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FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

Plenty of people inside the sports media world were more than a little irritated when FIFA gave the American television rights to the 2026 World Cup (and all events up through 2026) to Fox Sports without opening up the bidding to ESPN, NBC, or other potential bidders. Many felt that it was a make good for the inevitable shift of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November and December...
Via Awful Announcing
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

LONDON (AP) Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for European football's governing body UEFA, highlighted more than 200...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blatter: 2022 World Cup final will not be played after December 18

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than December 18 - a move which could protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games. UEFA has proposed playing the final at the tournament on December 23, just two days before Christmas, to lessen disruption to its own international matches. That sparked uproar in Britain as it would...
Via Fox Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18. Blatter's comments come after a FIFA task force this week recommended moving the tournament to November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar. At that time, a Dec. 23 final - a Friday - was proposed. Dec. 18 is a Sunday, the day on...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scale of racism in World Cup host Russia exposed by study

LONDON (AP) Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a report provided to The Associated Press reveals. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for European football's governing body UEFA, highlighted more than 200 cases...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad seeks seat on FIFA board

KUWAIT CITY (AP) Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is seeking election to the FIFA executive committee. The Kuwait football association says it has nominated Sheikh Ahmad for Asian Football Confederation elections to the FIFA board, scheduled in Bahrain in April. Sheikh Ahmad has led the influential Olympic Council of Asia since 1991, and his support ensured Bahrain...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

International FA Board meet to examine case for video replays

Football Association chairman Greg **** will push for trials of video replays to help referees this week when the game's law-makers meet in Belfast. The International FA Board (IFAB) will hear details of a trial by the Dutch FA (KNVB) where a video assistant watches a match on television and liaises with the referee via a headset. The KNVB wants permission to trial the system live...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA task force recommends playing 2022 World Cup in winter

A FIFA task force on Tuesday recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar. FIFA said the task force chose the ''most viable period'' over other proposals to play in January, April or May, dates favored mostly by European soccer. FIFA also said the tournament should be shorter than the current 32-day schedule. The plan must be approved...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA recommends November-December for World Cup in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar (AP) A FIFA task force has recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar. FIFA says the task force chose the option over other proposals to play in January or May. FIFA also says the tournament should be shorter than the current 32-day schedule. The plan must be approved by the FIFA executive committee, chaired by President...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How soccer could accommodate Nov-Dec World Cup in 2022

LONDON (AP) The Associated Press first detailed in 2013 how the soccer calendar could adapt if the World Cup was moved from its traditional June-July slot to November-December in 2022. Since then FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced that November-December is his preferred option for moving the tournament away from Qatar's fierce summer heat, and confirmation of those dates...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How football could accommodate Nov-Dec World Cup in 2022

LONDON (AP) The Associated Press first detailed in 2013 how the football calendar could adapt if the World Cup was moved from its traditional June-July slot to November-December in 2022. Since then FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced that November-December is his preferred option for moving the tournament away from Qatar's fierce summer heat, and confirmation of those dates...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Paris metro abuse victim calls for Chelsea fans to be jailed

The man who was abused by Chelsea supporters in Paris on Tuesday night says the men involved should be jailed. Shocking footage of the incident showed a black man being prevented from boarding a Paris metro, twice, by Chelsea supporters, who then sang "we're racist, and that's the way we like it". Police in London and Chelsea have launched an investigation to identify those responsible...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: FIFA decides to stage Qatar 2022 World Cup in winter

  The long-mooted “winter world cup” in 2022 just might happen as speculated.   FIFA has reached a decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in November and December instead of in the summer months, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl. World soccer’s governing body plans to delay the tournament in order to avoid the searing summer heat in host nation...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA president Blatter expresses shock at Sacchi comments

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned the controversial comments made by former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi, taking to Twitter to express his "shock". During an awards ceremony in Tuscany last week Sacchi made the comment that there were "too many players of color" in Italy's youth teams. Responding to Sacchi's comments, Blatter posted on Twitter: "Pride and dignity is not...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

David Beckham welcomes Luis Figo's FIFA presidential bid

LONDON (AP) David Beckham has welcomed former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo's bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, saying FIFA needs candidates ''passionate about the game.'' Figo is the only former player standing in May's election, which also features FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Dutch football association chairman Michael van Praag. Ahead of Figo's manifesto launch...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

German soccer head suggests Blatter not run, become 'honorary' FIFA president

DUESSELDORF, Germany -- The German Football Federation chief says he's told FIFA boss Sepp Blatter he should become honorary president and not run for a new mandate. Wolfgang Niersbach, on the fringe of a sponsors' conference, said FIFA could regain ''a positive image only with different faces at the top.'' Niersbach said he told Blatter in a private conversation, ''I'd find it good...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

German football head suggests Blatter become honorary chief

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) The German Football Federation chief says he's told FIFA boss Sepp Blatter he should become honorary president and not run for a new mandate. Wolfgang Niersbach, on the fringe of a sponsors' conference, said FIFA could regain ''a positive image only with different faces at the top.'' Niersbach said he told Blatter in a private conversation, ''I'd find it...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pieth: Blatter likely to win election, but problems remain

GENEVA (AP) Sepp Blatter is likely to win the FIFA presidential election but even defeat would not solve all the football body's institutional problems, according to its former top anti-corruption adviser. Mark Pieth told The Associated Press in an interview Monday he expected Blatter to beat three rival candidates who are all supported by UEFA: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter, three others approved as FIFA presidential candidates

  The FIFA presidential election will officially be a four-candidate campaign. FIFA says its election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter and his three rivals. They are: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. The election is May 29, with...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter, 3 rivals approved as FIFA presidential candidates

ZURICH (AP) The FIFA presidential election will officially be a four-candidate campaign. FIFA says its election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter and his three rivals. They are: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. The election is May...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

UEFA unhappy criticism of Sepp Blatter was removed from report

The split between UEFA and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has widened after reports the world governing body watered down a report into reform proposals. German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that criticism of Blatter by independent governance committee chairman Mark Pieth was removed from his final report by FIFA's legal adviser Marco Villiger. The report has led Pedro Pinto, spokesman...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA Presidential Election 2015 – Time for a Change of Direction?

FIFA Presidential Election 2015 – Time for a Change of Direction? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com A resounding yes would be the answer to that particular question unless you are one of the Blatter camp. It was Kenny Rogers who best summed it up, in song. “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em , know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run” It...
Via Soccerlens
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Ali taking on Blatter, FIFA 'culture of intimidation'

LONDON (AP) Seeking to clean up scandal-scarred FIFA would seem a comparatively straightforward mission for Prince Ali bin al-Hussein compared with one of his current roles in Jordan. ''I work right now in the field in crisis management, which is probably a good thing for someone running for a FIFA presidency,'' the Jordanian royal said in an interview with The Associated Press...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Ali reveals US support in bid to become FIFA president

FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein disclosed Tuesday that the United States was among the national associations to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter for the top job as he decried a "culture of intimidation" within the governing body. The Jordanian was also endorsed for the May election by his home federation, Belarus, Malta, England and Georgia. But his inability...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Ali backed by United States in bid to unseat Blatter

LONDON (AP) FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says the United States was among the national associations to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football. The Jordanian also disclosed he was endorsed by his home federation, Belarus, Malta, England and Georgia. At his campaign launch in London, the prince said: ''There is a bit of a culture...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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