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Category: Football politics

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Fifa’s dirty laundry does not cause such a stench in murky times of today | Marina Hyde

In a world of pee tapes, poisonings and cybersecurity attacks, news such as Michel Platini’s detention does not feel quite the full-spectrum scandal it once would have beenI’m so glad that sporticidal Fifa president Gianni Infantino got to enjoy his se…

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Women’s World Cup hit by empty seats and Fifa’s warped priorities

Great on-field achievements at France 2019 are undermined by the governing body’s apparent undervaluing of the eventFrom fans finding pre-tournament that they would be seated separately from friends and family, to exaggerated ticket sales and overzealo…

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Afghanistan’s football president banned for life for sexual abuse

• Keramuudin Karim fined a million Swiss dollars• Fifa says he abused his position of powerThe suspended Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has been banned for life from all football-related activity and fined a million Swiss …

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Coventry City announce groundshare at Birmingham City for next season

• League One side fail to reach agreement to stay at Ricoh Arena• EFL ‘reluctantly agree’ club can play home games at St Andrew’sCoventry City have announced they will play their home games at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s ground next season, after fai…

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African football president under questioning over corruption allegations

• Ahmad Ahmad being questioned by French authorities• Official escorted from Paris hotel on Thursday morningFifa has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football president, Ahmad Ahmad, is being questioned by French authorities investigating co…

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Fifa aware of Afghanistan sexual abuse allegations two years ago, according to emails

• Fifa has said it was told of the claims in early 2018• Questions raised over Asian Football Confederation account tooFifa and Asian football’s governing body were made aware of sexual abuse allegations against senior Afghanistan football officials an…

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Lennart Johansson obituary

Former Uefa president who pioneered the Champions LeagueLennart Johansson, who has died aged 89, was president of Uefa, the European football association, for 17 years, from 1990 to 2007, during which time he oversaw its growth from an organisation wit…

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Gianni Infantino trumpets ‘new’ Fifa’s vast wealth at unopposed re-election | David Conn

Congress hears recitations of body’s eye-watering revenue and how ‘we have turned things round’ since corruption scandalsThe last time football’s world governing body held a one-candidate election for president was eight years ago when the winner, Sepp…

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England and Germany ‘will block European Super League’

• German Football League president says new solution needed• ‘If you make a pyramid like the ECA, we would destroy the clubs’Combined opposition from the Premier League and Bundesliga will block the plans developed by the European Club Association for …

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Michel Platini rages from the sidelines as Infantino stands to keep Fifa crown

The banned former Uefa president claims there was a plot to stop him taking top job at Fifa but says he has no regretsAt the annual Fifa congress gathering in Paris, Gianni Infantino is set to be elected unchallenged on Wednesday for a second term as p…

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Coventry City announce groundshare agreement is in place for next season

• Club says agreement is backup plan if Ricoh Arena deal fails• Birmingham’s St Andrew’s ground is one reported possibilityCoventry City have announced that they have reached a groundshare agreement for next season, in case they fail to agree a deal to…

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Bolton will start next season in League One with 12-point deduction

• Points deduction enforced after Bolton appoint administrators• EFL confirms sanction with club owing more than £1m to HMRCBolton Wanderers will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction after going into administration, the EFL has ann…

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Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘We’ll change the Champions League for the better’

Spanish club’s president wants more matches against Liverpool and Manchester United, three La Liga games a year in other countries and new rules on signing under-16sAccording to Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first thing visiting directors ask him when they…

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Promotion and relegation part of explosive Champions League plans

• Juventus’s Agnelli unveils proposed changes from 2024• European Club Association want ‘pyramidal’ structureThe European Club Association has set out potentially explosive plans to revamp the Champions League to include more matches and some form of p…

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Crystal Palace urged to condemn Democratic Football Lads Alliance

Letter signed by MPs warns rightwing group is spreading its message in local areaCrystal Palace football club has been called on to denounce the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), amid concerns that the group is trying to organise among supporte…

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FA’s Greg Clarke asks Uefa to hand referees power to take action on racism

• Uefa’s three-step protocol ‘needs to evolve’ says Clarke• Uefa president says referees will be urged to be ‘brave’The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has called for Uefa to make it easier for referees to halt or abandon matches when they …

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Gordon Taylor’s exit kicks open door for rise of a players’ union with bite | Barney Ronay

PFA has for too long masqueraded as a union because it is funded to the tune of £23m a year by its members’ paymastersFarewell then, Gordon Taylor. Although not quite yet. And only, in the best union traditions, after due process has been completed.The…

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Karren Brady defends West Ham’s stance on Democratic Football Lads Alliance

• Vice-chair highlights club’s record fighting discrimination• She says singling out DFLA gives them ‘oxygen and publicity’Karren Brady has defended West Ham’s work combating racism in the face of calls for the club to issue an unequivocal condemnation…

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Gordon Taylor expected to announce departure as PFA chief executive

• Taylor, 74, to tell AGM he will step aside after 38 years• He has faced scrutiny from PFA chairman Ben PurkissGordon Taylor is expected to inform a Professional Footballers’ Association AGM on Wednesday afternoon that he plans to step down as chief e…