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Kuwaiti Sheikh Resigns from FIFA Role Amid Investigation

By Michael Church HONG KONG, May 1 – After almost a decade as one of the game’s main power brokers, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah stepped away from his involvement in world football on Sunday as the U.S Department of Justice probe into FIFA‘s affairs claimed another victim. His decision came after U.S. Court documents

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Bangladesh Unions Join Suit Against FIFA over World Cup Workers

DHAKA/DOHA, Dec 10 – Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly. The suit, filed in FIFA’s home city of Zurich with the backing

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FIFA Sued Over Treatment of Qatar World Cup Workers

ZURICH/DOHA, Oct 10 – A Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited while working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar is suing FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure workers are treated fairly. The Gulf state has faced criticism of its treatment of foreign workers from Amnesty International, the Building

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Rights Group Wants Settlement Soccer Clubs to Relocate Inside Israel

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 26  – A human rights group urged soccer’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday to move matches being played by Israeli teams in the occupied West Bank to Israel, saying that playing in Jewish settlements meant they were playing on stolen land. The six clubs named by Human Rights Watch are

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FIFA Must Step Up Human Rights Commitment: U.N. Report

By Scott Malone BOSTON, April 14  – Soccer’s embattled world governing body must make human rights one of its primary goals, on a par with promoting the sport and making money, according to a set of recommendations by a top U.N. official released on Thursday. FIFA should be prepared to use its negotiating leverage to

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Women Can Help Solve FIFA’s Problems, Infantino Told

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 8 – Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that “women are part of the solution” to the problems that have plagued soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body. FIFA executive committee member Moya Dodd also suggested to Infantino that women’s football was an untapped asset as the federation looks

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Soccer-2026 World Cup Bid Must Be “Bullet-Proof”: FIFA’s Infantino

LONDON, March 6 – FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process “absolutely bullet-proof” because the entire organization’s credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected Fifa boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed by the wide-reaching corruption scandal that rocked

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FIFA President Being Paid Salary Despite 8-Year Ban

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Jan 19 – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president’s salary from world soccer’s governing body, a spokesman for FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday. Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on Oct

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Get Uber, FIFA and Rich Muslims to Help Plug Aid Gap – Experts

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Jan 17 – A $15 billion shortfall in global humanitarian aid could be addressed by tapping into innovative sources of finance, such as smartphone apps, the football industry and wealthy Islamic donors, a United Nations panel of experts said on Sunday. Despite rising global wealth, the ‘outdated’ aid system has been

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FIFA Inspector Was Banned for Seeking Personal Favours

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 14 – FIFA’s ethics committee said on Thursday that former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls repeatedly asked for personal favours from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mayne-Nicholls, who was banned for seven years on July 6, “ignored his responsibility as

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