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File image of Gianni Infantino.(AP)

Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video

Washington | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:54 PM IST
FIFA said the “main purpose” of the two-day trip to Saudi Arabia during the coronavirus pandemic was “to witness the signing of the historic declaration between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”
FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIFA.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIFA.(REUTERS)

FIFA to trial concussion substitutes at Club World Cup

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:57 PM IST
The trial at the Club World Cup, which will be held from Feb. 1-11, will allow one permanent concussion replacement in cases of head injury, regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already.
FIFA File Photo(Getty Images)
FIFA File Photo(Getty Images)

FIFA cancels U17 and U20 World Cups in 2021

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:49 PM IST
FIFA says “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel.”
Sepp Blatter looks on(Getty Images)
Sepp Blatter looks on(Getty Images)

FIFA files criminal complaint against Blatter over museum

Geneva | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:42 PM IST
FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of its loss-making soccer museum in Zurich.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Real Madrid unveil Reinier - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - February 18, 2020 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez during the press conference REUTERS/Juan Medina/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Real Madrid unveil Reinier - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - February 18, 2020 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez during the press conference REUTERS/Juan Medina/File Photo(REUTERS)

Real Madrid president backs football changes post-COVID

Madrid | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:32 PM IST
Pérez also in 2019 formed the World Football Club Association, which has been formulating plans for new competitions of its own. Those proposals only emerged in reports after Pérez met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Football generic image(AIFF)
Football generic image(AIFF)

No elections in AIFF’s AGM, FIFA tells it to fulfil obligations like managing affairs independently

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Under normal circumstances, the elections would have to be held during the AGM with Praful Patel, who has been AIFF president since 2012, ineligible to contest as per the Sports Code.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp(Pool via REUTERS)
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp(Pool via REUTERS)

Klopp left perplexed at Premier League’s five-sub snub

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:33 AM IST
The German, who was crowned by FIFA as the best coach in men’s football on Thursday, has been a vocal critic of the league’s reluctance to introduce the measure, which has been widely adopted the world over.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Sheffield United v Manchester United - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - December 17, 2020 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their third goal with Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Sheffield United v Manchester United - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - December 17, 2020 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their third goal with Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial(Pool via REUTERS)

Rashford leads Man United comeback after winning FIFA award

SHEFFIELD, England | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 07:19 AM IST
The evening began with Rashford — in a pre-recorded segment at the FIFA Best awards — receiving the fair play accolade from world football’s governing body for his campaign to combat child poverty and pressure the British government into providing free meals.
Soccer Football - Champions League - Bayern Munich Training - Saebener Strasse, Munich, Germany - December 8, 2020 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski during training FC Bayern/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Bayern Munich Training - Saebener Strasse, Munich, Germany - December 8, 2020 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski during training FC Bayern/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES(REUTERS)

Lewandowski facing Messi, Ronaldo for FIFA best player award

ZURICH | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Lewandowski could become only the second player — after Luka Modric in 2018 — to deny Messi or Ronaldo since their run of FIFA domination started in 2008. Messi has won the award six times while Ronaldo has won it five times.
Photo of FIFA President Gianni Infantino(Twitter)
Photo of FIFA President Gianni Infantino(Twitter)

Prosecutor urges case against FIFA president for private jet

Bern, Switzerland | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:23 PM IST
FIFA President Gianni Infantino could face an investigation for disloyal management for using a FIFA-booked private jet to fly to Geneva from Suriname after visiting member federations in the Caribbean.
10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)
10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)

10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to begin your day with and boost self-esteem

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:54 AM IST
While football world’s OG GOAT might have passed away, Diego Maradona is an ‘unparalleled magician’ like Cristiano Ronaldo called him or as Lionel Messi said ‘the eternal’ and here are 10 inspiring quotes by the Argentina legend that will continue to motivate fans for a million years
Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini look on during the Team Seminar ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthia Hotel.(Getty Images)
Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini look on during the Team Seminar ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthia Hotel.(Getty Images)

Blatter, Platini now suspected of fraud in 5-year FIFA case

GENEVA | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:39 PM IST
The open criminal proceedings had been focused on suspected mismanagement and misappropriation, plus an act of forgery by Platini, linked to FIFA paying the French soccer great $2 million with Blatter’s approval in 2011.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski reacts.(Pool via REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski reacts.(Pool via REUTERS)

Lewandowski heads FIFA award shortlist for best player of the year

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 03:56 PM IST
Lewandowski was top scorer for Bayern in the Champions League (15 goals), as well as the Bundesliga (34), and was a firm favourite for the Ballon d’Or award before it was scrapped this year for the first time in its 64-year history because of the novel coronavirus.
Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

New FIFA rules to protect female players’ maternity rights

GENEVA | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 07:24 PM IST
The governing body of soccer is preparing to mandate clubs to allow at least 14 weeks of maternity leave paid at a minimum two-thirds of a player’s full salary. National soccer bodies can insist on more generous terms.
File image of U-17 Women’s World Cup Trophy.(File)
File image of U-17 Women’s World Cup Trophy.(File)

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup cancelled, India to host in 2022

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 10:29 PM IST
The decision deals a blow to the Indian team that had been prepared as they won’t meet the age eligibility for the 2022 edition.
FILE PHOTO: Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo(REUTERS)

FIFA seeks better tech for offside, cheaper video review

Zurich | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 07:07 PM IST
FIFA provided an update on its innovation panel’s work to also study semi-automated offside calls that can help match officials and develop cheaper video review systems for less wealthy competition organizers.
Greg Clarke was appointed by the FA in 2016 since when the governing body has worked hard to improve its stuffy image and become more inclusive.(Getty Images)
Greg Clarke was appointed by the FA in 2016 since when the governing body has worked hard to improve its stuffy image and become more inclusive.(Getty Images)

FA chairman Clarke quits after ‘coloured footballers’ remark

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:59 PM IST
Clarke was widely criticised after making a series of inappropriate comments while taking questions from members of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) select committee.
Representational photo.(AFP)
Representational photo.(AFP)

Qatari organisers hoping more Indian eyeballs during 2022 FIFA World Cup than 2018 edition

Doha | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host the mega sporting event, which will kick off from November 21, 2022.
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 3, 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, and according to a statement FIFA says Infantino “has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)(AP)
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 3, 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, and according to a statement FIFA says Infantino “has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)(AP)

FIFA President Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 09:22 PM IST
Infantino, who is 50 years old, has reported mild symptoms and is in self-isolation and will quarantine for at least 10 days, FIFA added in a statement.
Since the last season of the Indian Women’s League, which ended in mid-February, India’s women footballers have been out of action and the future remains uncertain.(AIFF)
Since the last season of the Indian Women’s League, which ended in mid-February, India’s women footballers have been out of action and the future remains uncertain.(AIFF)

Pandemic kicks women’s football to touch in India

NEW DELHI | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 01:30 PM IST
When the pandemic jettisoned sport, Bala’s Rangers career was one league game old. The women’s league in Scotland will resume on Sunday– Bala’s team will play Heart of Midlothian on the opening day– but women’s football is likely to be the hardest hit among all sport by Covid-19.
Thomas Dennerby, head coach of the India women’s U-17 football team.(Twitter/AIFF)
Thomas Dennerby, head coach of the India women’s U-17 football team.(Twitter/AIFF)

Prepared for all possibilities, India coach Dennerby on U-17 women’s World Cup postponement

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:42 PM IST
The age-group global event was originally scheduled to be held in India in November this year but the Covid-19 pandemic forced FIFA to reschedule it to February-March 2021.
Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich.(REUTERS)
Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich.(REUTERS)

FIFA bans soccer club president for life for fixing matches

ZURICH | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Marco Trovato was also found guilty of failing to cooperate with FIFA’s investigators, the world soccer body said announcing its disciplinary committee’s decision.
File photo of the Belgian national team.(Twitter/Belgian Red Devils)
File photo of the Belgian national team.(Twitter/Belgian Red Devils)

Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown

Zurich | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:35 PM IST
Rankings after the November international break will decide seedings when FIFA draws the European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in early December.
File image of Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)(Getty Images)
File image of Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)(Getty Images)

FIFA open to help fund anti-corruption agency for sports

Vienna | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 09:21 PM IST
FIFA would help fund a global agency to tackle corruption in sport, its president Gianni Infantino said.
General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters before the draw.(REUTERS)
General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters before the draw.(REUTERS)

European clubs to ask for 5 substitutes in UEFA competitions

GENEVA | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 10:41 PM IST
The option to increase the three-substitute quota and protect players during schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic was originally given to competition organizers by FIFA’s rule-making panel.
File image of India footballer Sandesh Jhingan(Getty Images)
File image of India footballer Sandesh Jhingan(Getty Images)

Ultimate dream is to qualify for World Cup: Sandesh Jhingan

By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 04:00 PM IST
Jhingan said to make the world’s biggest tournament, the Indian team will need to regularly feature in the AFC Asian Cup, break into the top 100 and then aim for the top 50 in the FIFA rankings.
File image of Bhaichung Bhutia.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
File image of Bhaichung Bhutia.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Our target should be to regularly qualify for Asian Cup, Youth World Cups: Bhutia

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Bhutia stressed on the importance of continuously producing quality players for the national team by focussing on the grassroots.
Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

FIFA suspends 2 more Haiti officials in sexual abuse inquiry

ZURICH | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 04:09 PM IST
FIFA said ethics investigators now “expanded the scope of the aforementioned investigations by opening formal proceedings” against a woman and a man.
FILE PHOTO: FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures during a UEFA Congress at Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures during a UEFA Congress at Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo(REUTERS)

FIFA ethics body clears Infantino during Swiss criminal case

Lausanne | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 10:18 PM IST
“After examining the relevant documentation and evidence, the chairperson of the investigatory chamber has decided to file the complaint and close the case due to the evident lack of a prima facie case regarding any alleged breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said a statement.
Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

UEFA seeks player exemptions from quarantine after travel

GENEVA | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 09:07 PM IST
Days later, dozens of international players are set to play on the opening weekends of the Premier League and Spanish league.
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