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FIFA suspends Chad and Pakistan due to poor governance

Football's governing body FIFA suspended the national soccer federations of Chad and Pakistan on Wednesday due to disputes on how they should be run. The Pakistan Football Federation also known as the PFF was hit with a suspension due to third-party interferences for the second time in four years. This is after a group of officials and protesters launched protests and occupied the body's headquarters last month. The protest was in opposition to FIFA's appointment of a normalization committee to organize the sport in Pakistan following years of chaos by groups of officials. The national women's championship was disrupted by the takeover of the PFF headquarters. READ: I won the ball fairly – Bellingham shocked by ref’s decision “This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has r...
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FIFA approves extension of players’ contracts amid coronavirus crisis

FIFA has given approval for player contracts to be extended until the season can be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic which is set to result in the movement of summer transfer window dates. The EFL has indefinitely suspended the season, and this means that the season will go beyond the contract end dates of various players. Therefore, FIFA has come up with proposals to address practical issues that may arise due to the COVID-19 crisis. FIFA met on Tuesday and endorsed a set of principles that were agreed on by the task force overseeing the issue, with contracts and the transfer window being key topics. READ: Spurs displeased with Mourinho’s public training session with three players FIFA said: “It is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does...
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Fifa and Fifpro to launch global fund to protect players’ salaries

Fifa AND Fifpro - the world players' union have set up a fund to protect players' salaries. The FIFA Fund for Football Players (Fifa FFP) is expected to provide financial support for players who have not been paid and will not be paid by their clubs. This was disclosed in a report made by the BBC. Therefore, the footballing body has set aside $16m (£12.3m) for the fund up to 2022, and it has been split into yearly allocations. Meanwhile, another $5m (£3.8m) has also been allocated for players that have been affected between July 2015 and June 2020. A statement released by Fifa and Fifpro read: "While these grants will not cover the full amount of salaries owed to players, this fund will provide an important safety net." The president of the world football's governing body Gianni I...
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Qatar 2022 – No FIFA security concerns amid hostilities in the Middle East

FIFA has revealed that it has no security concerns ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite the increased political tension and military action in the Middle East this month. Regardless of the ongoing hostilities in the region, Football's governing body has reiterated its commitment to the first World Cup that'll be staged in the Middle East. A FIFA spokesperson in a chat with Sky Sports News maintained the body's stance. "There is no reason to be concerned at this stage" FIFA is in daily contact with the organizers of the competition in Qatar including an assessment of safety and security and no consideration has been made to any proposal to change the host nation. They still maintain that Qatar is still one of the safest countries in the world. A spokesperson for the Supr...
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Yaya Toure says FIFA doesn’t care about racism in football

Yaya Toure has opined that world's football governing body FIFA is not doing enough to curb racism and that England should have walked off the pitch in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria during the international break. The 36-year-old former Ivory Coast international made the comments in a chat with AFP after Qingdao Huangchi secured promotion to the Chinese Super League during the weekend. It can be recalled that England's qualifier against Bulgaria was marred by controversies. Yaya Toure said: "This is a shame, why are you playing for England?" Toure has never failed to share his thoughts on the racism problem in football. He said: "They are always talking, 'Blah, blah, blah', and what? Nothing changes." "People from FIFA don't care anyway because we've been talking abo...
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CAS confirms Chelsea appeal against two-window transfer ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have provided confirmation that Chelsea have appealed their transfer ban which is set to stand for two transfer windows. The Blues were hit with the punishment by FIFA after being found to have broken rules regarding the registration of young players. Chelsea had initially appealed against the ban to FIFA to have it overturned with regards to the registration of senior players but saw their appeal rejected by football's governing body. Therefore, the Premier League club have now turned to CAS who have the power to overturn or delay the ban as evidence is gathered. This will allow Chelsea to sign players this summer. READ: Neymar to miss Copa America after suffering ankle injury A statement released by CAS on Friday confirmed the appea...
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FIFA – 3.5bn people watched the Russia 2018 world cup

FIFA has revealed that more than 3.5bn people watched some of the World Cup games, while 1.12bn watched at least a minute of the tournament's final game where France beat Croatia 4:2. These figures were arrived at by a group of FIFA-commissioned reviewers who reviewed the World Cup. They also added that the final game attracted a television audience of 516.6 million by the traditional “global average in-home audience.” Other viewers were on digital devices and out-of-home screens in public, restaurants, and bars. READ: Klopp – Van Dijk has exceeded expectations at Liverpool It was also revealed that the global audience of the Russia 2018 World Cup averaged 191 million per game, and this was higher than the 187 million during the course of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Accord...
FIFA devising plans to remake football’s transfer market
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FIFA devising plans to remake football’s transfer market

Reports suggest that FIFA and its president Gianni Infantino are making plans to push for major reforms in football's player transfer industry. The change would limit the amount of money that teams will be able to pay to acquire the services of players, as well as reduce the increasing power that agents are wielding in the transfer market. The changes which are believed to have been ordered by Infantino was contained in a detailed report and would result in the biggest overhaul of the transfer system since its inception. It can be recalled that Infantino made a promise to tackle issues in the transfer market before he emerged as the president of football's governing association two years ago. READ: Lazio to keep hold of Milinkovic-Savic with new long-term deal He oversaw the...
Madrid report Inter to FIFA for illegal Modric approach
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Madrid report Inter to FIFA for illegal Modric approach

Real Madrid have reported Inter Milan to FIFA for what they consider as an illegal approach for Luka Modric. Florentino Perez had revealed earlier this month that Modric had a €750 million release clause in his contract, with two years remaining. This didn't deter the Serie A side from pursuing after the Croatia international. However, it has been confirmed by a FIFA spokesman that the European Champions have reported the Serie A side to FIFA for approaching the Russia 2018 World Cup Golden Ball Winner without seeking prior permission. It also gets complicated as Inter Milan openly spoke about the player and they have also not denied their conduct with coach Luciano Spalletti saying recently: "we are trying to create the right conditions for him to join Inter Milan." READ: Clau...
Russia 2018 – VAR replays to be displayed on big screens
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Russia 2018 – VAR replays to be displayed on big screens

  Recent developments confirm that replays of incidents reviewed by video assistant referees (VAR) will be displayed on big screens, as the technology is set to be deployed in the upcoming Russia 2018 world cup later this year. This is to afford spectators the chance to see what moments in a game are being reviewed as well as why any decision is reached, although the footage will not be shown live in the stadium when the referee is making a call. According to FIFA, the replays will be shown later to ensure that refereeing decisions are not influenced by spectators. Additionally, there will be four video assistant referees present at every game in the Russia 2018 World Cup. “Everything will be centralised in a single location in Moscow and all referees will be based in Mosc...