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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.

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.

Monday Kickoff: Blatter, Neymar, Chapecoense and more

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had his ban upheld, while one of Barcelona's biggest stars is dealing with some injury issues.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Sepp Blatter's appeal of a six-year ban from the game on Monday. (REPORT)

Neymar missed Barcelona training due to muscle fatigue in the groin area.

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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.

FIFA sponsors ‘accelerate’ China’s World Cup chances

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup.

In the space of a year, football governing body FIFA has gained three major Chinese sponsors in conglomerate Wanda, Hisense - the world’s number three television manufacturer - and smartphone maker Vivo, who concluded a deal just a week ago.

FIFA corruption fight ‘setback’ by ethics team purge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to remove its ethics team was a “setback” in the fight against corruption as “hundreds” of cases were being investigated, ousted investigator Cornel Borbely said on Wednesday.

World football’s governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in Bahrain.

FIFA corruption fight ‘setback’ by ethics team purge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to remove its ethics team was a “setback” in the fight against corruption as “hundreds” of cases were being investigated, ousted investigator Cornel Borbely said on Wednesday.

World football’s governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in Bahrain.

FIFA corruption fight ‘setback’ by purge of ethics team

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to remove its ethics team was a “setback in the fight against corruption”, one of those dismissed, investigator Cornel Borbely, told a press conference in Bahrain on Wednesday.

World football’s governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in the Gulf.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Africa’s football emperor Hayatou kicks out controversy

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Yaoundé (AFP) – Issa Hayatou, born a prince and emperor of African football for three decades, has been at the centre of scandal - but never wounded - for much of his life.

The 70-year-old Cameroonian, seeking an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an election on Thursday, defied his royal roots early on when he chose sport as a career.

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”.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Blatter accepts ban for FIFA misconduct after losing appeal

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter accepts ban for FIFA misconduct after losing appeal

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter suffers one last defeat over FIFA misconduct

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter suffers one last defeat over FIFA misconduct

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Lausanne (AFP) Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six year ban signalling the end of his efforts to clear his name.

The 80-year-old former football powerbroker was ousted over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini which the Court of Arbitration for Sport called an "undue gift" that could not be justified.

Blatter loses appeal against football ban after ‘ethics breach’

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Lausanne (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday that Sepp Blatter breached FIFA's ethics codes as it firmly rejected his appeal against a six year ban for making a $2 million payment to ousted UEFA chief Michel Platini.

"Mr Blatter breached the FIFA Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis," said the CAS in a statement which said Blatter's appeal had been "dismissed.

Blatter loses appeal against ban – spokesman

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Lausanne (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday upheld a six year ban against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the disgraced powerbroker's spokesman told AFP.

Blatter, who was ousted over a suspicious payment to ex-UEFA leader Michel Platini, called the verdict "incomprehensible" in a statement released even before the tribunal had officially given its decision.

FIFA moves to close loss-making museum – source

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA plans to close its loss-making $142 million World Football Museum, a landmark project of ousted president Sepp Blatter, which was only opened eight months ago, a FIFA source said Friday.

While football's world body denied any immediate closure, it estimated a loss of more than $30 million for 2016 and said the FIFA Council will hold talks on the museum's future at a January meeting.

FIFA moves to close loss-making museum – source

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA plans to close its loss-making $142 million World Football Museum, a landmark project of ousted president Sepp Blatter, which was only opened eight months ago, a FIFA source said Friday.

While football's world body denied any immediate closure, it estimated a loss of more than $30 million for 2016 and said the FIFA Council will hold talks on the museum's future at a January meeting.

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Monday Kickoff: Donnarumma vs. Milan, Blatter hits out at whistleblowers and more

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Gianluigi Donnarumma continues to be surrounded by controversy following his decision not to re-sign with AC Milan.

AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone said Gianluigi Donnarumma and his agent have cost the club €100 million but added that the team would welcome the goalkeeper back should he change his mind and opt for a new deal.

Friday Kickoff: Hazard, Platini, Neymar and more

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Transfer rumors continue to swirl around Eden Hazard while a former FIFA executive took shots at Sepp Blatter.

Real Madrid target Eden Hazard is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Former UEFA president Michel Platini says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is "the most selfish person I have seen in my life".

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Jones and Trusty get US U-20 call up, MLS Cup final on Saturday, league news, more

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US U-20 call ups for Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty and other Union bits. MLS Cup final on Saturday. Garber quotes. NASL update. Blatter feels disrespected. More.

Union news, Academy Winter Showcase results, league news, more

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Union bits. Big wins -- and losses -- for Union Academy at USSDA Winter Showcase. MLS roster moves. Latest on fate of NASL. Blatter ban upheld. More.

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Union bits, Winter Showcase win for Union Academy, more news

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