Category: FIFA

FIFA empathy not enough to topple CAS in Guerrero doping case

Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Tuesday delivered a hammer blow to Peru captain Paolo Guerrero’s hopes of overturning a doping ban to play at the World Cup by underlining the supremacy of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Guerrero’s attempt to clear his name following a ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine backfired in spectacular fashion: it led the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to increase an initial six-month suspension to 14 months last week. Now ruled out of the World Cup and suspended by his Brazilian club Flamengo, Guerrero is not ... Read more

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. However, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez handed over a letter at the organisation’s congress in Buenos Aires to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, signed by the heads of the ... Read more

Racism in Russian soccer continues to shame

The specter of a racism investigation by FIFA is becoming all too familiar After this last international break we witnessed another incident. French players were allegedly greeted with monkey chants during their friendly 3-1 win against 2018 World Cup host Russia. The friendly was being played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. This should not be happening, but, then again, this is not news There is a part of the Russian culture that has bred racism, especially in soccer. In the news report about one incident you will find a tidbit about another. Such as the recent disciplinary proceedings by ... Read more

FIFA’s proposed women’s league will benefit soccer worldwide

Last week, FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed a plan to launch a women’s global league comprised of national teams. Although no decision is expected to be made until at least June, the plan demonstrates Infantino’s commitment to promoting the growth of women’s football. If accepted, the competition would feature the world’s top 16 women’s national teams, which would divide into four groups with winners advancing to the semifinal and final during the November 2019 window. Additionally, Infantino intends to create four smaller regional leagues to compete in a promotion and relegation system during the Spring window. Currently, FIFA is basing ... Read more

Blatter regret at overstaying FIFA tenure

Geneva (AFP) – Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier. The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as FIFA chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment to ex-UEFA president Michel Platini. “I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was “a relief”. Blatter, who was re-elected for a ... Read more

The more FIFA changes, the more it stays the same

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. There was, at that time, legitimate hope that FIFA might be rid of the corruption that was its defining characteristic during Blatter’s seventeen-year reign. That hope feels very far away right now. On Tuesday, FIFA – under the leadership of new, US-backed president Gianni ... Read more

Qatari official wins FIFA ethics appeal

Zurich (AFP) – Qatari football official Saoud Al-Mohannadi on Thursday won his appeal over a one-year ban handed to him by an independent ethics committee for refusing to help in an investigation, FIFA announced. Al-Mohannadi was punished for refusing to cooperate with a corruption inquiry and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900) although his ban was less than the 30-month ban originally requested. Following a hearing in Zurich last week, FIFA’s appeals committee upheld his appeal and lifted the sanctions imposed on him as a result. When the sanction was handed down last year, Al-Mohannadi had been accused of infringing “his ... Read more

Tycoon Chung to appeal FIFA ban, slams ‘hitmen’

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. “I’m taking this action not to redeem my good name… I am doing this because I am among the few people who could raise (his) voice” against ... Read more