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, was the best of the 21 editions of the tournament.FIFA ...

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 it is examining possible violations of his duties in the ...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Soccer 04/27/19, 07:24

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision.FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the ...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Soccer 04/14/19, 13:44

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has held talks with Kuwaiti politicians and soccer leaders about the country staging games at the 2022 World Cup if the Qatar tournament is enlarged from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino was flying to Qatar on Sunday night to talk to the World Cup leadership about his ...

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 do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any ...

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 Rinaldo Arnold, a childhood friend of Infantino.Arnold accepted invitations to ...

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 after two candidates withdrew last month.Infantino told the AFC Congress ...

Update: Euro clubs won’t play in 24-team Club World Cup

Soccer 03/15/19, 08:08

The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local):___9 a.m.The European Club Association says none of its teams will take part in a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021.The ECA expressed its concerns this week in a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino ahead of a decision whether to ...

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 pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to generate new interest ...

FIFA council to assess 2022 WCup expansion study next week

Soccer 03/07/19, 11:06

An agenda for FIFA's ruling council says plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams will be assessed at next week's meeting.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said fast-tracking the increase which was due to start at the 2026 tournament, would require using additional countries beyond Qatar.Qatar's infrastructure is ...

Source: FIFA explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 WCup co-hosts

World 03/06/19, 12:53

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press FIFA is exploring Oman and Kuwait becoming co-hosts of the 2022 World Cup with Qatar if the field of teams is expanded from 32 to 48.Although Qatar won a bid for a 32-team tournament and its infrastructure is already ...

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 its history, which erupted in 2015 when a United States-led ...

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 chaired Monday's meeting of the organizing committee for world soccer ...

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 Football Confederation will kick off the global program. Details from ...

South Korea says FIFA approached on World Cup bid with North

Soccer 03/04/19, 12:03

South Korea says it was approached by FIFA about bidding along with North Korea for the 2023 Women's World Cup. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said after a weekend meeting of soccer's lawmakers that he had "been hearing" about the neighbors combining to bid.South Korea soccer association general secretary Hong Myung-bo was ...

Infantino says joint Korean Women’s World Cup bid possible

Sports 03/03/19, 17:10

A joint World Cup bid by North and South Korea is being talked up by FIFA President Gianni Infantino."I have been hearing for the Women's World Cup in 2023, the two Koreas," Infantino said. "I have been hearing that. It would be great." A combined Olympic bid is already in the ...

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 are nicer than men. Probably generally because sometimes ... we ...

Infantino looks toward June deadline for expanding ’22 WCup

Soccer 02/27/19, 14:15

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted that his plan to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams won't be finalized at next month's council in Miami — leaving it for a June deadline instead amid ongoing geopolitical complications.Adding 16 teams would require Qatar to share ...

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 to be staged in October after Peru was awarded the ...

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 it effectively, and on this issue we are also counting ...

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