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Platini says FIFA must end his ban, but probe goes on

Platini says FIFA must end his ban, but probe goes on

Former UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday FIFA must now lift his ban over a €1.8mn payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to bring charges against him.

FIFA fines Russia over racist chants at France friendly

FIFA fines Russia over racist chants at France friendly

FIFA said it had conducted a "thorough investigation" of video evidence of the match in reaching its decision.

Russia 'absolutely ready' for World Cup, says FIFA boss

Russia 'absolutely ready' for World Cup, says FIFA boss

Gianni Infantino met Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi as Russia races against the clock to put the finishing touches on preparations for the June 14-July 15 final.

Qatar urges FIFA talks on 48-team World Cup proposal

Qatar urges FIFA talks on 48-team World Cup proposal

Qatar World Cup organisers have told FIFA it was "important" to hold talks before any final decision was taken to expand the 2022 tournament to 48 teams.

UN body names Messi responsible tourism ambassador

UN body names Messi responsible tourism ambassador

The UN World Tourism Organisation said on Monday it has appointed FC Barcelona's Argentine star Lionel Messi as an ambassador to promote responsible tourism.

FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe

FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said Monday it will investigate ‘potential wrongdoings’ after a FIFA audit into construction of its lavish new Auckland headquarters raised corruption concerns.

FIFA names 36 referees and 63 assistants for World Cup

FIFA names 36 referees and 63 assistants for World Cup

Felix Brych of Germany, who officiated last season's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus, is among 36 referees named on Thursday for the World Cup in Russia by the ruling body FIFA.

World Cup bidding process fair and transparent, says Infantino

World Cup bidding process fair and transparent, says Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino described the bid process for the 2026 World Cup as "fair, objective and transparent" after the global soccer body announced it had received bid books from two candidates on Monday.

Iraq praises Qatar's role in lifting of ban

Iraq praises Qatar's role in lifting of ban

The head of the Iraq Football Association (IFA), Abdul Khaleq Masoud, has praised the efforts made by Qatar Football Association (QFA) under the leadership of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, which resulted in the FIFA decision to lift the ban on holding official matches in Basra, Karbal

AFC welcomes lifting of Iraq ban for competitive matches

AFC welcomes lifting of Iraq ban for competitive matches

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Saturday welcomed the FIFA Council's decision to lift a ban on Iraq, allowing the country to host competitive matches in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala.

Blatter says he wants FIFA to reconsider his case

Blatter says he wants FIFA to reconsider his case

Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter intends to ask the ethics committee of the global soccer body to reconsider his case and lift his six-year ban from the sport.

FIFA boss says Saudi-Iran rift should keep out of football

FIFA boss says Saudi-Iran rift should keep out of football

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a two-year diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran should not be allowed to get in the way of football.