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    Gianni Infantino unveils plans to increase World Cup to 40 or 48 teams • Fifa president is adamant more teams will not dilute the tournament• Infantino said there was a positive feeling at Fifa towards expansionThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has defended his derided World Cup expansion plan and backed the idea of more than one country co-hosting the tournament...

    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,...

    Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan would be funny if it was not so serious New Fifa president is taking a leaf straight out of Sepp Blatter’s book with his proposal to expand the competition and the way he is going about itNot for the first time when it comes to global football’s discredited overlords, the closing lines of Won’t Get...

    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...

    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...

    Football insiders claim world game is ‘endemically corrupt’ in player transfers In the first of a two-part series looking into alleged corruption in football, the Guardian talks to agents, lawyers and academics close to the biggest dealsA starlet at a Premier League club is to be promoted to the first team. His agent has represented him since the age of...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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