Putin awards medal to FIFA president Infantino

Sports 05/23/19, 10:38

Vladimir Putin has given FIFA president Gianni Infantino a medal.The Russian president awarded Infantino the Order of Friendship at the Kremlin on Thursday.Infantino has often said last year's World Cup in Russia, where the host nation surprisingly reached the quarterfinals, ...

Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case

Sports 05/10/19, 09:00

Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings for financial wrongdoing.The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday ...

FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

Sports 04/13/19, 10:53

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.The head of world soccer's governing body says "we will not hesitate to ...

Swiss special counsel clears friend of FIFA head Infantino

Soccer 04/12/19, 07:11

A special counsel's office in Switzerland says it has closed an investigation into a regional prosecutor's links with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.After reports in the "Football Leaks" series last November, a criminal proceeding for possible passive corruption was opened against ...

FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief

Sports 04/06/19, 00:07

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Bahrain's Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation's presidential election Saturday ...

APNewsBreak: FIFA wants 24-team, summer 2021 Club World Cup

Sports 03/13/19, 13:00

FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned.An overhaul of the current seven-team annual competition, normally in December, is being ...

APNewsBreak: FIFA’s robust cash reserves soar to $2.7B

Sports 03/06/19, 02:29

FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned.The robust financial results suggest FIFA has weathered the deepest crisis in ...

Video review for Women’s World Cup backed by FIFA panel

Soccer 03/04/19, 15:28

The FIFA panel overseeing Women's World Cup preparations recommended on Monday using video review to help referees, clearing the path for final confirmation next week.The plan has strong backers in FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UEFA leader Aleksander Ceferin, who ...

June kickoff for qualifiers to 2022 WCup of 32 or 48 teams

Soccer 03/04/19, 14:53

Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup will begin in Asia in June, though political tensions between Qatar and its neighbors means FIFA's push to expand the tournament is still uncertain.FIFA's committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday the Asian ...

Infantino: Male players can learn from better behaved women

Sports 03/02/19, 10:39

Striving to improve behavior at soccer matches, FIFA President Gianni Infantino sees women as role models for male players.After a meeting of the sport's lawmakers, Infantino claimed there is less simulation and time wasting in the women's game.Infantino says "women ...

FIFA strips Peru of U17 World Cup hosting rights

Soccer 02/22/19, 17:47

FIFA has stripped Peru of Under-20 World Cup hosting rights, citing concerns about the infrastructure.The decision was taken by the bureau of the FIFA Council which features the six regional confederation presidents and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.The tournament was due ...

Putin asks FIFA for support on World Cup legacy

Sports 02/20/19, 12:07

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he wants FIFA to help ensure last year's World Cup has an effective legacy."Ahead of us we now have a different task, to use everything that was done for the World Cup, to use ...

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