Gianni Infantino - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Gianni Infantino 2 more members leave FIFA governance panel GENEVA (AP) — In a further blow to FIFA's image under President Gianni Infantino, two more respected members of its governance oversight panel have left following the removal of their chairman last week. Navi Pillay, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and corporate human rights expert Ron Popper, have resigned, FIFA said on Wedn... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:45:00Z Ousted FIFA ethics prosecutor: 'Several 100 cases' ongoing MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Hundreds of prosecutions of suspected wrongdoing by soccer officials will be affected by President Gianni Infantino firing FIFA's top judge and prosecutor. The ousted investigator, Cornel Borbely, said Wednesday that the workload — heavier than even most FIFA critics imagined — of the ethics committee will be impeded by the firing that Infantino sprung... Wed, 10 May 2017 18:22:00 GMT 2017-05-10T18:22:00Z Infantino slams racist 'idiots,' to speak to victim Muntari MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has decried the "idiots" who directed monkey chants at Sulley Muntari and offered to speak to the Ghanaian soccer player who was initially banned for protesting against racism. Muntari said he was treated like a "criminal" after being shown two yellow cards when he walked off the field during a Serie ... Tue, 09 May 2017 10:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T10:29:00Z FIFA boosts China's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — China's hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup got a boost from FIFA. The governing body of soccer proposes giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again. In a legal text published Wednesday ahead of next week's FIFA Congress in Bahrain, the go... Wed, 03 May 2017 12:28:00 GMT 2017-05-03T12:28:00Z FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims GENEVA (AP) — Under pressure from allegations in an American federal court that he bribed FIFA voters, Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait resigned from his soccer roles on Sunday. Sheikh Ahmad's move ended his candidacy to retain a seat on FIFA's ruling council before eight days of voting by Asian soccer officials in Bahrain. "I... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT 2017-04-30T16:46:00Z FIFA audit official admits bribery in US federal probe MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) — The sprawling American investigation of bribery and corruption in international soccer has reached into Asia and claimed the first guilty plea from a senior official in the new FIFA leadership. A member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, Richard Lai of Guam, was provisionally suspended Friday by the football organization... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:39:00Z FIFA confirms video replays for 2018 World Cup in Russia SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — FIFA has confirmed that video replays will be used at the World Cup for the first time in 2018. FIFA President Gianni Infantino had already stated that he wanted the technology to be used in Russia, and now he has ended any doubt. Speaking in Santiago, Infantino said "at the 2018 World Cup we will have video refer... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-04-26T21:42:00Z Former FIFA head Blatter quizzed by US, Swiss investigators ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter has met with U.S. Department of Justice investigators and insists he is not a suspect in their bribery and corruption case linked to FIFA. "I was never a person of interest or under scrutiny by the American justice. Never," the former FIFA president said on Friday. Blatter's most recent contact "with lawyers f... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:17:00Z The Latest: Soccer leader 'deeply disturbed' by bus blasts DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the explosions near the bus carrying German soccer team Borussia Dortmund (all times local): 12:00 a.m. The head of European soccer's governing body is expressing shock over the explosive devices that damaged a team bus and left a player injured. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-04-11T22:12:00Z Joining bid with Mexico could help US gain FIFA support NEW YORK (AP) — A final on or around the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Modern stadiums across the United States and perhaps in Mexico and Canada, too. A North American World Cup in 2026 with 48 nations would be far larger and played in almost all different venues than the 24-team event the U.S. hosted in 1994. So... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:16:00Z FIFA losses hit $369M in 2016; targeting $1B profit for 2018 ZURICH (AP) — FIFA finances showed a loss of $369 million last year as American and Swiss corruption investigations added legal costs to the soccer body's budget and scared off sponsors. An even bigger loss is expected next year, FIFA said Friday after publishing its 2016 accounts, which reflect a new way of reporting income. FIFA expec... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T14:51:00Z FIFA turns to China again for sponsorship, with Hisense deal ZURICH (AP) — Racing to find sponsors for the 2018 World Cup following corruption scandals, FIFA has again found help in China — this time with consumer electronics firm Hisense. The 16-month deal announced Thursday by Hisense's British division is unusually short for FIFA, which typically looks for contracts of at least two World Cups. ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:08:00 GMT 2017-04-06T10:08:00Z UEFA President Ceferin criticizes Europe's top leagues HELSINKI (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin accused Europe's top leagues of attempting to "blackmail" the governing body on Wednesday. The European Professional Football Leagues, which represents leagues from 25 countries, has threatened to schedule domestic league games on the same evening as UEFA's Champions League or Europa League. ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-04-05T13:59:00Z FIFA proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 World Cup ZURICH (AP) — FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup. The final two qualifying slots would be decided in the proposed mini-tournament played in the November before the World Cup as a test event, a move that puts the Confederations Cup's long-term future at risk. ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:25:00 GMT 2017-03-31T00:25:00Z FIFA VP wants guaranteed World Cup entry for all co-hosts GENEVA (AP) — With the United States, Canada and Mexico widely expected to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup, the region's FIFA vice president believes all three should automatically enter the tournament if chosen as co-hosts. Victor Montagliani told The Associated Press in an interview at FIFA that it should be a decision for continental soccer bodies, ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-03-24T18:06:00Z Hayatou's reign ends as African soccer head and FIFA VP ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation on Thursday after 29 years in charge, ending his tenure as FIFA senior vice president. Hayatou's 34-20 loss to Ahmad in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's member countries delivered a seismic shakeup for soccer on the continent, which Hayatou had led since ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:33:00 GMT 2017-03-16T18:33:00Z CAF case against Hayatou critic highlights spiteful election ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Highlighting what's become a spiteful election campaign, the Confederation of African Football will proceed with a disciplinary case against a fierce critic of veteran leader Issa Hayatou, who is seeking to extend his 29-year reign over soccer on the continent on Thursday. The target of CAF's investigation is running the campa... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-03-15T19:23:00Z FIFA to review pay, pension deals for council members GENEVA (AP) — FIFA is reviewing payment and pension deals for FIFA Council members, who could see their $300,000 annual stipends cut. "These matters will be dealt with in meetings at the end of this month," FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday. The payment review follows FIFA cost-cutting in the first year of President Gianni Infantino's... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-03-14T17:51:00Z Era of FIFA veteran Hayatou under threat at African election ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Issa Hayatou's reign could end this week after nearly 30 years as the head of the African soccer confederation and a top FIFA executive. Hayatou, FIFA's most senior vice president due to his long service, faces what is predicted to be a tough election challenge — an unfamiliar situation for him — at the Confederation of African Football's general... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:23:00 GMT 2017-03-14T14:23:00Z FIFA reminds US about World Cup obligations amid travel ban LONDON (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino reminded the Americans on Thursday that they would have to guarantee full access to the country for players, officials and supporters if they bid for the 2026 World Cup. U.S. President Donald Trump's latest executive order bars new visas for people from six countries and temporarily shuts down America's refuge... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:30:00Z Britain's soccer associations to fund dementia research LONDON (AP) — A large study is being funded by Britain's soccer associations to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia. The announcement was made on Friday by the associations after they used a meeting of soccer's lawmaking body to back the introduction of electronic devices on the sidelines to enhance player welfare, including assessing poten... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:19:00 GMT 2017-03-03T22:19:00Z Diego Maradona to get ambassador role with FIFA ZURICH (AP) — Diego Maradona is getting an ambassador's role with FIFA. It wants to ensure the Argentina great "has a major role in FIFA's activities to promote the game across the globe," including with its Legends team. The 56-year-old Maradona will be involved in "relevant development projects," FIFA said on Friday. Maradona announce... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:14:00 GMT 2017-02-10T12:14:00Z FIFA closes match-fixing detection division, outsources work ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is closing its match-fixing detection division, deciding to outsource the work of discovering betting irregularities in world soccer. The investigations that FIFA's Early Warning System had been carrying out for a decade will now be run by data services company Sportradar. FIFA said Friday that Sportradar's Fraud Dete... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:01:00 GMT 2017-02-03T10:01:00Z Iran official opts out of Asian election for FIFA position KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Iranian soccer official Ali Kafashian has dropped out of an election to join the FIFA Council, and officials from South Korea and Philippines have entered. The Asian Football Confederation said Thursday that four men are competing for three seats on the ruling council at a rescheduled election on May 8 in Bahrain. The contenders are Zhang Jian o... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:08:00 GMT 2017-02-02T13:08:00Z FIFA appoints CONMEBOL president to chair finance panel GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has appointed the president of the corruption-ravaged South American governing body to chair its finance committee. Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay will lead the new eight-member panel, which includes two independent officials from outside soccer, FIFA said on Friday. The CONMEBOL president replaces another FIFA vice ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-01-20T19:24:00Z FIFA's Marco van Basten proposes changes to enhance soccer Restricting players to 60 games a year. Replacing penalty shootouts with eight-second run-ups. Introducing orange cards to send players off for 10 minutes. Scrapping offside. Former AC Milan and Netherlands forward Marco van Basten is using his role as technical director at FIFA to propose a series of changes to soccer to stir a debate. ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-01-18T17:51:00Z African soccer president Hayatou to face 1 election rival LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Long-time African soccer chief Issa Hayatou will face one challenger in the presidential election in March. Ahmad Ahmad, the head of the Madagascar federation, will seek to end Hayatou's 29-year rule of the Confederation of African Football. The 70-year-old Hayatou has reneged on a pledge made before he was re-e... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:58:00 GMT 2017-01-13T17:58:00Z FIFA risks quality of World Cup to bring more teams to party LONDON (AP) — During a 17-year FIFA presidency packed with madcap ideas and policy on the hoof, not even Sepp Blatter ultimately tinkered with the World Cup format. Blatter inherited a 32-team World Cup when he entered power in 1998 and left — prematurely in disgrace — with that structure intact. Gianni Infantino, though, has barely put... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:03:00 GMT 2017-01-12T05:03:00Z Benefits and pitfalls of a 48-team World Cup ZURICH (AP) — As the soccer world digests FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup, a look at the some of the benefits and pitfalls of a 48-team tournament in 2026: PROS — With 16 more teams joining the World Cup party, feel-good stories should keep flowing in soccer. Just look at Costa Rica's run to the 2014 World Cu... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:06:00 GMT 2017-01-11T15:06:00Z FIFA set to approve bigger, richer World Cup on Tuesday FIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know exactly how... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:12:00 GMT 2017-01-08T12:12:00Z