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UEFA Open Disciplinary Investigation against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus
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UEFA Open Disciplinary Investigation against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus for their involvement with the European Super League project. The three clubs are the only teams of the original 12 Super League clubs who signed up for the breakaway competition not to have formally renounced the competition and renewed their commitments to UEFA. The trio could be expelled from the Champions League for two years as a consequence. UEFA released a statement on Wednesday which read: 'In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics, and Disciplinary Inspectors have today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA's legal framework by Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC in connection w...
Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France
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Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France

The Man City defender played for Les Bleus at youth level but has not won a single senior cap after being snubbed by Didier Deschamps Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte it set to play for Spain at the European Championship, sources have confirmed to Goal. The Spanish Football Federation has lodged paperwork with FIFA and is awaiting the final approval from the world governing body, and he could play at this summer's tournament alongside team-mate Eric Garcia. Laporte, 26, was born in the south-western French town of Agen but, despite playing for France at youth levels, has never appeared for the national team.
Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment
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Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment

  Three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the original 12 breakaway European Super Leagues teams, have penned a joint communique after UEFA confirmed its plan to prepare disciplinary action against them. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, in a joint communique issued via their websites simultaneously on Saturday morning, complained about external ‘pressure’ and ‘threats’. UEFA had said on Friday that the nine clubs who withdraw from the plan had signed a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’ as well as a series of “reintegration” steps. The six Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – along with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, all signed the agreement. The issued by the three club reads...
Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order
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Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order

The World and European soccer bodies, FIFA and UEFA, must not prevent 12 of the continent’s leading clubs from creating a breakaway Super League, a Spanish commercial court said on Tuesday in a preliminary ruling. FIFA and UEFA made no immediate comment about the case, which is likely to mark the start of a prolonged legal fight over the proposed league, which threatens to upend the long-established order of elite soccer in Europe. It was not immediately clear what authority the Madrid court, which adjudicates corporate disputes, had over the Swiss-based soccer bodies. The court said in a ruling seen by Reuters that FIFA, UEFA and all its associated soccer federations must not adopt “any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way” the creation of the Su...
Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria
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Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria

  Bournemouth winger, Arnaut Danjuma, has admitted he is considering his international future with the Netherlands and could switch to Nigeria. Danjuma was born in Lagos to a Dutch father and Nigerian mother. However, the 24-year-old has represented the Dutch U-21 side and featured twice for the senior team. He is, however, still eligible to represent the Super Eagles, according to new FIFA rules. Danjuma has now said he could take up the option if the Dutch senior team continues to snub him. “I’ve heard some bits about Nigeria but I can’t say too much about it though. My mum is Nigerian and my father lived 23 years in Nigeria as well. “The culture is still within the family, so it does not disregard the Nigerian side. It’s a choice I will think about but I ne...
FIFA president, Infantino Condemns ESL, Sends Warning To Founding Clubs
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FIFA president, Infantino Condemns ESL, Sends Warning To Founding Clubs

FIFA president Gianni Infantino condemned the European Super League and warned the clubs involved of the consequences. Twelve clubs – including the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ – were part of the controversial plans to create a new competition. The Super League plans were condemned across the football community with the Premier League, FA and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticising the clubs. A suggestion from UEFA that participating players would not be allowed to take part in major international tournaments was shot down by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. However, FIFA have taken a similar hard line approach judging by Infantino’s comments. He is the latest to add his voice to the dissenting choir and told the UEFA Congress on Tuesday morning: “We...
European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court
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European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court

The 12 European clubs that have decided to form a Super League, have informed FIFA and UEFA that they are already pursuing legal action, to bar them from taking action intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway competition. This was contained in a letter obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. The letter was sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA had warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, that they would be barred from domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England, as well as international competitions. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any...
Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking
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Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking

Nigeria is now the 32nd best men’s football team in the world. This is according to the latest FIFA rankings published on Wednesday. The three-time African champions have climbed four places having garnered 1487 points. The Super Eagles are the third-best on the continent only behind Algeria and Morocco. This follows a month in which they beat Benin Republic 1-0 and demolished Lesotho 3-0 in their final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Despite dropping two places, Senegal is ranked first in Africa and 22nd in the world with 1542 points. Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles remained 26th globally and second in Africa after accruing 1512 points. Guinea Bissau is the biggest mover in April – moving a massive eleven places to the 108th position in the world.
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players
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Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has hit out at UEFA and FIFA, accusing them of “killing” players with a hectic schedule. Guardiola’s men are still on track for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. However, the Spaniard has the luxury of rotating players for matches in all of those competitions, as he left Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones on the bench for the 2-0 weekend victory at Leicester City. But Guardiola says he has no option but to rotate his players. “UEFA and FIFA kill the players and it is too much,” he said after the win at the King Power. “We haven’t had one midweek off since we started. They are human beings, not machines. “Some of them want to play every day,...
Mino Raiola Tells FIFA & EA Sports They ‘Abuse Player Rights’ In Most Extraordinary Rant Yet
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Mino Raiola Tells FIFA & EA Sports They ‘Abuse Player Rights’ In Most Extraordinary Rant Yet

Football agent Mino Raiola has continued his feud with FIFA and EA Sports - by claiming the governing body and game publisher abuse their rights. Last year saw the Dutchman start a war of words with FIFA over agent fees being capped and turned his fury towards the game as well. He has threatened to 'delete' the popular franchise and is furious with how they profit off players. Raiola told talkSPORT: "I think we can, they think we don't, but I think we can! Because there is a difference in the collective rights they said they bought. "They buy collective rights from clubs that say they have it, but they use it on an individual basis and in most countries this is forbidden. "We think that they are abusing rights of players, that they are not being bought from clubs and the c...
No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest
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No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest

World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday said it will not sanction the German national team for its T-shirt protest in support of human rights before a World Cup qualifier. Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he supported the players after they wore black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out “Human Rights”, aimed at 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, before Thursday’s 3-0 win over Iceland. “It was a sign that we stand up for all human rights in the world, no matter where,” said Loew after the qualifier in Duisburg. FIFA prohibits political statements during its matches, but the governing body told AFP subsidiary SID they will not sanction the Germans. “FIFA believes in freedom of expression and in the power of football to drive positive change,” it said in a sta...
I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic
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I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic

  Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, has admitted he wants to play in this summer’s Olympics with the USA, but says he “can’t control” whether his club would give him permission The Olympics are classified by FIFA as an under-23 tournament, with three overage players per team allowed. As such, clubs are not obliged to release players. The timing of the competition means Pulisic would miss part of preseason, a time in which he would be keen to impress club boss Thomas Tuchel. “It’s something I’ve thought about, and have wanted to play in,” Pulisic said on a Zoom call with reporters about playing in the Olympics. “Obviously, I can’t control what goes on. What’s best for me at the time and what’s best for the team at the time, I obviously can’t say. But it is someth...
FIFA Imposes Fines On Blatter, Valcke; Extends Bans By 6 Years, 8 Months
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FIFA Imposes Fines On Blatter, Valcke; Extends Bans By 6 Years, 8 Months

Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has been handed a new ban of six years and eight months from football, said world football's governing body. Ex-FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke has received a similar punishment, with both also being fined £780,000. FIFA said the bans were for "various violations" of its code of ethics. The new bans start when the current suspensions of Blatter and Valcke end in October 2021 and October 2025 respectively. The former FIFA President, alongside then UEFA President (a 3-time Balon d'or winner) Michel Platini and then FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, were provisionally suspended for 90 days in October 2015 for ethics violations. Platini is already serving an 8-year ban from "all football-related activities" since 2015. Adjudica...
Arsenal, FIFA Head to Court Over Transfer Fines
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Arsenal, FIFA Head to Court Over Transfer Fines

  Arsenal and FIFA are heading for a legal battle at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the Premier League side were fined for clauses inserted in players’ contracts when they were sold. The world football governing body imposed a £33,000 fine, but the Gunners have chosen to appeal and the case will be heard on Tuesday, March 16, according to the UK Sun. FIFA has deemed sell-on clauses in contracts as equal to third party ownership. Arsenal sold Chuba Akpom to PAOK and Joel Campbell to Frosinone in 2018, with sell-on clauses in both their new contracts. They would receive 30% of any future Akpom transfer from PAOK, unless it was to a British club when it would rise to 40%. The same clause was in Campbell’s contract, but it was 20% rising to 30%. Wh...
Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal
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Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he could stop Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes from playing for his national team (Portugal) in World Cup qualifiers later this month. Fernandes would be forced to quarantine for ten days should he make the trip to Portugal due to UK government coronavirus restrictions. And that means that the midfielder would miss two key matches for Manchester United. Addressing the press after United’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in London on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “We’ve not sat down and made a proper call on that one but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation, of course it doesn’t. “We’re the ones paying the players and from what I understand FIFA has given the rules ...
FIFA Player Given Lifetime Ban By EA For Racially Abusing Ian Wright
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FIFA Player Given Lifetime Ban By EA For Racially Abusing Ian Wright

  A FIFA player has been given a lifetime ban from the game by EA, after he racially abused Ian Wright on social media. In May 2020, 18-year-old Patrick O'Brien lost a game of Ultimate Team whilst using an Icon card of the Arsenal legend. The teenager turned to social media to show his ire at the real life Wright and sent him 20 messages on Instagram, racially abusing the 57-year-old. In a statement, EA have now confirmed that, following sentencing last week that saw O'Brien avoid a criminal conviction, the gamer has been given a lifetime ban. "Ian Wright is part of our EA Sports family," EA's David Jackson said, "We hugely value his partnership and support, and we also want him to know he has our support. "Last year, Ian was subject to a terrible, racist verbal atta...
FIFA Announces New World Rankings, Belgium Remains Top
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FIFA Announces New World Rankings, Belgium Remains Top

Belgium stay top of the FIFA rankings, marking 29 months leading the table. They are still ahead of France, Brazil, England and Portugal in the updated table released today. Source: https://twitter.com/FIFAcom/status/1362326084088430595?s=19 1 Like 1 Share  
FIFA Club World Cup: Full List of all Award Winners as Bayern Defeat Tigres
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FIFA Club World Cup: Full List of all Award Winners as Bayern Defeat Tigres

  The award winners from the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup have been announced. Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski took home the big prize. Recall that the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup tournament was concluded on Thursday evening after Bayern Munich defeated Tigres 1-0 in the final. Benjamin Pavard’s second-half goal ensured Bayern Munich defeated the Mexico giants in Qatar. The victory over Tigres means Bayern Munich became the first-ever team to win the Bundesliga, German Cup, German Super Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in the same year. However, Lewandowski, who provided the assist for Pavard, won the trophy for the tournament’s best player (Golden Ball award). The Polish international won the prize ahead of Tigres’ Andre-Pierre ...
Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr
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Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he won’t invite new players for their upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Speaking in an interview on the team’s official YouTube page, Rohr debunked reports that some new players had been granted permission to play for Nigeria by FIFA. He insisted he has good players in his squad and would not consider bringing in any new player at the moment. “You can read so many names in the newspaper, but that’s not the best way to select the players. The best way to select the players is to scout them very well, and also to speak to them if there is motivation to come. If they want to come, they have to write a letter to FIFA that they want to switch from England or Germany or Aust...
FIFA Rejects Petition to Investigate Amaju Pinnick over Corruption allegations ahead of FIFA council election
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FIFA Rejects Petition to Investigate Amaju Pinnick over Corruption allegations ahead of FIFA council election

World football governing body, FIFA, has rejected a request seeking an investigation of  Nigeria Footbal Federation boss, Amaju Pinnick ahead of the FIFA Council elections. Pinnick has been cleared by the Fifa Review Committee to contest for a seat in the Fifa Council at the 43rd Ordinary General Assembly of Caf, scheduled for March 12 in Morocco. Former President of National Association of Nigerian Footballers, Harrison Jalla, wrote a petition to Fifa, alleging Pinnick lacks integrity, is corrupt and should not contest for a position on the Fifa council. Fifa has now responded, explaining the body is not obliged to open an investigation into Pinnick as requested by Harrison Jalla, and if they will, it bould be at their discretion. “We acknowledge receipt of your correspond...
CAS Reinstates Ahmad Ahmad As CAF President
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CAS Reinstates Ahmad Ahmad As CAF President

The International body vested with the responsibility of settling disputes related to Sports through Arbitration, The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), has temporarily reinstated former CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad. The Malagasy who has been President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since March 17, 2017 was banned for five years by FIFA in November 2020 for financial misconduct. The FIFA ethics committee found “Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.” Ahmad, a former Government official in Madagascar, was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000). Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederat...
FIFA Clears NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council
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FIFA Clears NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has scaled the first hurdle in his bid to secure a seat on the highly-exalted FIFA council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021 as World football governing body FIFA has given him a clean bill of health. He was cleared by the FIFA Ethics Committee to contest following a lengthy and extensive scrutiny of his candidacy by the world football body. “FIFA has cleared @TheNFF President @PinnickAmaju to contest for a seat on the FIFA Council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021,” the NFF stated on its official Twitter handle Pinnick was initially touted to run for the Presidency of Confederation of African Football (CAF) due to his growing influence in continental and global footbal...
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
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FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles

FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles. Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list. Others on the list include: * Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC * Nathan Tella Southampton FC * Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC * Ovie Ejaria Reading FC * Noni Madueke PSV * Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City * Ike Ugbo Cercle Brugge.
FIFA Clears Eght Players that have Represented other Countries, to Play for Super Eagles
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FIFA Clears Eght Players that have Represented other Countries, to Play for Super Eagles

World football governing body, FIFA, has cleared eight new players with dual nationalities to play for the Super Eagles. The players who have played for junior teams in England and Germany are now eligible to represent the Super Eagles after indicating to FIFA with assistance from the NFF that they were ready to play for Nigeria if called upon. Top most on the list is Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman Others on the list include: - Jordan Torunarigha  who plays Hertha BSC in Germany. - Nathan Tella who plays for Southampton FC - Tosin Adarabioyo who plays for Fulham FC Others include Ovie Ejaria of Reading FC, Noni Madueke of PSV, Sheyi Ojo of Cardiff City, Ike Ugbo of Cercle Brugge.
FIFA 21 Team of the Year: Ronaldo & Lewandowski headline as Messi misses out
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FIFA 21 Team of the Year: Ronaldo & Lewandowski headline as Messi misses out

Ultimate Team players will see the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne and Alphonso Davies receive huge in-game upgrades to their cards EA Sports has officially announced the FIFA 21 Team of the Year – and for the first time ever, there’s no space for Lionel Messi. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Kevin De Bruyne are set for huge in-game upgrades on Ultimate Team after more than 10 million votes were cast in the process. Four members of Bayern Munich's treble winning side - Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich - made the XI, with Premier League champions Liverpool the only other club represented more than once. Editors' PicksZidane's second Real Madrid cycle coming to an end after Copa humiliation Are you watching, Chelsea?...
Pinnick, Others Dragged Before FIFA
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Pinnick, Others Dragged Before FIFA

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick’s bid to become a FIFA Council member and any other candidate vying for various positions in March’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections in Morocco will be subjected to FIFA’s ratification. Pinnick is looking to replace Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara at the 37-member FIFA Council which is the main decision-making body of the world football body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football. But CAF said in a release on Sunday that “At the request of the Interim President of CAF, Mr. Constant Omari, a virtual meeting of the CAF Emergency Committee was held on Saturday with the committee deciding that the Governance Committee of CAF together with the FIFA Review Committee must determine as soon as possible a...
CAF Bans Ahmad, Clears Two For Presidential Elections
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CAF Bans Ahmad, Clears Two For Presidential Elections

The Confederation of African Football has disqualified embattled president Ahmad Ahmad from seeking reelection in March’s elections following his five-year ban from all football activities by FIFA. Ahmad was declared ineligible to run again by CAF’s Governance Committee which carries out eligibility checks of candidates for the positions of President and Members of the Executive Committee in accordance with article 44 of CAF statutes. The Governance Committee led by Ivorian Michel Kizito Brizoua-Bi, however, approved the candidature of Senegal’s Mr. Augustine Emmanuel Senghor and Mr. Jacques Bernard Daniel Anouma of Côte d’Ivoire. Two other candidates for CAF president, South African Mr. Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe and Mr. Ahmed Yahaya of Mauritania were deemed to require further...
Raiola joins Ibrahimovic’s crusade over FIFA 21 player rights
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Raiola joins Ibrahimovic’s crusade over FIFA 21 player rights

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has backed his client's calls for legal action to be taken against the video game developer Mino Raiola has taken aim at EA Sports over player image rights in FIFA 21, insisting that too many stars are open to exploitation. AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic caused a stir on social media at the start of the week as he called out FIFA and EA Sports for failing to ask for his permission before including his name and likeness in the latest version of their annual football video game. Tottenham winger Gareth Bale offered his support to Ibrahimovic by starting the hashtag "#TimeToInvestigate", with FIFPro subsequently coming out to defend their policies in a lengthy statement.
“FIFA should retire No.10 for all teams in tribute to Maradona” – Former Chelsea coach, Andre Villas-Boas
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“FIFA should retire No.10 for all teams in tribute to Maradona” – Former Chelsea coach, Andre Villas-Boas

Former Chelsea coach and current  Marseille boss, Andre Villas-Boas has urged FIFA to retire the No.10 jersey famously won by the late Diego Maradona as he believes no player should ever wear the famous number again.   According to Andre Villas-Boas, the No.10 jersey should be retired from all teams in tribute to Diego Maradona after the Argentine icon’s death on Wednesday November 25 after suffering a heart attack.     Maradona will be remembered as one of the best to ever have played the game and the No.10 jersey became synonymous with the him.   Speaking about the late football legend after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Villas-Boas said; “It is very bad news, as well as the loss of a board membe...
Nominees For The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2020 Revealed
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Nominees For The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2020 Revealed

Shortlists for the player, goalkeeper and coach prizes announced Public voting via FIFA.com: votes can be cast until 9 December at 23:59 CET The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2020 takes place on 17 December. FIFA has revealed the candidates shortlisted for seven of the individual trophies that will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony on 17 December 2020. Two expert panels – one for women’s football and one for men’s football – have selected the candidates for each category. The nominees are listed below in alphabetical order: The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Lucy Bronze (England / Olympique Lyonnais / Manchester City WFC) Delphine Cascarino (France / Olympique Lyonnais) Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona) Pernille Harder (Denmark / VfL Wol...
NFF Gets Fifa’s $1m Palliative, $600, 000 Mini Stadia Fund
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NFF Gets Fifa’s $1m Palliative, $600, 000 Mini Stadia Fund

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that it finally received the $1 million palliatives promised it by the world football governing body, FIFA. The federation also said it has received $600, 000 from the football body for the construction of two mini stadia in the country. Announcing the receipt of the funds on his Twitter handle yesterday, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said the federation got the fund on Monday and has also reconfirmed what it is meant for from FIFA. He added, “As a further breakdown, the $1 million for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game. FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts. “FIFA also s...
NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star, Obafemi Martins At 36
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NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star, Obafemi Martins At 36

The Nigeria Football Federation and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martin at 36. Both football bodies took to their verified Twitter handles to celebrate Martins. The NFF wrote :”Happy birthday @Obafemimartins. Have a good one.” And according to FIFA:”@Obafemimartins is a man who knows how to celebrate in style. We hope the former @NGSuperEagles forward is backflipping about on his 36th birthday.” Martins made his Super Eagles debut in 2004 scored 18 goals in 42 appearances before retiring from international football in 2015. He featured at three Africa Cup of Nations with the Eagles in 2006, 2010 and 2010 winning bronze in all the editions he attended. He was a member of the Eag...
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for Coronavirus
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FIFA president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for Coronavirus

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, football's world governing body said in a statement on Tuesday, October 27.   Infantino, 50, reported mild symptoms and is in self-isolation and will quarantine for at least 10 days, FIFA added.   A statement read: "FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.   "All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.   "FIFA sincerely wishes President In...
Checkout Latest FIFA World Ranking As Nigeria’s Super Eagles Dropped
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Checkout Latest FIFA World Ranking As Nigeria’s Super Eagles Dropped

Reaction as Nigeria male national team, Super Eagles has dropped in the latest broadcasted FIFA World Ranking released today. The world football governing body, FIFA announced the latest rankings on it’s official website. Top 10 Countries In Latest FIFA Rankings 1.Belgium (Lukaku & Co) 2.France (Mbappe & Co) 3.Brazil (Neymar, among others) 4.England (Kane) 5.Portugal (Ronaldo) 6.Spain (Ramos) 7.Uruguay (Cavani) 8.Argentina (Messi) 9.Croatia (Modric) 10.Colombia (Rodriguez) The next FIFA Country World Ranking will be shared on 26th of November, 2020. With this latest Fifa World rankings what is your thought ?
Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria
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Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria

The 25-year-old has already teamed up with the Super Eagles for their upcoming friendlies, having been cleared by the world football governing body Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has confirmed Fifa’s approval of Kevin Akpoguma to switch allegiance to Nigeria. The defender was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father and has represented Germany at various youth levels. Akpoguma is, however, still eligible to feature for the Super Eagles since he is yet to play for the European country’s senior team. *The centre-back has been delivering consistent performances for Bundesligaside Hoffenheimsince joining the club in 2015. Last season, he made 18 league appearances for the Kraichgauer to help his side finish sixth in the campaign. Ahead of the...
Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji
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Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji

The Blues have been the busiest of all English top-flight sides in the summer transfer window Ex-Chelsea striker Victor Ezeji believes the Blues can win the Premier League this season following their plethora of signings in the transfer window. The London side were unable to spend during the last summer window due to a ban by Fifa, which found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding their dealings with overseas players under the age of 18. It was, however, lifted this January after winning an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Yobo: How NFF, Caf, Fifa and fans celebrated Super Eagles legend at 40
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Yobo: How NFF, Caf, Fifa and fans celebrated Super Eagles legend at 40

The ex-Nigeria captain has been sent wonderful messages by the governing bodies and his supporters as he reaches a new age The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Fifa and football fans have celebrated with Joseph Yobo on his 40th birthday. Yobo was born in River State on September 6, 1980, and started his career in his home country with the Michellin-Harcourt academy. The versatile defender left for Belgium in 1997, joining the Standard Liege youth setup and wasted no time in earning a place in the senior team following his solid defensive displays.
FIFA Is Looking Into Didier Drogba’s Disqualification For FA Presidency
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FIFA Is Looking Into Didier Drogba’s Disqualification For FA Presidency

World football governing body, FIFA, has set up a Committee to look into the ongoing electoral dispute in the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), of which centre stage is the disqualification of football legend Didier Drogba from contesting the position of President. The Committee will be hearing from all stakeholders, including the former Chairman of FIF’s electoral body, René Diby, FIF’s General Secretary, Sam Etiassé and, possible, Didier Drogba, whose candidacy is at the centre of the upheaval. René Diby resigned his position after Etiassé accused him of accepting Drogba’s application due to public pressure and some alleged death threats. The Committee is set to consist of two representatives from FIFA – Rolf Tanner and Sarah Solémalé – two yet-to-be-named representatives from ...
FIFA suspends Ivorian federation election after the body disqualified Didier Drogba from presidential elections
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FIFA suspends Ivorian federation election after the body disqualified Didier Drogba from presidential elections

Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba's hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation has been given a new lifeline after football's governing body, FIFA on Friday August 28th requested the suspension of the Ivory coast Football federation's election after the body disqualified the former Chelsea striker from the elections. FIF's threw away Drogba's candidacy saying he had only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs. Drogba's election team said on Thursday it expected FIF's decision which claimed he was ineligible to run for the position. "Drogba's staff isn't surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election," Mahamadou Sangare, a member of D...
Premier League Proposes Changes to VAR Ahead of Next Season
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Premier League Proposes Changes to VAR Ahead of Next Season

The Premier League could stop drawing offside lines on-screen from next season, the UK Mirror reports. Sky and BT Sport have used the lines during live games, when VAR has been used to rule on marginal decisions, which has led to the phrase “armpit offsides”. Premier League bosses chose to show the lines being drawn by the VAR at Stockley Park, to offer clarity as to why goals were being ruled offside. A total of 34 goals were ruled out for offside by VAR last season and most times by the smallest of margins. And the long-winded process of the lines being drawn put off fans and pundits. Although the rest of Europe’s big leagues also use the lines, the leagues do not offer them to the broadcasters. The Premier League have not made a final decision on whether to ca...
FIFA Reacts as Arsenal Defeat Chelsea to Win FA Cup
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FIFA Reacts as Arsenal Defeat Chelsea to Win FA Cup

FIFA has congratulated Arsenal for winning this year’s FA Cup final. The Gunners beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 at an empty Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the star of the show with two goals, cancelling out Christian Pulisic’s opener. The world football governing body took to their official Twitter feed, to hail Arsenal’s achievement. The tweet read: “14 – @Arsenal12 – @ManUtd8 – @ChelseaFC8 – @SpursOfficial “Arsenal had the joint-3rd most FA Cup triumphs when the 21st century began. “They’ve astonishingly won the last 7 finals in which they’ve played to leapfrog fierce rivals Spurs & Man Utd & go clear at the top.” On Aubameyang’s performance, FIFA added: “70 – @Aubameyang768 – @MoSalah65 – @sterling7 “Since Aubameyang’s deb...
2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr
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2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both happening in 2022.   The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global football calendar forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone several competitions, including the 2021 Afcon.   AFCON was scheduled to hold between June and July in 2021, but has been moved to January 2022, the same year the World Cup in Qatar will occur.   Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the fo...
Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup
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Super Falcons Home Kit Nominated For Best Jersey At 2019 Women’s World Cup

The home kit of the Super Falcons at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France has been nominated for best jersey at the tournament. This was announced on FIFA’s Women’s World Cup verified Twitter handle on Sunday. The Super Falcons home kit was selected alongside that of Australia, Norway and Germany. FIFA Tweeted that the jerseys were mentioned the most during the World Cup and decided to ask fans to chose their favourite in a poll on their handle. After the conclusion of the votes the jersey with the highest per cent will be declared the winner. The Super Falcons made it to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup where they lost 3-0 to German in the first knock out stage. Since sportswear giants nike unveiled it in 2018, the current Nigerian home kit has continued to r...
How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute
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How African teams can advance past World Cup quarter-finals – Kanoute

The furthest any African country has gone at the World Cup is the quarter-finals with Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana being the only nations to achieve it Former Mali striker Frederic Kanoute has advised African countries to work on their organisation, dedication and their professionalism if they aspire to go beyond the quarter-final stage at a Fifa World Cup tournament. No African country has gone past the last-eight in the global competition with Cameroon the first to achieve it in 1990 before Senegal and Ghana followed suit in 2002 and 2010 respectively. At the most recent edition which took place in Russia two years ago, the five countries who represented the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia - all failed to make it past the group stage.
‘Alexander-Arnold’s great but won’t win Ballon d’Or’ – Murphy disputes Cafu’s assessment of Liverpool star
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‘Alexander-Arnold’s great but won’t win Ballon d’Or’ – Murphy disputes Cafu’s assessment of Liverpool star

The former Reds midfielder acknowledges that “you never say never”, but he cannot see an Anfield academy graduate being named the world’s best player Trent Alexander-Arnold is a “wonderful talent”, admits Danny Murphy, but the former Liverpool midfielder has refuted claims from Cafu that the 21-year-old full-back will someday be recognised as the best player in the world. A Brazilian legend has claimed that an exciting talent currently filling the same position as he once graced will one day come into contention for FIFA Best and Ballon d’Or prizes. Cafu has told FIFA’s official website of Alexander-Arnold: “He’s a sensational player, a rare talent.
FIFA Confirms Paying $700,000 Owed To Super Falcons For World Cup Participation In 2019
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FIFA Confirms Paying $700,000 Owed To Super Falcons For World Cup Participation In 2019

World football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed it has paid Nigerian Football Federation the outstanding $700,000 owed to the Super Falcons for participation in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Nigeria’s women’s team, the Super Falcons participated in the Women’s World cup in June 2019 and as at February 2020 had not received payment of $1m for participation. The NFF were due to receive $1m for reaching the Round of 16 in France, but $240,000 was deducted for the Super Falcon’s extended stay in France and rescheduled flight after their sit-in protest. In February, FIFA explained the payment delays. “Regarding your request, as part of our long-term vision to invest into the development of women’s football at all levels, prior to last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France, Fifa a...
George Floyd: FIFA Releases Statement on Players Demanding Justice for Late American
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George Floyd: FIFA Releases Statement on Players Demanding Justice for Late American

FIFA has urged football competition organizers to apply ‘common sense’ and consider not sanctioning players demanding justice for George Floyd, a handcuffed 46-year-old black American man, during games. FIFA said this in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, at the hands of a White police officer in Minneapolis. DAILY POST had reported that football players, including Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, used last weekend matches in the German Bundesliga to reveal messages expressing solidarity with Floyd. The statement read: “FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case. “The application of the laws of the game is left for the competitions’ ...
‘Five-Sub Rule Could Count Against Us’ – Barcelona Coach, Quique Setien Says
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‘Five-Sub Rule Could Count Against Us’ – Barcelona Coach, Quique Setien Says

Barcelona could suffer from the new rule that allows teams to make five substitutions in a match instead of three, their coach Quique Setien has said. FIFA has made the temporary change to ease the physical strain on players, who are returning to a congested period of games after a lengthy break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The law could favour the bigger clubs like Barcelona, who have deeper squads and better players ready to come off the bench. But Setien believes Barcelona, who are two points clear at the top of La Liga, will also find opponents are now fresher towards the end of games. “I think it will actually harm us,” Setien said on Friday night in a video conference with the Las Palmas Football Federation. “We know we settle a lot of matches in the final minu...
Why Many Ex-footballers die of Depression, Suicide – Egbe
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Why Many Ex-footballers die of Depression, Suicide – Egbe

A FIFA match agent and C.E.O Monimichelli Sports facility & Construction limited, Mr. Ebi Egbe, has attributed the increased depression and high rate of suicide cases among ex-football internationals to lack of investment and diversification while in active football. Egbe, who stated that many footballers around the world fail to understand that there’s a life after their active football years, noted that they create a lifestyle around their income which sometimes becomes very difficult to sustain years after. In an exclusive interview on Saturday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, with DAILY POST, Egbe said, “Ex-players are getting extremely depressed, some even commit suicide all around the world and not just in Bayelsa State; if nothing is done about it, ...

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