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    Qatar and Russia World Cups ‘the best thing that happened in football’ – Fifa vice-president • Victor Montagliani: ‘If England and the US had got the World Cup, maybe we would’ve had status quo’• Infantino ally suggests World Cup will expand from 32 teamsThe Fifa vice-president Victor Montagliani has suggested it may be “the best thing that happened in football”...

    Welcome to Deportivo Maldonado, where the big names never actually play In part two of our investigation into the world of agents, the Guardian reveals how Jonathan Calleri and Gerónimo Rulli moved to the Premier League from the Uruguayan club this summer, despite rumours of third-party ownershipOf all the millions of pounds spent this summer by Premier League clubs, the...

    Said & Done: Fifa 2.0; peddling migrant lies; and dive of the week Also featuring: Aleksander Ceferin, Massimo Ferrero’s intentions, and Ronaldinho’s new lifeFifa 2.0 – restoring “the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa” with a focus on ethics and human rights. Week one’s highlight: confirmation that 2017’s congress will be held in Bahrain. Gianni Infantino: “It’s not...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Fifa moves Zurich hotels to leave Baur au Lac and its memories behind • Baur au Lac used as main hotel for Fifa executive committee since 2004• It was scene of 2015 police raid prompted by US fraud investigationIts lobby was once the epicentre for a cabal that brought Fifa to its knees and became synonymous with the dramatic police...

    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 disbands its anti-racism taskforce declaring that the job is done • Force established in 2013 ‘has completely fulfilled its mission’ says Fifa• Dismay at decision with incidents on the rise in World Cup hosts RussiaFifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behaviour in Russia, the hosts of the 2018 World...

    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...

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