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  • FIFA rejects Bolivian appeal against docked points

    FIFA rejects Bolivian appeal against docked points

    (Reuters) - Bolivia’s appeal against being docked points for fielding an ineligible player in two World Cup qualifiers has been rejected, FIFA said on Friday. FIFA docked points from the Bolivians and gave them to Chile and Peru in a Nov. 1 decision after Paraguayan-born Nelson Cabrera’s inclusion in their team for the South American qualifiers. “The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) and to confirm in its entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the cases relating to the fielding of an ineligible player,” FIFA said in a statement on its website (www.fifa.com). More »

    Fri, Feb 3, 2017 21:53 GMT
  • Trump policies cloud potential U.S. World Cup bid

    Trump policies cloud potential U.S. World Cup bid

    President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies could hurt an expected U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup although plenty of time remains for concerns to ease before the decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA. The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994 and is viewed as the favourite to host the 2026 tournament since the 2018 and 2022 finals were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. FIFA has said that neither Europe nor Asia will be able to bid for 2026, leaving the CONCACAF region, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, as the clear frontrunner. More »

    Tue, Jan 31, 2017 22:05 GMT
  • Rummenigge says balance of power shifting towards clubs

    Rummenigge says balance of power shifting towards clubs

    European Club Association (ECA) president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described FIFA's 48-World Cup as "nonsense" on Monday and warned soccer's governing body that the balance of power in the sport was shifting towards his members. "At the end of the day, there are the top clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the big Spanish and English clubs, Paris St Germain, Juventus," said Rummenigge, who is also Bayern's chief executive. More »

    Mon, Jan 30, 2017 20:25 GMT
  • Ivory Coast coach Dussuyer resigns after Nations Cup exit

    Ivory Coast coach Dussuyer resigns after Nations Cup exit

    Frenchman Michel Dussuyer resigned as coach of Ivory Coast on Sunday following the exit of the African Nations Cup holders from the tournament. The 57-year-old is the second coaching casualty of the tournament in Gabon after Algeria coach Georges Leekens quit following his side's surprise first round elimination. Dussuyer had been in the job for just over 18 months and got the Ivorians off to a good start in the group phase of the World Cup qualifiers late last year. More »

    Sun, Jan 29, 2017 16:30 GMT
  • Maracana to light up again as bills are settled

    Maracana to light up again as bills are settled

    The legendary Maracana stadium is expected to get its electricity switched back on after managers Odebrecht agreed on Friday to pay much of the outstanding bill. The stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, was plunged into darkness on Thursday after Light, the Rio de Janeiro electricity company, cut power due to unpaid bills. Odebrecht, which holds a 95 per cent stake in the consortium that owns the rights to run the arena, owes Light 1.3 million reais ($412,000) and has agreed to pay most of that debt. More »

    Fri, Jan 27, 2017 14:28 GMT