup venues

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FIFA World Cups have a history of controversies and seemingly, the next one in 2018 is also not devoid of the same. There have been concerns regarding the St. Petersberg stadium, the most expensive stadium in the world, hooliganism and violence in stadiums and now, with the FIFA Confederation Cup just days away, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has now claimed that it has documented cases of the 2018 World Cup workers being left unpaid, made to work in dangerously cold conditions and suffering reprisals for raising concerns.

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.

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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.