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Tag Archives: FIFA

Iranian women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

TEHRAN: Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy. Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be ...

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Lionel Messi wins Best FIFA Men’s Player award

BARCELONA’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi received The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 award. During a ceremony at Teatro alla Scala, an opera house in Milan, Messi was deemed the number one footballer of the season, defeating Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. Messi also won the ...

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FIFA drop idea of 48 teams for 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a 32-team tournament as originally planned, Fifa has announced. The world governing body had considered expanding its showpiece event to 48 teams but has now determined this is not practical. “The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will, therefore, remain as originally planned ...

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Ex-head of Brazilian Football Federation banned for Life

BRASILIA: The Independent Ethics Committee of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) imposed on Monday a life-time ban from all football-related activities and an almost $1 million fine for bribery on the former head of the Brazilian Football Association, Jose Maria Marin. “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics ...

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Detained Bangladeshi FIFA official released from jail

DHAKA: A FIFA official detained for allegedly defaming the Bangladeshi prime minister has been freed, her lawyer said on Wednesday, in a case closely watched by football’s governing body and rights groups. Mahfuza Akhter, a FIFA council member since 2017 and the national chief of women’s soccer, was arrested on ...

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Official poster for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 unveiled

PARIS: The official poster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was unveiled here on Friday to coincide with International Women’s Day. The official poster reflects the theme of the tournament: ensuring a level playing field for women’s football and empowerment through football for girls, women and society in ...

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Figo, Kaka seek ‘promise’ of football in cricket-mad Pakistan

KARACHI: Portuguese great Luis Figo and Brazilian star Kaka Thursday vowed to help develop the “great promise” of football in Pakistan, a country obsessed with cricket and twice banned from international soccer. The two legends – who both played for Spanish club Real Madrid – are in Pakistan for a ...

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FIFA bans Afghan football chief pending sex abuse probe

GENEVA: FIFA suspended the president of the Afghanistan Football Federation Keramuddin Karim for 90 days pending an investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the  Afghan national women´s team. FIFA´s independent ethics committee said in a statement that the provisional ban “may be extended pending proceedings on the ...

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FIFA probing sex abuse claims on Afghanistan women’s team

KABUL: Football’s world governing body FIFA is looking in to claims of sexual and physical abuse on the Afghanistan national women’s team, it confirmed in a statement Saturday. The allegations against officials including the Afghanistan Football Federation’s president Keramuddin Karim were reported in Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The AFF has “vigorously” ...

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