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Category: Gianni Infantino

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Fifa risks row with Europe’s elite by approving new 24-team Club World Cup

• New tournament set to take place every four years from 2021• European Club Association unhappy with lack of consultationFifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starti…

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North and South Korea joint Women’s World Cup bid would be ‘great’ – Fifa

Gianni Infantino says 2023 combined bid a possibilityAustralia among other countries already interestedA joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been talked up by Gianni Infantino, with the Fifa president saying such a…

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North and South Korea joint Women’s World Cup bid would be ‘great’ – Fifa

Gianni Infantino says 2023 combined bid a possibilityAustralia among other countries already interestedA joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been talked up by Gianni Infantino, with the Fifa president saying such a…

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Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the middle east, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football co…

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‘Football makes miracles’: Infantino still hopes Qatar will share 2022 World Cup

Fifa president persists with 48-team plan for 2022Expanded tournament would involve neighbouring countriesThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, is pressing ahead with the proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 teams to 48, which would mean match…

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Gianni Infantino urged Manchester City chairman to ‘be positive’ in FFP talks

• Email reportedly sent to Khaldoon al-Mubarak in negotiations• Infantino, now Fifa president, was then Uefa general secretaryGianni Infantino played a central role in negotiations that led to a settlement when Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain w…

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Fifa puts Club World Cup revamp on hold after European resistance

• Gianni Infantino wants annual expanded tournament in June• Task force to be appointed to examine potential implicationsThe plans of Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, to launch a lucrative new Club World Cup and Nations League have been delayed by i…

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Saudi scheme shows Fifa remains the world’s most expensive laundry service | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino’s nonsensical insistence that Fifa is non-political continues the work of his predecessor, Sepp BlatterIf only Fifa had a vice president in charge of delivering that classic line of movie cliche: “You don’t know who you’re dealing with…

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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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Fifa’s ‘hardline approach’ at World Cup will be to take the money and run | Marina Hyde

Ruling body still seems to care more about ambush marketing and trademarks infringement than racism and homophobiaIt is almost two years since Fifa wound up its anti-racism task force, declaring it had “completely” fulfilled its mission and was therefo…

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Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli: ‘My project to reshape European football’

European Club Association chairman hits out at Gianni Infantino’s Club World Cup plan and wants a guarantee of more Champions League games for the elite teams and fewer domestic matchesEuropean football’s gilded elite assembling for Saturday’s Champion…

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Uefa members rail against Gianni Infantino’s plan for new Club World Cup

• Proposal for revamped calendar meets ‘serious reservations’• ‘Global Nations League’ also mooted in $25bn schemeA proposal by the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, to expand the Club World Cup dramatically and to start a league for national teams, fo…

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Fifa’s fantastical diversions: stop fretting about Russia, start meddling with Qatar | Marina Hyde

Global political turmoil might be set to wreck Russia’s World Cup but, fear not, Gianni Infantino won’t take his eye off the ball and has some interesting other ideas for us allTwo months out from a World Cup hosted by an aspirant rogue state, what is …

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VAR likely to be used at World Cup but not in 2018-19 Champions League

• Fifa’s Infantino says system almost certain to be deployed in Russia• Uefa leader holds different view and believes VAR needs more timeUefa has confirmed that video assistant referees will not be used in next season’s Champions League, on the same da…

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The alternative 2017 sports awards: the year’s best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns

Behind the scores and stats, 2017 was another big year of sporting soap opera. The rows, the tweets and the storms that made the past 12 months specialJosé Mourinho: keeping press conferences interesting since 2004. His 2017 highlights: Continue readi…

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‘Our sin? We appeared to take our task at Fifa too seriously’

Miguel Poiares Maduro, Navi Pillay and Joseph Weiler were enlisted to help clean up football’s governing body after years of scandal but say their path was blockedIt was a cause for great optimism after years of scandal and corruption at Fifa, when in …

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Doctor sacked by Fifa was investigating alleged Russian football doping

• Professor Jiri Dvorak says he was given no explanation after 22 years’ work• Other senior Fifa officials were ousted while examining Russia-related mattersThe former chief medical officer at Fifa was investigating the alleged Russian state doping of …

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Doctor sacked by Fifa was investigating alleged Russian football doping

• Professor Jiri Dvorak says he was given no explanation after 22 years’ work• Other senior Fifa officials were ousted while examining Russia-related mattersThe former chief medical officer at Fifa was investigating the alleged Russian state doping of …

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Trabzonspor challenge puts Gianni Infantino’s stint at Uefa under scrutiny

• Fifa president accused of permitting lax approach towards match-fixing• Turkish Football Federation’s ruling on Fenerbahce for 2010-11 disputedThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has been accused of permitting a lax approach towards match-fixing wh…

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Fifa’s ethics investigator does not have skills for job, says damning report

• Council of Europe questions María Claudia Rojas’s experience for role• Fifa’s governance under Gianni Infantino criticised by Anne BrasseurThe suitability of Fifa’s ethics investigator to do the job has been seriously called into question in a severe…