Football

Path clears for Blatter's FIFA re-election as Platini rules himself out of Presidential race

By Zjan Shirinian

Michel Platini (left) has been highly critical of Sepp Blatter (right), but has chosen not to run against his for the FIFA Presidency ©Getty ImagesUEFA President Michel Platini has said he will not stand against Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football's governing body FIFA.

UEFA postpone Israel Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium over security concerns

By Zjan Shirinian

UEFA has decided to postpone Israel's first Euro 2016 qualifier home game because of ongoing security concerns ©AFP/Getty ImagesUEFA has postponed Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium because of security concerns in the country.

Libya withdraws as host of 2017 African Nations Cup

By Duncan Mackay 

Libyan fans will be denied the opportunity to cheer on their side at home after the country withdrew as host of the 2017 African Nations Cup ©AFP/Getty ImagesLibya has stepped down as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament, it was announced today. 

Ivory Coast football team hit by ban on sports matches over Ebola fear

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

The suspension of international sports matches was announced by Sports Minister Alain Lobognon ©TwitterAll international sporting events in the Ivory Coast have been suspended until further notice in a latest measure to avoid the spread of Ebola into the country.

FIFA to host global sports ethics conference

By Emily Goddard

FIFA will host the first ever World Summit on Ethics in Sports next month ©FIFAFIFA has revealed it will host the first ever World Summit on Ethics in Sports, which will be opened by President Sepp Blatter, at its Zurich headquarters next month.

Rwanda kicked out of Africa Cup of Nations for fielding player with two identities

By Zjan Shirinian

Birori Dady (left) has two identities, according to the Confederation of African Football ©AFP/Getty ImagesRwanda has been thrown out of the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after fielding a player with two identities.

Luis Suárez has biting ban appeal upheld but some sanctions lifted

By Zjan Shirinian

Luis Suárez appealed his four-month ban after apparently biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini ©AFP/Getty ImagesUruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has had his four-month ban for biting a player at the FIFA World Cup upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it has lifted other restrictions imposed on the player.

Aminu Maigari resigns as President of Nigerian Football Federation ahead of election

By Gary Anderson

Aminu Maigari (right) has resigned as the President of the Nigerian Football Federation ahead of elections later this month ©Getty ImagesAminu Maigari has resigned as President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)  just a few weeks after being reinstated ahead of elections that are scheduled to take place on August 26.

Girls' football set to get Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games underway

By Gary Anderson

The Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium will play host to football matches during Nanjing 2014 ©Nanjing 2014The female footballers of Papua New Guinea and Venezuela are set to get the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games underway tomorrow two days before the Opening Ceremony takes place.
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