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File image of Gianni Infantino. (Getty Images)

Qatar World Cup games will play to full stadiums: Gianni Infantino

Reuters | , Geneva
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 11:47 PM IST
  • World Cup matches will play to full stadiums in Qatar next year, global soccer body FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.
File image of Gianni Infantino.(AP)
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 damage ‘irreversible’ over investigation into Infantino

Zurich | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Now Infantino’s talks with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber about the sprawling investigation into football corruption has put them both in the sights of a special prosecutor. There are records of what was said in the three meetings.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)

Gianni Infantino should remain president during probe: FIFA

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
A Swiss special prosecutor opened a criminal case into Infantino’s conduct on Thursday over his meetings with the country’s attorney general who has been leading a sprawling investigation into football corruption.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino after his speech during the UEFA Congress.(REUTERS)

Criminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Geneva | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 08:50 PM IST
Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior,” according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office.
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 eyes ‘strict compliance’ for virus relief plan

ZURICH | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 09:38 PM IST
FIFA’s 211 member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million. Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer.
Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo(REUTERS)
Cars drive past a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo(REUTERS)

Prosecutor to probe attorney general-FIFA president meetings

Geneva | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 09:09 PM IST
A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office said it appointed Stefan Keller to evaluate four complaints filed by unidentified people.
FIFA's Markus Kattner, listens during a conference in Moscow.(AP)
FIFA's Markus Kattner, listens during a conference in Moscow.(AP)

FIFA bans former finance director Kattner for 10 years

GENEVA | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 11:02 PM IST
FIFA said its ethics committee judges found Kattner guilty of conflicts of interest and abuse of position, including obtaining a recording of a FIFA Council meeting from which he had been excluded.
The players of Borussia Dortmund kneel down in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement during a training session.(Getty Images)
The players of Borussia Dortmund kneel down in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement during a training session.(Getty Images)

Is taking a knee a sign of change?

New Delhi | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 03:09 PM IST
By showing solidarity on Black Lives Matter, federations, leagues have recognised athletes’ right to protest.
British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws fake money bills at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a news conference in Zurich on July 20, 2015.(Reuters Photo)
British comedian Lee Nelson (unseen) throws fake money bills at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a news conference in Zurich on July 20, 2015.(Reuters Photo)

Infantino wants to turn football into a huge money machine: Blatter

Zurich | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Blatter hit out at Infantino’s proposed expansion of the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams and stated he wants to convert the sport into a money churning machine.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a conference.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a conference.(REUTERS)

FIFA warns coronavirus could postpone international matches

Belfast | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 11:05 AM IST
Meanwhile five Serie A games in Italy will be played behind closed doors, with leagues in Japan and South Korea postponed earlier this week.
A file photo of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.(REUTERS)
A file photo of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.(REUTERS)

Biggest and best? Gianni Infantino reveals aims for new Club World Cup

Doha | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 11:56 PM IST
The president of world football’s governing body is in Qatar for the final of this year’s Club World Cup, with Liverpool facing Flamengo on Saturday in what will be the penultimate edition of the tournament in its current format.
Indian national women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan during a match at the Incheon Asian Games.
Indian national women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan during a match at the Incheon Asian Games.

‘U-17 Women’s WC will have huge impact on Indian football’

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 02:43 PM IST
FIFA President Gianni Infantino had announced in March that India will be the host of the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the conference.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the conference.(REUTERS)

Time to punish racists, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino tells Italian football authorities

Parma | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2019 12:32 PM IST
Play was briefly suspended after Fiore’s Brazilian wing-back Dalbert reportedly told referee Daniele Orsato he had been the target of racist abuse from fans at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.
A FIFA logo next to the entrance at the FIFA headquarters.(Getty Images)
A FIFA logo next to the entrance at the FIFA headquarters.(Getty Images)

Human Rights Watch wants FIFA to act on complaints of sexual abuse of women players by Afghan Football Federation leaders

New York | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 05:13 PM IST
FIFA needs to speedily and fairly investigate all AFF members accused of facilitating abuse and set up effective measures to ensure the safety of whistle-blowers and survivors, HRW said in a statement.
Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia speaks.(PTI)
Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia speaks.(PTI)

Bhaichung Bhutia bats for promotion-relegation system in India

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 11:52 PM IST
Former captain Bhutia did not say it in as many words but it appeared he was not against the idea of merger to settle the controversy surrounding the Indian Super League and the I-League.
FILE PHOTO: Former UEFA President Lennart Johansson(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Former UEFA President Lennart Johansson(REUTERS)

Ex-UEFA chief Johansson, father of Champions League, dies aged 89

Stockholm | By AFP
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 05:56 PM IST
“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a media briefing.(REUTERS)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a media briefing.(REUTERS)

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Lausanne | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 06:28 AM IST
FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino(AFP)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino(AFP)

FIFA President congratulates Chennai City on winning I-League title

New Delhi | By ANI
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 11:01 PM IST
Chennai City won their maiden I-League title earlier this month, after a nail-biting final day finish, which saw them finishing the league with 43 points, just a point above East Bengal.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media during a press conference following the FIFA Council Meetings in Miami.(AFP)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media during a press conference following the FIFA Council Meetings in Miami.(AFP)

FIFA approves plan for new Club World Cup, to Europe’s dismay

Miami | By The New York Times
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 10:18 AM IST
Against the wishes of European soccer leaders, FIFA pushed through plans for a revamped World Cup of clubs featuring 24 teams at a meeting of its governing council Friday
File image: The team of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final(Getty Images)
File image: The team of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final(Getty Images)

FIFA backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

Miami | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 11:49 PM IST
An internal feasibility study supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed by President Gianni Infantino, was given full backing by the FIFA council in Miami.
File image of FIFA logo(Getty Images)
File image of FIFA logo(Getty Images)

FIFA confirms 24-team Club World Cup to start in 2021

Miami | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2019 10:52 PM IST
The new tournament, which has drawn threats of a boycott from leading European clubs, is to be staged in June-July 2021 instead of the Confederations Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference at the FIFA Executive Football Summit on February 15.(AFP)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference at the FIFA Executive Football Summit on February 15.(AFP)

Gianni Infantino defends FIFA from criticism over Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi

Istanbul | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2019 11:37 PM IST
‘We have been working for this solution through official channels obviously. We have been working as well behind the scenes,’ Infantino told a news conference in Istanbul when asked about criticism over the lack of FIFA public statements on the case
FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles prior to the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar.(AP)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino smiles prior to the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar.(AP)

Gianni Infantino sole candidate for FIFA presidency in June vote

Lausanne | By AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:45 PM IST
The 48-year-old has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding the disgraced Sepp Blatter following the corruption scandal which rocked the organisation.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in 2016 that the federation would take more control over ticketing and organisation at the World Cup.(REUTERS)
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in 2016 that the federation would take more control over ticketing and organisation at the World Cup.(REUTERS)

FIFA, Qatar set up joint venture to deliver 2022 World Cup

Zurich | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 11:51 PM IST
FIFA said in a statement that it would hold a 51 percent share of the venture while the Qatar organising committee would hold 49 percent
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