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Archives: FIFA

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Michael Garcia

US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24 hours after the governing body dismissed his complaint regarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption. Garcia’s findings – which he detailed in a 430-page investigation – were … Continue reading

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Watch Announcement of 3 Ballon d’Or Finalists at 11am ET/8am PT [LIVE STREAM]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
The FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy is displayed

The three finalists for the 2014 Ballon d’Or will be announced at 11am ET/8am PT today via a special live stream made available by FIFA, France Football and YouTube. Watch the live presentation via the video below. In addition to … Continue reading

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

Posted on by Thariq Amir
platini-blatter

You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified’ silence. In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full … Continue reading

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FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

Posted on by Abe Asher
fifa-world-cup

FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding … Continue reading

Is It Time to Consider a Boycott of FIFA and World Cups 2018 and 2022?

Posted on by Matt Jones
putin-blatter

FIFA’s latest revelations regarding the bidding processes for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have done little to shift the air of corruption that has emanated from the organization for an uncomfortably long stretch. It was a process that … Continue reading

FIFA Report Clears Qatar To Host World Cup; Report Contains Erroneous Details, Says Investigator

Posted on by Peter Quinn
FIFAQatar

FIFA today announced that after an 18-month investigation by former New York district attorney Michael Garcia, there is not sufficient evidence to justify stripping either Russia or Qatar of the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled … Continue reading

FIFA Hand Italian FA President Six-Month Ban For Alleged Racist Comments

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Tavecchio

FIFA has imposed a six-month ban on Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Association, for an alleged racist comment he made in August. The sanction from the governing body means the 71-year-old is barred from holding any position … Continue reading

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

Posted on by Paul Bestall
QatarWorldCup1

For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the … Continue reading

The Middle East Growing And Beginning To Assert Itself On The World Soccer Stage

Posted on by Paul Bestall
sepp-blatter

It seems that the ramifications of the FIFA vote in December 2010 to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar are still being felt across the football world. Whilst there was no denying it was a left field decision by … Continue reading

Carlo Ancelotti Believes It Is Impossible For Sepp Blatter ‘To Shut His Mouth’

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Ancelotti

Speaking at his press conference ahead of his club’s match against Cornella, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to comments made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter while the head of world football’s governing body was speaking to local press … Continue reading

FIFA Club World Cup To Continue As Planned Despite Ebola Concerns

Posted on by Peter Quinn
FIFA

FIFA has confirmed today that preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco are continuing “as planned” despite concerns over the Ebola epidemic. The governing body has stated that it remains in contact with Moroccan authorities and are taking advice … Continue reading

Ballon d’Or 23-Man Shortlist Revealed; Suarez Omitted And Gareth Bale Sole British Player Nominated

Posted on by Peter Quinn
The FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy sits on show

FIFA has released the 23-man shortlist of contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. In what will come as a surprise to some fans of the sport, the world organization has omitted former Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez from the … Continue reading

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World Cup 2022 Matches Could Start At 1am, Says Official

Posted on by Peter Quinn
QatarWorldCup1

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who is considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, has suggested that some 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar kick-off as late as 1am; meaning matches could end as late as 3:30am local time. The ex-Chilean football … Continue reading

Africa Cup Of Nations Will Go Ahead Despite Ebola Virus Fears, Say Officials

Posted on by Peter Quinn
AFCN

Today, the African Football Confederation (CAF) insisted that there will be no change to the schedule of the Africa Cup of Nations, which is to be held in Morocco from January 17 to February 8 next year. On Friday, it … Continue reading

Why It’s Imperative That Sepp Blatter Is Challenged At FIFA Presidency Election

Posted on by Thariq Amir
sepp-blatter

The 1st of June 2011 saw Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter elected to his fourth term as FIFA President.  He (in)famously was the only candidate listed as his challenger Mohammed bin Hammam had to withdraw from the election due to charges of corruption. … Continue reading

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Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
women's world cup

It wasn’t an empty threat. And it certainly wasn’t a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year’s Women’s … Continue reading

German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

Posted on by Chris Moore
vanishing-spray

A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern … Continue reading

FIFA Votes to Ban Third-Party Player Ownership

Posted on by Chris Moore
FIFA Club World Cup Final

FIFA has recently announced that it will soon ban third-party player ownerships. While the association made the sensible decision to bar the sketchy involvement of third parties, the ban will not be effective immediately. Following a meeting on the issue, … Continue reading