Football

FIFA set dates for 2018 World Cup as Putin promises currency crisis will not affect tournament

By Duncan Mackay

Vladimir Putin has promised that funding will be available for the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite the Russian currency crisis ©Getty ImagesFIFA announced today that the 2018 World Cup final will be played in Moscow on July 15 as Russian President Vladimir Putin promised the current currency crisis in the country would not affect preparations.

"Legally appropriate version" of Garcia's World Cup bidding report to be published but Blatter rules out a re-vote for 2018 and 2022

By Daniel Etchells

"A legally appropriate version" of Michael Garcia's report into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be released, the FIFA Executive Committee decided at its meeting in Marrakech today ©Getty ImagesFIFA's Executive Committee has agreed unanimously to publish "a legally appropriate version" of Michael Garcia's report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - but Russia and Qatar will remain as hosts after Sepp Blatter ruled out a re-vote. 

Ethics investigator Garcia resigns after slamming FIFA independence and leadership

By Nick Butler

FIFA's ethics investigator Michael Garcia has resigned in protest of the handling of his report into the World Cup bidding process ©Getty ImagesFIFA independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia has resigned in protest of the handling of his report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups as turmoil within football's world governing body deepens.

Garcia's appeal against World Cup bid investigation summary dismissed by FIFA

By Paul Osborne 

Michael Garcia's appeal against the summary of his FIFA World Cup bid investigation has been dismissed ©Getty ImagesMichael Garcia's appeal against the summary of his two-year investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids has been thrown out by the FIFA Appeals Committee.

FIFA Executive Committee member proposes vote over publication of World Cup bid report

By Daniel Etchells

Theo Zwanziger is set to submit a proposal at this month's FIFA Executive Committee meeting ©Getty ImagesFIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger will propose a vote next week over whether the report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be published in full.

Exclusive: Blatter leaves door open for 2022 World Cup clash with Winter Olympics but claims he is against it

By David Owen at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed he would be against the 2022 World Cup in Qatar clashing with the Winter Olympics but refused to rule it out ©Getty ImagesFIFA President Sepp Blatter appears to have left open the possibility that the 2022 World Cup may - after all - be played in January and February, in a prospect that will horrify Winter Sports Federations.

Hosts Canada learn fate following 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup draw

By Daniel Etchells

The draw for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup took place at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa ©Getty Images The draw for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup has pitted hosts Canada against China, New Zealand and The Netherlands in Group A. 

The Netherlands win bid to host 2017 UEFA Women's European Championships

By Paul Osborne

The Netherlands will host the 2017 Women's European Championships ©KNVBThe Netherlands will host the 2017 UEFA Women's European Championships, the first time the tournament will feature 16 teams.

Garcia appeals against summary of World Cup bidding processes investigation

By Daniel Etchells

Michael Garcia is appealing against the 42-page summary of his investigation into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups ©Getty ImagesFIFA has confirmed that its chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has proceeded with his appeal against Hans-Joachim Eckert's 42-page summary of his 430-page report into alleged corruption surrounding the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
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