Women’s soccer campaigner Dodd loses FIFA spot

By Simon Evans MANAMA, May 8 : Prominent women’s soccer advocate Moya Dodd of Australia lost her place on FIFA’s ruling body after she was beaten in a vote by Mahfuza Ahkter of Bangladesh at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress today. Dodd had previously been a co-opted member of FIFA’s old executive committee and […]

FIFA sets up human rights panel in response to criticism

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Mar 10 : World soccer’s ruling body FIFA, stung by criticism that it overlooks human rights in countries staging its tournaments, has set up an advisory panel to address the issue. South Africa and Brazil, which hosted the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, were criticised over alleged human rights violations while […]

Russian minister Mutko barred from FIFA re-election-sources

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Mar 10 : Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has been barred from standing for re-election for a place on the FIFA Council, sources close to the matter told Reuters today. The sources said that Mutko, who is also head of the Russian Football Union (RFU), had failed an eligibility test […]

Infantino hails Barcelona’s ‘incredible’ win

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Mar 9 : Barcelona’s astonishing comeback win over Paris St Germain in the Champions League is a reminder of soccer’s enduring ability to surprise and rule changes should be handled with care, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said today. After losing 4-0 in the first leg in France, Barcelona scored three times […]

US must allow access if bids for 2026 World Cup – FIFA

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Mar 9 : The United States would have to grant entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup finals, soccer body FIFA said today. Responding to a question about President Donald Trump’s order banning citizens from six […]

Infantino confident Argentina will escape suspension

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Mar 9 : Argentina are close to resolving a row that could have seen the former world champions suspended, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said today. FIFA told the Argentine FA (AFA) this month that it risked a ban if it did not accept South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL as arbiter […]