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Megan Rapinoe calls out racism and homophobia in Fifa acceptance speech

USA star named world’s best female player in Fifa ceremonySays footballers must use platforms to effect change in societyMegan Rapinoe used her platform as the newly crowned player of the year at Fifa’s The Best awards to speak out against racism and h…

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Lionel Messi’s enduring luminous talent marks him out as The Best

It is easy to become a little inured but his achievements are astonishing – 54 goals, the European golden boot and Champions League top-scorerWas it ever really in doubt? Lionel Messi is The Best: it’s official. On a night of pomp, power?play and delic…

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Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe named Fifa footballers of the year

• Jürgen Klopp won The Best men’s coach award• Jill Ellis takes the women’s coach of the year awardBarcelona’s Lionel Messi and the USA World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe have been crowned players of the year at Fifa’s The Best awards, held at the stunning…

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Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa win Fifa fair play award for Aston Villa game

Bielsa ordered team to let Villa equalise in crucial matchLeeds’ controversial opener sparked melee at Elland RoadLeeds United and their manager, Marcelo Bielsa, have won the 2019 Fifa Fair Play Award at the governing body’s annual award ceremony in Mi…

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The stars come out for the 2019 Fifa football awards in Milan – in pictures

Kylian Mbappé, Megan Rapinoe, Jürgen Klopp, Virgil Van Dijk, Lionel Messi and many more put on their best for the awards ceremony in Milan Continue reading…

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The Fiver | The possibility of a petulant diva strop is always on the cards

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Labelled “the hissing hooligans” by the Italian media, it could be argued the loggionisti are the ultras of the opera world. From their places in the cheap seats high in the gods of Milan’s La Scala, t…

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Jill Ellis can be proud of legacy as she steps down as USA manager

As well as winning two World Cups, Ellis leaves the women’s game in a stronger place tactically, technically and financiallyThe manager of the US women’s national team, two time World Cup winner Jill Ellis, has talked about her legacy. Having announced…

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Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans | Marina Hyde

Toothless urgings followed the death of Sahar Khodayari, who – faced with prison for trying to watch football – set herself on fireThe grim tragedy of Sahar Khodayari once again forces Fifa to pick the most expedient version of itself. Is it an organis…

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Michel Platini, four years on from his downfall, still stalks the stage | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman wanted to be his own man and to parade as some kind of sporting conscience but in the end he found himself beaten thin and ultimately lost within the machineAs the sun-bleached August prelims fade away and the season proper kicks into gea…

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Fifa Puskás Award 2019: breakdown of the 10-strong shortlist

Fifa has released a 10-goal shortlist, featuring Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, Lionel Messi and Andros TownsendThe Puskás Award, named after the Hungary legend, is given to the best goal scored in the last 12 months. Notable winners include Cr…

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Manchester City fined by Fifa over recruitment of players under 18

• City fined more than £310,000 but avoid transfer window ban • ‘The club accepts responsibility for the breaches’Manchester City have avoided a transfer embargo from Fifa, instead being fined 370,000 Swiss francs (approx £314,000) for a breach of regu…

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Maryam Shojaei helps Iran’s female football fans carry fight for admission | Suzanne Wrack

Gianni Infantino’s efforts have not had much impact and, with World Cup qualifiers soon, the wait to attend games continues“They think that, if they give up on this, it’s a noose for them,” says Maryam Shojaei. “People will ask for more. If they give i…

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Women’s football needs more than extra World Cup spots to flourish | Samantha Lewis

The reasons behind Fifa’s move to increase the number of teams from 24 to 32 are noble but unrealistic According to Gianni Infantino, the reasoning behind Fifa’s decision to expand number of teams at the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 is twofold: to f…

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Fifa’s VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women’s game shone | Hope Solo

The greatest US team I have seen held off opponents who are rapidly closing the gap. Meanwhile, the game’s governing body hit a lowI had to wipe away a few tears as the final whistle blew on Sunday. It was emotional watching friends and former teammate…

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa: ‘A terrible idea to put everything on the same day’ – video

Megan Rapinoe has taken a swipe at Fifa the day before her USA side play in the women’s World Cup final. ‘It is terrible scheduling for everyone.’ the co-captain said. She added: ‘Obviously there are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup …

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa over World Cup schedule clash and prize money

• ‘Unbelievable’ Copa América and Gold Cup conclude on Sunday• USA star criticises women’s prize pot of $30m vs men’s $400mMegan Rapinoe has launched a scathing attack on Fifa, accusing the game’s governing body of “disrespecting” the women’s game by s…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino wants 32-team Women’s World Cup finals for 2023

• President calls for increase from 24 in current tournament• Infantino also proposes doubling prize money to £48mThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to expand the Women’s World Cup finals to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in…

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Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings over Cameroon’s behaviour in World Cup loss

• Fifa will look into ‘alleged breaches’ of disciplinary code• Incidents occurred during 3-0 defeat to England in last 16Fifa has formally opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon over their players’ behaviour in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup defe…

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Fifa investigating Cameroon behaviour in World Cup defeat against England

• Fifa could retrospectively sanction Cameroon players• Referee Qin Liang’s performance given all clearFifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss to England i…

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Africa Cup of Nations needs action on field to provide good news | Nick Ames

The best players have made it to Egypt and some new names should make the tournament tight and competitiveThe blue and orange seats of Cairo International Stadium make an attractive spectacle and the playing surface, at least when set against the feroc…