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Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Citing human rights abuses, campaigns to stop Germany, Denmark and Norway from participating in the contest are gaining steam. But is Qatar being unfairly singled out? Campaigners are pressuring Germany, Denmark and Norway to boycott the 2022 FIFA World Cup in protest against human rights conditions in the host country, Qatar. They amount to the … Continue reading Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?

What you should know about Ferenc Puskas, the legend behind FIFA’s Puskas Awards

A physical alien among Adonises trundled, panting, into his new club’s dressing room one morning in 1958. A light session of fitness drills, in which he had only semi-partaken, had caused the sweat-saturated jersey of the man described by former England manager Ron Greenwood as 'a roly-poly little fellow who looked as if he did … Continue reading What you should know about Ferenc Puskas, the legend behind FIFA’s Puskas Awards

Football legends unite against racism, violence and discrimination

A combination of 40 FIFA Legends and current professional footballers, each sporting a black jersey, have taken their message of #StopRacism, #StopViolence and #StopDiscrimination to social media during the past week, a spontaneous plea that has to date reached over 44 million fans worldwide. “It’s reassuring to see that every day a growing number of FIFA Legends … Continue reading Football legends unite against racism, violence and discrimination

Why FIFA is approving 5 substitutions per match

The forthcoming changes to football have been well discussed, from the transfer market right through to changes in the structure of training sessions, yet even more differences to the game are coming, with FIFA set to agree to a move which will permit five substitutions per match. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed football, perhaps forever, and … Continue reading Why FIFA is approving 5 substitutions per match

FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day. WHO recommends all … Continue reading FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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Qatar 2022: FIFA President applauds the level of infrastructure development

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised Qatar’s infrastructure progress and described the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ as a unique opportunity for football fans to experience a new culture and region during a whistle-stop tour of the country. Infantino visited the 40,000-capacity Al Wakrah Stadium before taking a helicopter ride to view the other seven proposed … Continue reading Qatar 2022: FIFA President applauds the level of infrastructure development

FIFA bans Manchester City for alleged deals with minors

FIFA's disciplinary committee has punished Manchester City for international transfers of underage players, but the English side have escaped being hit with a transfer ban. The sanction is a financial one, with City fined 370,000 Swiss Francs - around 339,000 euros. "The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned English club Manchester Cityfor breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of … Continue reading FIFA bans Manchester City for alleged deals with minors

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Guardiola angry with FIFA

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has expressed strong disapproval at FIFA's snub of several of his players from the 10-man shortlist for The Best award. Guardiola's team won a domestic treble last season, which included the defence of their Premier League crown, but none of his players were recognized this week. Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Harry Kane were the … Continue reading Guardiola angry with FIFA

2022 World Cup: Should FIFA cancel Qatar’s hosting rights?

Last week, the United States won the 2019 Women’s World Cup championship. The tournament, Franklin Foer wrote, was “an exhibition of excellence, a noble step in the struggle for gender equity.” In contrast, he argued, the 2022 Men’s World Cup, set to take place in Qatar, “will be an authoritarian regime’s vulgar vanity project, allegedly made … Continue reading 2022 World Cup: Should FIFA cancel Qatar’s hosting rights?

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini released from custody

  The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has been released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Image: Michel Platini The French soccer legend denied wrongdoing and a statement from his representatives said the facts of the case … Continue reading Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini released from custody