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FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges; Sepp Blatter not among them

Swiss authorities conducted an early-morning operation in Zurich to arrest a number of top FIFA officials and extradited them to the United States on federal corruption charges. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among those rounded up by authorities, but vice-president Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands was arrested. The arrests took […]

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FIFA to impose 2 transfer window bans on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, says report

FIFA will impose two transfer window bans on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for repeated violations of the rules and regulations regarding the transfers of international youth players, according to a report in Cadena SER. The embargo will take effect at the start of the upcoming summer transfer window and continue […]

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FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

FIFA has disclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day. The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.  A […]

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Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday’s surprising appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend’s shocking first half performance in Southampton’s loss at St Mary’s to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho’s calls for replay […]

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Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players.  Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking.  A front page featuring prejudiced quotes and incidents of discriminatory behavior seem […]

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ESPN and Univision confirm FIFA excluded them from World Cup 2026 bidding

ESPN and Univision have officially confirmed what World Soccer Talk revealed earlier today that neither TV network had been notified that the FIFA TV rights for 2023-2026 (including FIFA World Cup 2026) were being handed to FOX Sports and Telemundo instead of going through the typical closed bidding process. Presumably, the […]

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