Football

Anouma CAF Presidency appeal thrown out leaving path clear for Hayatou

By James Crook

Issa Hayatou 050313March 5 - Veteran Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou will run unopposed in the next election after would-be rival Jacques Anouma had his case to run dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Caretaker head Zhang decides against running for Asian Football Confederation Presidency

By James Crook

ZhangJilon040313March 4 - Acting Asian Football Confederation (AFC) head Zhang Jilong has decided not to run for the permanent AFC Presidency, leaving four other candidates in the running to take over Mohammed Bin Hammam's former role.

Beckham "honoured" to be appointed Chinese football ambassador

By James Crook

160432828March 4 - David Beckham has claimed he is "honoured" to have been appointed as a global ambassador for Chinese football today, with the British icon to help promote the game in the world's most populous nation.

Qatar 2022 could be moved to the winter over heat fears, FIFA admit

By Duncan Mackay

Qatar 2022 stadiumMarch 2 - FIFA has for the first time - publicly, at least - acknowledged that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may have to be moved to the winter because of the health risk of playing in the intense heat in the Middle East country during the summer could pose.

FIFA looks for new Women’s Under-17 World Cup host as Costa Rica withdraws

By James Crook

154064818February 28 - FIFA has announced it is searching for a new host for its Women's Under-17 World Cup next year after stadium development and construction in the planned location of Costa Rica fell well behind schedule.

Mutko re-elected as Russia's representative on FIFA Executive Committee

By Duncan Mackay

Vitaly Mutko in front of Russia 2018 signFebruary 27 - Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has been re-elected as the country's representative on the FIFA Executive Committee, it has been announced.

We envision a more transparent future, says CONCACAF secretary general

By Lauren Mattera at the World Sports Congress in London 

CONCACAFFebruary 27 - The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) envision a more "transparent" future as its newly-formed Integrity Committee, set-up to run a full investigation into past corruption within the governing body, prepare to present a full report to the Congress in Panama City in April.

FIFA endorses third goal-line technology system as competition heats up for World Cup approval

By James Crook

lampardgermanyFebruary 27 - FIFA has granted a licence to another goal-line technology manufacturer, German firm Cairos, which joins the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems in the battle for the right to be implemented at the 2014 World Cup and this year's Confederations Cup, both in Brazil.

Amsterdam Arena confirms intention to host Euro 2020 matches

By James Crook at the World Sports Congress in London

154674011February 26 - Amsterdam Arena chief executive Henk Markerink has confirmed that the venue, which provides a permanent home for Dutch football champions Ajax, will bid for the right to host matches at the 2020 UEFA European Championships here today, though he does admit that Rotterdam may offer some competition.
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