Football

African teams could boycott 2018 FIFA World Cup matches if Russian racism continues, warns top official

By Daniel Etchells

CSKA Moscow played last week's Champions League group game against Manchester City behind closed doors ©Getty ImagesPiara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe and a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, has warned African teams may boycott matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia unless the racism there is tackled effectively.

Nigeria set to face FIFA ban after court annuls NFF elections

By Daniel Etchells

The court ruling could have serious implications for Nigerian football ©Getty ImagesFIFA is expected to impose a ban on Nigeria after the Federal High Court sitting in Jos ruled that last month's Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) elections in Warri, which saw Amaju Pinnick named as President, were invalid.

Serbia "win" abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania - but docked three points

By Paul Osborne

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania after their Euro 2016 qualifying match was abandoned, however, the team have also been handed a three point deduction due to the violence that ensued at the game ©Getty ImagesSerbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover over Albania after their Euro 2016 qualifying match was abandoned due to politically charged violence earlier this month, although they have received a three point deduction.

European Football Leagues body claims Qatar 2022 should remain in summer

By Daniel Etchells

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues' General Assembly was held in Stockholm today ©EPFLThe FIFA World Cup in 2022 should still be held in the summer in Qatar despite numerous calls for it to be moved, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) has claimed.

FIFA Inspection Committee chief says preparations for 2018 World Cup are on track

By Daniel Etchells

Christian Unger, head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, addressed the media outside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ©Getty ImagesChristian Unger, head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, claims preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia are "going according to plan" after world football's governing body completed their inspection of five of the tournament's venues.

Head of FIFA World Cup Inspection Group wants matches at Qatar 2022 after midnight

By Daniel Etchells

Harold Mayne-Nicholls (right) led FIFA's technical commission which assessed the Qatar 2022 bid ©Getty ImagesThe administrator who led the FIFA Inspection Group that evaluated the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has claimed matches could be staged after midnight in Qatar to avoid the searing heat in the Gulf country. 

English FA secretary general Alex Horne set to step down at the end of January

By Paul Osborne

FA secretary general Alex Horne will step down from his role at the end of January next year ©Getty ImagesAlex Horne, secretary general of the English Football Association (FA), is due to leave his role at the end of January, it has been announced today. 

Platini hails "historic" step for European sports policy

By David Owen

UEFA President Michel Platini has hailed the so-called "Cooperation Arrangement" as a "historic step forward for European sports policy" ©Getty ImagesMichel Platini, President of UEFA, the European football body, has hailed the so-called "Cooperation Arrangement" signed in Brussels with the European Commission, the European Union (EU)'s executive arm, last week as a "historic step forward for European sports policy".

Russia 2018 will project better image of country than Sochi 2014, claims World Cup chief

By Nick Butler

Alexey Sorokin has vowed that Russia 2018 will project a better image of the country than the build-up to Sochi 2014 did ©Russia 2018 via FIFARussia 2018 chief executive Alexey Sorokin has vowed to learn from "things done wrong" for earlier this year, and use the FIFA World Cup to show a "true, open and hospitable" host nation.
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