Football

Champagne calls for stronger National Associations within FIFA in latest Presidential candidacy letter

By Paul Osborne

Jérôme Champagne has outlined a number of his key plans as he pushes ahead with his FIFA Presidency campaign ©Getty ImagesJérôme Champagne has called for a strengthening of National Associations as he detailed his "programme for the twenty-first century FIFA" and reform of the the world governing body's Executive Committee.

FIFA satisfied with 2018 World Cup venue visit so far, says Inspection Committee chief

By Daniel Etchells

Christian Unger, the head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, said world football's governing body is satisfied with what it's seen thus far ©Getty ImagesChristian Unger, head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, claimed they are satisfied with the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi after completing the third leg of the week-long visit to Russia to view the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Platini to take part in European Union Sports Ministers meeting

By David Owen

UEFA President Michel Platini is to travel to Rome to attend a meeting of European Union Sports Ministers ©Getty ImagesUEFA President Michel Platini will go to Rome this week to discuss the body's Financial Fair Play (FFP) initiative with European Union (EU) Sports Ministers.

Report into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes won't be published in full, says FIFA's Ethics judge

By Daniel Etchells

Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee, has said that the report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups wont be published in full ©Getty ImagesHans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee, has claimed it is not legally possible to publish the report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in full as it would breach confidentiality agreements with interviewees.

Morocco "to withdraw" as host of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations over Ebola outbreak

By Zjan Shirinian

Morocco is likely to be heavily sanctioned if its withdrawal from hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is confirmed ©Gallo Images/Getty ImagesMorocco is set to withdraw as host of next year's Africa Cup of Nations because of fears it will lead to a further spread of the Ebola virus, according to reports, with Ghana and South Africa among the countries mentioned as potential replacements. 

European Commission signs wide-ranging cooperation agreement with UEFA

By David Owen

The Arrangement for Cooperation is a major boost for UEFA ©Getty Images for UEFAUEFA, the European football body, has been handed a major boost to its credibility by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU).

FIFA impose five-year ban on Mongolian Football Federation President

By Daniel Etchells

Ganbold Buyannemekh (left), has been banned for five years by FIFA ©Getty ImagesGanbold Buyannemekh, President of the Mongolian Football Federation, has been given a five-year ban from all football-related activity for soliciting and accepting payments from former FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam, world football's governing body announced today. 

FIFA to lead inspection of Russian stadiums for 2018 World Cup

By Daniel Etchells

The Luzhniki Stadium, venue for the 2008 Champions League final, will be inspected on October 20 ©Getty ImagesA week-long inspection of the stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will commence tomorrow as a joint delegation made up of representatives from world football's governing body and the host nation's 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) hold their first official visit.

FIFA chief ethics investigator Garcia reiterates call for transparency

By Emily Goddard

Michael Garcia has called for "greater transparency" at FIFA ©Getty ImagesMichael Garcia, FIFA's chief ethics investigator, has called on world football's governing body to ensure "greater transparency" as part of its reform process.
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