It can't be a summer World Cup in Qatar, insists Premier League chairman

By Emily Goddard at Securing Sport 2013 in Doha

sir dave richards 190313March 19 - Sir Dave Richards, chairman of the Premier League, has openly backed a winter FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 saying that it cannot be played in the summer due to the heat.

Sri Lankan Sports Minister abolishes committee chaired by disgraced FIFA executive

By Duncan Mackay

Vinal FernandoMarch 16 - A committee chaired by Vernon Manilal Fernando, suspended as a member of FIFA's ruling Executive Committee earlier this week, has been scrapped by Sri Lanka's Sports Minister, who claimed it had "ruined the sport".

Russia vows not to blow Federal budget on 2018 FIFA World Cup

By James Crook

sport-012March 15 - Russia's Government have warned that they will not spend extra money from the Federal budget on infrastructure improvements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, leaving regional authorities with the burden of financing other improvement projects.

Platini Euro 2020 plan "lacks heart and soul" claims Blatter

By Duncan Mackay

Sepp Blatter with Michel Platini Euro 2012March 14 - Plans to hold the 2020 UEFA European Championships across the continent have been criticised by Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA. 

Bahamas set to host 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

By James Crook

107511490March 12 - The Bahamas will become the first Caribbean nation to host the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Beach Soccer Championship on May 8-12 this year.

FIFA suspends another Executive Committee member

By Duncan Mackay

Fernando Manilal head and shouldersMarch 11 - Sri Lankan Vernon Manilal Fernando, a member of FIFA's Executive Committee, has been provisionally suspended from all football-related activities for 90 days, the world governing body announced today. 

Hayatou officially re-elected for seventh term as CAF President as disgraced Mali official makes comeback

By Duncan Mackay

Issa Hayatou at CAF Congress MarrakechMarch 10 - Issa Hayatou has been officially re-elected unopposed as President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a record seventh four-year term.

UAE unveil 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup emblem

By James Crook

UAE2013logo060313March 9 - The official emblem for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup has been unveiled in Abu Dhabi as the United Arab Emirates prepares to host the largest football tournament ever to be held in the country in late October and November this year.

USSF President to go head-to-head with Mexican chief to replace Blazer on FIFA Executive Committee

By Duncan Mackay

Sunil GulatiMarch 6 - Sunil Gulati, President of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), will battle with Justino Compean, head of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), to replace Chuck Blazer on FIFA's ruling Executive Committee.
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