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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi cleared for a second time in World Cup broadcast rights case

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Friday, acquitted PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi for the second time of the accusations of his accepting bribes and criminal mismanagement to award the World Cup broadcast rights. Al-Khelaifi, who is also the President of the beIN Media Group, had been under the clouds of suspicion regarding the same over the past few years and was also cleared of the charges during an initial trial in 2020 by the Federal Penal Tribunal, but the Public Ministry of the Confederation then launched an appeal. “Today’s verdict is a total vindication after a relentless six year campaign by the prosecution which ignored the basic facts and the law at every turn,” the PSG President’s Swiss Council representative said. “Our client has once again, for a second time, been ful...
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FIFA increases squads to 26 players for 2022 World Cup | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: FIFA will allow countries to select up to 26 players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, increasing the maximum squad size by three for the November 21-December 18 tournament. "The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26," FIFA said in a statement. World football's governing body said the decision to expand squads was made "given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing" of this year's competition, which will interrupt the European club season. FIFA also took into account the "broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments". UEFA adopted similar changes for Euro 2020 last year, meeting a demand from coaches who feared they coul...
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Get a constitution in 38 days, else face ban from international football – FIFA issues ultimatum to All India Football Federation

India has 38 days to avoid a ban from international football. They have to finalise the new constitution by July 31. That’s the biggest takeaway after a series of meetings that took place in New Delhi through the course of this week. Following a meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and state football associations on Thursday, the seven-member FIFA and AFC joint delegation have said the new constitution of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) must be finalised by July 31. Subsequently, the organisation’s Special General Body Meeting must be called by August 5, when the date of the elections should be finalised. The elections for the new president must be held by September 15, the world and continental bodies have said. Any deviation from these t...
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FIFA sets July 31 deadline for AIFF constitution approval, Sep 15 for elections to avoid ban | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The visiting FIFA-AFC team on Thursday set deadlines to clean up the Indian football mess, asking the stakeholders to get the constitution of the national federation approved by July 31 and conduct elections by September 15, failing which the country could be banned by the world body. On the conclusion of its three-day visit to the country, the team, led by Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Windsor John, made it clear that the deadlines will have to be followed strictly. A FIFA ban would mean the Women's U-17 World Cup, to be held in October, taken away from the country. "It has been made clear by the joint FIFA-AFC team that the deadlines will have to be strictly adhered to. If not, the country can be banned and the U-17 Women's World Cup will be taken away,"...
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India jump two spots to 104 in FIFA rankings

The Indian football team reaped a good harvest of its impressive Asian Cup qualification campaign as it gained two places to jump to 104th in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday. The Blue Tigers are placed just below New Zealand (103), who missed out on a 2022 FIFA World Cup spot after losing 0-1 to Costa Rica in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month. India’s ranking among Asian Football Confederation members, however, still remained static at 19th place.  The Sunil Chhetri-led side delivered their best Asian Cup qualification campaign ever when they won all three of their league matches earlier this month to top group D and secure a place in the 24-team Finals to be held in 2023. This was India’s fifth overall qualification in the competition and the firs...
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Don’t ban transgender women athletes from competing: Dutee Chand | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's ace sprinter Dutee Chand - who was once accused of being a 'man' for failing the hyperandrogenism (male testosterone) test and later subjected to a gender verification test by the national athletics federation (AFI) - has spoken out in favour of the transgender athletes, who have been banned by global governing sports bodies like swimming, rugby and cycling from participating in the women's international competitions. Dutee, a two-time Asian Games medallist and the current national champion in the women's 100 metres, told TOI on Wednesday that it's unfair on the part of the sports administrators to stop transgender women athletes from competing "just because others can't digest their success at the elite level". "Everyone, irrespective of his or her gender, has the ri...
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AIFF CoA’s advisory panel disbanded

A delegation of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) rejected an advisory committee named by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), citing interference in the working of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), after which the panel was disbanded. The seven-member joint delegation met the three CoA members – former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi, retired Supreme Court judge AR Dave and former India captain Bhaskar Ganguly – on Tuesday, the first day of their visit. It is learnt that senior AIFF officials objected to the appointment of the committee and the joint delegation agreed that it would interfere with the working of the federation, which would be in violation of FIFA statutes. CoA meets FIFA-AFC team 🤝 Read 👉 https://t.co/kuRpH0iadM#BackT...
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FIFA-AFC team meeting with CoA ‘gone off well’, advisory committee formed by CoA disbanded | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first round of talks between the visiting FIFA-AFC team and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the affairs of Indian football has "gone off well" and the world body is unlikely to impose a ban on the country, according to well-placed sources. However, nothing is official as of now and a final picture on what FIFA may do or recommend could come only after the second round of talks that the visiting officials will have with the CoA members on Thursday, before they leave the country. "It was a very good and constructive meeting. The meeting went off very well. Both sides were happy with the outcome of today's meeting," a top source who is involved in the whole process told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "The sense from today's meeting was ...
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India coach Stimac hits out at AIFF after historic Asian Cup qualification | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac has lashed out at the messy state of affairs grappling with the national federation (AIFF), a day after his side qualified for AFC Asian Cup for the second consecutive time. The AIFF is currently run by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) after the Praful Patel-led federation was found to have violated the National Sports Code. While an immediate suspension by FIFA because of third-party intervention is out of cards, Stimac questioned the timing of the issue, which has cast a shadow on India's qualification for a prestigious tournament like the AFC Asian Cup. "For such an important tournament, was this the time to do this? Was anybody thinking how that could affect the dressing room and the players?" Stimac a...
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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: Navi Mumbai to host final, India to play group league Bhubaneswar

The DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will host the summit clash of the U-17 Women’s World Cup on October 30 while the semi-finals will be played in Goa, FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced on Wednesday. Bhubaneswar is set to host India’s three group stage matches beginning on October 11. The official draw will take place on June 24th. The 24 group stage games will conclude on October 18 and the matches will be shared among all three host states – Odisha, Goa and Maharashtra. The quarter-final round of games will be held on October 21 and 22 following which the semi-finals will be held on October 26.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will see hosts India compete in all three group stage games on October 11, 14 and 17. Mea...
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Legacy and pride on the line as FIFA prepares to name 2026 World Cup host cities

The countdown to World Cup 2026 kicks off in earnest on Thursday, as soccer fans across Canada, Mexico and the United States learn whether their cities made the coveted cut to host the 48-team tournament. Four years after FIFA selected the tri-country North American bid, world football’s governing body will announce the host cities after a lengthy process shrouded in mystery. With 22 host cities still in the running this week, according to FIFA, many expect the United States to see 10 of its candidates chosen with Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto in contention to the north. In Mexico, where soccer is less a sport than a religion, three candidate cities – Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey – are all but assured the gig.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Of course, any...
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FIFA dismiss Chile complaint, Ecuador to keep spot at World Cup

Ecuador will play at the 2022 World Cup after FIFA dismissed Chile’s claims that they had fielded an ineligible player in the qualifiers, world soccer’s governing body said on Friday. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 The Chilean Football Federation last month said it had proof that Ecuador’s Byron Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas in 1998 as stated on his official documents. It claimed the Barcelona of Guayaquil full back, who played in eight of Ecuador’s 18 qualifying games for Qatar, used a false passport and birth certificate.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium “After analysing the submissions of all parties concerned and considerin...
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FIFA dismiss Chile complaint, Ecuador to keep spot at World Cup | Football News – Times of India

Ecuador will play at the 2022 World Cup after FIFA dismissed Chile's claims that they had fielded an ineligible player in the qualifiers, world soccer's governing body said on Friday. The Chilean Football Federation last month said it had proof that Ecuador's Byron Castillo was born in Tumaco, Colombia in 1995, and not in the Ecuadorean city of General Villamil Playas in 1998 as stated on his official documents. It claimed the Barcelona of Guayaquil full back, who played in eight of Ecuador's 18 qualifying games for Qatar, used a false passport and birth certificate. "After analysing the submissions of all parties concerned and considering all elements brought before it, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to close the proceedings initiated against the FEF (Ecuadorean Football A...
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Michel Platini was worth a million, Sepp Blatter tells court | Football News – Times of India

BELLINZONA: Michel Platini "was worth his million" Swiss francs a year, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted Thursday, telling a Swiss court he could not understand why the pair were answering fraud charges. The former world football chief and French football legend Platini are being tried at Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona, following an investigation that began in 2015 and lasted six years. The pair are being tried over a two million Swiss franc ($2.08 million) payment in 2011 to Platini, who was then in charge of European football's governing body UEFA. Blatter spoke for the first time in the two-week trial, which opened on Wednesday. "I just had this man on my team and he was worth his million," said the 86-year-old retired Swiss footbal...
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Trial opens for fallen football chiefs Blatter and Platini | Football News – Times of India

BELLINZONA: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the chiefs of world and European football, went on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday over a suspected fraudulent payment. Former FIFA president Blatter, 86, and Platini, 66, appeared in the Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona, following an investigation that began in 2015 and lasted six years. They are being tried over a two million Swiss franc ($2.08 million) payment in 2011 to Platini, who was then in charge of European football's governing body UEFA. The former French football great "submitted to FIFA in 2011 an allegedly fictitious invoice for a (alleged) debt still existing for his activity as an adviser for FIFA in the years 1998 to 2002," according to the court. He and retired Swiss football administrator Bla...
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Lewandowski looking for ‘more emotions’ than Bayern Munich can offer | Football News – Times of India

WARSAW: Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski revealed Tuesday he wants to call time on his career with the Bundesliga giants because of his desire for "more emotions in life". The Polish forward announced last week that his time with Bayern "had come to an end" without specifying his future plans. Asked Monday during a podcast on Polish website Onet.pl if his departure was dictated by a desire for more money or emotions in life, the 33-year-old answered without hesitation it was for him "emotions in life". "Firstly, something went out inside me and it's something you can't recover, can't make up for," he explained. Barcelona are reported to have made an offer of 32 million euros ($34 million) for Lewandowski, FIFA men's best player for 2020 and 2021, whose contract with Bayern expir...
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I’m playing my last games, so FIFA ban on India will be catastrophic: Sunil Chhetri | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri on Friday dropped yet another hint that his retirement is not far away, saying a FIFA ban on India in the aftermath of Supreme Court's ruling to oust Praful Patel as AIFF president would be catastrophic as he is playing his "last games". The 37-year-old Chhetri's retirement has been a matter of speculation for some time now and he has said on many occasions that his illustrious career will come to an end soon. "No matter what is happening on that front, I hope it is under control and the country does not get a ban," the iconic India captain said during a media interaction ahead of the Asian Cup qualifiers final round beginning here on June 8. "Because, that will be catastrophic, not just for the whole country but for me, because I'm 37. I'm play...
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Request FIFA not to impose a suspension: Praful Patel writes to Gianni Infantino

Former AIFF president and FIFA Council member Praful Patel has written a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino requesting football’s apex body not to impose a ban on India. Praful Patel’s letter to Fifa President Infantino.  “I would like to point out that the Supreme Court has expressed a sense of urgency in resolving all the issues by July 2022,” Patel wrote in the letter to Infantino. “I request FIFA and AFC to not impose a suspension at this stage, but instead to consider this important aspect of the Supreme Court order and enter into a dialogue with the CoA to receive a commitment that the said timelines laid down by the Supreme Court would be respected and strictly followed without allowing for delays. “I also appeal to the experienced legal teams of the AFC and FIFA to guide...
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Important to hold elections at earliest, I will request FIFA president to give India 2-3 months’ time: Praful Patel | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Praful Patel, who was removed from the office of president of All India Football Federation (AIFF) by the Supreme Court, said he will call FIFA boss Gianni Infantino on Monday and request him to not ban the country and give two months' time to conduct elections. A joint team from FIFA and AFC is set to visit India to "understand the current situation" in the aftermath of the SC order to constitute a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to run the AIFF's day-to-day affairs. Besides urging Infantino, Patel, who sits in the all-powerful FIFA council, will also speak to Fatma Samoura, the secretary general of the world football governing body. Patel said holding elections at the earliest is critical. "I will speak to FIFA and tell them that whatever happens, if elections take place ...
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Praful Patel on AIFF elections: Dragging this issue can be very disastrous… please do not underestimate FIFA’s strength to take radical decisions

Fearing a FIFA ban, which could grind most activities to a halt, former All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said he will talk to FIFA president Gianni Infantino and secretary-general Fatma Samoura to request them not to take such strong action. Patel also said he’ll speak with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and ask them to expedite the election process, underlining that ‘dragging this issue can be very disastrous’ for Indian football. On Wednesday, due to a logjam in finalising AIFF’s constitution to hold elections, the Supreme Court formed a three-member CoA to look after the day-to-day affairs of the federation, thus bringing an unceremonious end to Patel’s stint as president. The Supreme Court also empowered the CoA – comprising ...