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  • Australia skipper Jedinak in doubt for World Cup qualifiers

    Australia skipper Jedinak in doubt for World Cup qualifiers

    Australia captain Mile Jedinak is in doubt for World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan after injuring his hamstring playing for Premier League side Crystal Palace. Jedinak came off early in the second half of Palace's 4-1 League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday and his coach Alan Pardew feared his midfielder captain could be sidelined for some time. "I'm a little bit worried about the skipper, he might have done a hamstring, but we'll have to wait and see," Pardew said in comments published by British media. More »

    Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:45 BST
  • Queiroz cautiously optimistic for Iran future

    Queiroz cautiously optimistic for Iran future

    Iran boss Carlos Queiroz is too well versed in football politics to accept all the issues he faces in his role will be fixed following the nuclear deal that will lift financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The former Real Madrid and Portugal manager has already resigned twice in his four years at the helm of the Iran side following rows with administrators on how to improve the running of the game in Asia's best nation, according to FIFA rankings. The former Manchester United assistant boss is desperate for greater investment to help a side he led to last year's World Cup, but spending is not easy. More »

    Tue, Aug 25, 2015 08:13 BST
  • Injuries disrupt Argentina World Cup qualifying build-up

    Injuries disrupt Argentina World Cup qualifying build-up

    Argentina have lost four injured or unfit players for their September tour of Texas including Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, the Argentine FA said on Monday. Coach Gerardo Martino has also lost Pablo Zabaleta and Lucas Biglia calling up San Lorenzo defender Emmanuel Mas and River Plate midfielder Matias Kranevitter in their place. More »

    Mon, Aug 24, 2015 23:42 BST
  • Swiss FIFA inquiry receives more than 100 'suspicious activity' reports

    Swiss FIFA inquiry receives more than 100 'suspicious activity' reports

    Swiss authorities have received more than 100 reports of suspicious financial activity linked to FIFA's decisions to let Russia and Qatar host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Saturday. Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is investigating corruption at Zurich-based FIFA and its decisions on who would stage the World Cup. "I can confirm that the OAG received so far 103 suspicious financial activity reports regarding the allocation of the Football World Cup 2018 and 2022," an OAG spokesman said in an email. More »

    Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:51 BST
  • Exclusive - FIFA team targets match-fixing, 'many' cases of corruption: source

    Exclusive - FIFA team targets match-fixing, 'many' cases of corruption: source

    By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's independent ethics committee is probing "many" cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter. Investigators are probing three main areas: cases related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the distribution and use of development funds and match-fixing, which the source described as soccer's "big story". Ethics investigators say the days when corruption offenders could expect to receive only three-month bans were gone, the source told Reuters. More »

    Fri, Aug 21, 2015 16:31 BST