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Gary Neville condemns ‘ridiculous’ FA plans to sell Wembley to Fulham owner

• ‘Don’t sell Wembley when you can place a levy on agents’ fees’• Sports minister has backed scheme to sell stadium for £600mGary Neville has criticised as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s plan to sell Wembley stadium for the funding of grassroo…

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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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FA deserves a pat on the back for England’s progress under Southgate | David Conn

Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in RussiaOne of the early dates in the diary for the Football Association’s management team after their unexpectedly heartening World Cup …

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Diego, Neymar and Germany’s bus: World Cup 2018 diary, week three

The best and worst of week three – also featuring: viral clips, VAR abuse, and the reason economies crashDiego Maradona – Fifa’s £10,000-a-day goodwill ambassador, keeping his profile high. His message last week after his “white wine” health scare: “My…

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Ronaldo, Rostov and @Lord_Sugar: World Cup 2018 diary, week two

The best and worst of week two – also featuring: viral clips, Puyol’s hair and America’s Funniest Home VideosCristiano Ronaldo – setting a European goals record; eyeing a new pay deal to offset his €18.8m tax fraud fine; having Madeira Airport “quietly…

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EFL expects safe standing to be permitted by 2019-20 season

• Shaun Harvey says one-size fits all approach is outdated• ‘All clubs should have the ability to offer fans the choice’The EFL expect fans to be once again allowed to stand at matches in all four divisions of English football by this time next year.Wi…

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‘Homophobic and not very clever’: why puto chants haunt Mexican football

El Tri’s victory over Germany on Sunday was marred by alleged homophobic chanting. It’s a common trend across stadiums in the AmericasYou can say this for Mexican soccer fans: they’ve managed to turn one of football’s least dramatic moments into one of…

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FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup

• Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would host with England• Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will submit rival joint bidThe Football Association has held secret talks with the other home nations about the possibility of a joint bid for the 2030 Worl…

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FA ponders 2030 World Cup bid after declaring confidence in voting process

• Uefa president praises England for mending ‘arrogant’ image• FA to assess pros and cons of bidding during the next yearThe chances of England hosting the 2030 World Cup have been vastly improved by transparency around voting for Fifa tournaments and …

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Fifa’s World Cup: a quadrennial guilty pleasure that is difficult to deny | Aubrey Bloomfield

Amid the pageantry and sense of spectacle it is becoming increasingly hard to stomachThe World Cup happens every four years. And each time many fans who pay close attention to the intersection of sports and politics could be forgiven for experiencing f…

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Money talks for Fifa as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan | David Conn

North American bid was the rational choice to host the 2026 World Cup but it is difficult to see less privileged countries ever getting the opportunity nowSafe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Fifa decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hoste…

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US, Canada and Mexico beat Morocco in vote to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint bid chosen by Fifa congress in Russia on eve of 2018 event• United 2026 received 134 votes compared to Morocco’s 65The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after they beat Morocco by a margin of 69 votes to host t…

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World Cup 2026 vote: Fifa nations choose between North America and Morocco – live!

Fifa nations to pick either USA-Mexico-Canada and MoroccoWorld Cup live: Spain uncertainty as Lopetegui takes Madrid job!Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 9.32am BST The Fifa congress has just broken for a half hour, which is the perfect chance…

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World Cup 2026 vote: Fifa nations choose between North America and Morocco – live!

Fifa nations to pick either USA-Mexico-Canada and MoroccoWorld Cup live: Spain uncertainty as Lopetegui takes Madrid job!Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 9.32am BST The Fifa congress has just broken for a half hour, which is the perfect chance…

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Morocco receive late boost in their bid to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint USA, Mexico, Canada bid promises higher profit• Belief Donald Trump could alienate some nationsThe race to host the 2026 World Cup finals was too close to call, according to Fifa insiders, as Morocco received a late boost to their hopes with th…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino hits rocky ground on 2018 World Cup eve | David Conn

Infantino is threatened by resistance within his own ranks and political volatility worldwide – not least in the ramifications of a vote to host the 2026 tournamentThe World Cup in Russia has sailed into view with a new Fifa captain at the helm, two an…

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Russia basks in a World Cup even MI6 could not deny Vladimir Putin | David Conn

Hosts are hoping to clean up their image eight years after trouncing England in a controversial Fifa voteAs the World Cup finally dawns in the east, many of the Football Association chiefs packing their wheelie suitcases for Russia will have been refle…

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Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

Documentary shows officials allegedly taking kickbacksGhana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi implicated by filmGhana has decided to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body’s president, were shown in a documentar…

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Richard Scudamore: the ‘devil you know’ quits while he’s still ahead | David Conn

Though he helped Premier League clubs generate billions, the EFL may have cause to rue the executive chairman’s departureAfter two decades carving out total dominance for the Premier League, Richard Scudamore was able to announce his surprise resignati…