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2018 World Cup: Ex-FIFA president bribed by ‘Russian oligarch’ – report

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has published claims that a former FIFA President was bribed by a “Russian oligarch” to ensure c won the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

Real Madrid leading talks for radical new European Super League

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez is leading the charge for Europe’s biggest clubs to break away from their domestic competitions and form a radical new Super League.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football in the wake of England players suffering abuse in Bulgaria.

Gianni Infantino reveals Fifa’s $1 billion plan for African football

The Swiss-Italian was speaking during the 80th anniversary celebration of Democratic Republic of the Congo’s TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, where he visited the site of the club’s new football stadium, which will be able to hold 50,000 fans, and the club’s youth academy.
Italian footballer Mario Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands and threatened to quit Brescia's game at Verona after home fans targeted him with racist chants during Sunday's Serie A clash.

Mario Balotelli threatens to walk off amid racist chant

Italian footballer Mario Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands and threatened to quit Brescia's game at Verona after home fans targeted him with racist chants during Sunday's Serie A clash.
China will host the newly-revised version of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, which is set to be played between the summer months of June and July.

China unanimously appointed as hosts of 2021 FIFA Club World Cup

China will host the newly-revised version of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, which is set to be played between the summer months of June and July.
Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and La Liga have submitted a request to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their match in December to be played in Miami.

Atletico Madrid and Villarreal submit request to play La Liga match in Miami

Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and La Liga have submitted a request to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their match in December to be played in Miami.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football in the wake of England players suffering abuse in Bulgaria.

FIFA president ‘disappointed’ by empty stands at Koreas qualifier

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking a job with FIFA but that it won’t stop him returning to management.

Arsene Wenger confirms he is considering taking important FIFA job

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking a job with FIFA but that it won’t stop him returning to management.
Mario Balotelli has revealed that he wants to stay at Marseille beyond the end of this season and says the club is on another level from Nice.

Mario Balotelli in “great shape” before Brescia debut against Juventus

Mario Balotelli said he was “in great shape” as he prepares to return to Serie A on Tuesday with his first game for his hometown club Brescia against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Italian champions Juventus.
President of The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the elective assembly of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 at the Hilton hotel of Rome's Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

FIFA supremo ready to push ahead with Women’s World League plan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he will push again for the creation of a Women’s World League in spite of having his initial plan blocked inside the organisation.
Iranian women have been prohibited from entering stadiums since early 1980s [Raheb Homavandi-Reuters]

It is time to allow women into stadiums – FIFA tells Iran

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has told Iran it is time to allow women into football stadiums and that the global soccer body expects “positive developments”, starting with their next home match in October.
Iran’s Sports Minister, Masoud Soltanifar, on Thursday reported that Iranian women will be allowed into stadiums to watch the men’s national team play football.

Iran to allow women watch international football matches in stadiums

Iran’s Sports Minister, Masoud Soltanifar, on Thursday reported that Iranian women will be allowed into stadiums to watch the men’s national team play football.
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FIFA expands Women’s World Cup to 32 teams for 2023

FIFA’s Council has unanimously approved expanding the Women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for 2023 and has reopened bidding to host the tournament but made no mention of changing prize money.
Enyimba have moved closer to winning their record eighth Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title after they defeated FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-1 on Monday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos in a Championship playoffs tie.

Enyimba begin third Caf Champions League title chase against Burkina Faso’s Rahimo

Nigeria champions, Enyimba International will begin their chase of a possible third CAF Champions League title on August 10, when they welcome Rahimo of Burkina Faso in the first leg of the First Round of the competition.

FIFA’s African football takeover plan set for court challenge

FIFA’s plan to take over the running of African football is set to face a possible roadblock, with an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) saying he will challenge the decision in court.

Fifa supremo Gianni Infantino rejects ‘colonialism’ criticism

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has rejected comments that the global soccer body has taken a “colonialist” attitude towards African football and its governing organisation CAF (Confederation of African Football).

CAF Congress holds Thursday, tough decisions expected

Africa’s football governing body, CAF is set to have a much-anticipated Congress on Thursday, where some far-reaching decisions including the idea to cede control of the body to FIFA are likely to dominate discussions.
Nigeria’s legendary Afro-beat singer, Femi Kuti was subsequently joined on stage by Egyptian pop singer and Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory Coast as they performed their new song Metgamaeen (Together), whose lyrics are in Arabic, English and French.

AFCON: Femi Kuti, others thrill at colourful opening ceremony in Cairo

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) was heralded with a spectacular and colourful opening ceremony inside the jam-packed 75, 000 capacity Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

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Porsche gets 30,000 down payments for new electric car

Some 30,000 drivers have made down payments for Porsche’s first electric car, according to the high-end automaker’s chief executive.
World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has expressed appreciation to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, for psyching him up to reclaim his titles.

Anthony Joshua thanks Nigerian envoy for inspiring him

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has expressed appreciation to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, for psyching him up to reclaim his titles.
Nigerian striker Rinsola Babajide was the heroine for Liverpool Ladies in their Women Super League Cup 3-1 win over Durham FC at Prenton Park.

Rinsola Babajide’s brace sends Liverpool to next round of English Super Cup

Nigerian striker Rinsola Babajide was the heroine for Liverpool Ladies in their Women Super League Cup 3-1 win over Durham FC at Prenton Park.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing the meeting with Kalabari Ethnic Nationality at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Rivers governor threatens to sack traditional ruler over ‘romance’ with Bayelsa governor

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has called on on leaders of Kalabari ethnic group inn the State to prevail on the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, King Theophilus J.T. Princewill, not to allow himself to be used by external forces to create disunity in the State.