Football politics

    Football politics

    Gianni Infantino and Fifa seem to have a new plan: to kill the World Cup | Marina Hyde How would the new Fifa president best regain some credibility for football’s ailing governing body? A root and branch reform from top to bottom, or a madcap plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams …Some movies are so bad they...

    Said & Done: Karl Oyston, Fifa 2.0, and the Golden Bin awards Also featuring: Captain Fiasco, the pride of Costa Rica, and the pope’s special soldier Blackpool owner Karl Oyston - banned last year for calling a fan “a massive retard, thick twat, special needs fuctard” - still looking to sue 10 of 150 fans who invaded the pitch to...

    North America emerges as leading favorite to host 2026 World Cup Fifa rules out Uefa and Asian member bids for 2026 World CupEurope can host in 2026 only if no other bids fulfill requirementsUSA is expected to bid, either by itself or with Canada or MexicoNorth America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after...

    Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field | Ben Jamal There is a rising tide of pressure, including UN intervention, calling for exclusion. Any other decision would go against football’s core principle of impartialityAs a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am...

    As long as greed governs global sport, corruption will be endemic | Simon Jenkins Everyone in football knew what Sam Allardyce was talking about. His biggest crime was to embarrass the FAWhere there’s brass there’s muck, and where there’s muck there is usually a rake. The Daily Telegraph’s exposure of England’s football boss, Sam Allardyce, was just about fair within...

    Infantino’s jetsetting contrasts grimly with migrant worker’s Fifa case | Marina Hyde A $5,000 legal challenge over exploitation of workers building for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar pales next to the value of private flights accepted by Fifa’s presidentIn the grim scheme of things, it is the modesty of the sum that gets you. With the formal backing of...

    Asian football officials deliver snub to Fifa by blocking elections • Congress closed less than 30 minutes after opening• Delegates overwhelmingly rejected meeting agendaAsia’s top football officials delivered a major snub to Fifa on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of an election for three spots on the world body’s new governing council in a row over the disqualification of a Qatari...

    Fifa decision to disband anti-racism task force ‘shameful’, says Prince Ali • Kick It Out also dismayed by world football’s governing body’s decision • Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura says zero-tolerance policy still in placeFifa has been widely criticised for abolishing its anti-racism task force less than two years before the Russia 2018 World Cup, forcing the new secretary general,...

    UN sets out position on Israeli settlement football clubs in letter to Fifa Warning over validity comes before meeting this week to discuss issue of Israeli teams playing in West BankA senior United Nations official has written to Fifa to reiterate that the UN regards Israeli settlements – and by extension Israeli football teams that play in them – to...

    Fifa says it’s solved racism in football – but it’s nowhere near | Archie Bland Football’s governing body obviously isn’t taking the problem of racial abuse seriously if it thinks its mission is complete. There’s a long way to goFifa has disbanded its anti-racism taskforce, because its mission has been “completely fulfilled”. This news will reverberate across football and beyond,...

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    Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field | Ben Jamal There is a rising tide of pressure, including...

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