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    New Fifa Council will no longer stay at luxurious Baur au Lac hotel • Park Hyatt selected as new accommodation for 36-strong council • Baur au Lac was site of dawn raids in May 2015The lobby of Zurich’s luxurious Baur au Lac hotel was once the epicentre for a cabal that brought Fifa to its knees and became synonymous with...

    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...

    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...

    The rebel World Cup: on the road with Kurdistan's football team They’re denied entry to the official tournament, but can Kurdistan’s footballers take home the trophy at the alternative contest?A wall-length trophy cabinet dominates the office of Safeen Kanabi, the portly president of the Kurdistan Football Association (KFA). It is late April, far from the peak of summer, yet the...

    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,...

    World Cup could expand to 48 teams, Fifa’s Gianni Infantino suggests • Fifa Council to rule on possible expansion in new year• Plan would see 16 teams go home after one gameNot content with expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has suggested going even further and opening up the competition to 48 countries from...

    Said & Done: Karren Brady, Wayne Rooney, and basic witchcraft Also featuring: @Dr_TonyXia; Diego Maradona; and how racism works Sun columnist Karren Brady on the game’s greed culture: “Allardyce lost his credibility… And for what? A greedy top-up and a help-yourself bonus that reveals a staggering sense of entitlement. I guess this is what they call chickens coming home to...

    Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers FNV union says football body should have demanded abolition of kafala migrant labour system ahead of 2022 World CupFifa is facing legal action in the Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the Guardian can reveal. Since Fifa voted...

    GB Olympic football team no threat to separate status, says Infantino • Fifa’s Gianni Infantino says teams would not jeopardise ‘150 years of history’• One-off GB teams competed at London 2012 but no sides in RioA Team GB Olympics football side would not endanger the four home nations’ independent status in the eyes of the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino.The head...

    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...

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