Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 05:33 UTC

Africa's decisive 54 votes pledged to Sheikh Salam's bid for FIFA presidency

CAF ExCo urged all 54 member associations  to reserve their votes for Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa during the Feb elections for FIFA  presidency

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is backing Sheikh Salman in the Bahraini royal’s bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Africa’s 54 members represent a large portion of the total of 209 FIFA voters who are eligible to cast a ballot. Not surprisingly, it’s believed that the candidate who gets the support of Africa will be a big favorite.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Argentine government creates registry to weed out hooligans from football

 Fans involved in violent instances in the past will be placed on a list that includes full names, DNI number, favoured teams and reason for the measures

The Argentine government officially unveiled the National Registry for Admission to Football Matches. The measure was announced by the Security Ministry, which released a statement saying they “needed the cooperation from the clubs affiliated with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), who will bring us the names of the people who are not allowed to attend soccer matches.”

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 11:59 UTC

FIFA puts Conmebol and Concacaf funding 'on hold' given 'current proceedings'

“...in light of current proceedings involving individuals related to Conmebol and Concacaf, FIFA has put contributions... on hold until further notice,”

FIFA has cut off funding to the corruption-hit confederations for football in the Americas, the global football body said on Monday, in a move which could cause future cash flow problems for the two organizations.

Friday, January 29th 2016 - 04:25 UTC

CONMEBOL unanimous support for Infantino; crucial meeting of African football

“I am honored to have the unanimous support of my colleagues at CONMEBOL and I’d like to thank them”, Infantino said in a statement.

Gianni Infantino the UEFA secretary general on Thursday picked up unanimous support for his FIFA presidency bid from the ten members of CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football. Also on Thursday, Trinidad & Tobago endorsed Infantino. On Monday, the seven federations of Central American football announced their support.

Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Guanabara Bay pollution at the heart of Olympics sailing competition controversy

Andy Hunt took over just two weeks ago as the new CEO, and sailing is still scheduled to begin in August in the sewage-filled Guanabara bay.

The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a “B plan” but says “I was told to gag myself on the subject.”

Wednesday, January 27th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Infantino secures support from CONCACAF for his FIFA presidency bid

Infantino said he was “delighted” to secure UNCAF’s backing. “Thank you @UNCAF for the support. Together we can take FIFA forward,” he tweeted

Gianni Infantino has won the support of the seven-member Central American Football Union in his bid for the FIFA presidency. Leaders of the UNCAF federations, which are part of CONCACAF, endorsed the UEFA general secretary in a letter on Monday that Infantino posted on his Twitter page.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 08:29 UTC

Paraguay's Dominguez, expected to be confirmed Conmebol president on Tuesday

Alejandro Domìnguez, (43) is a Paraguayan economist, belonging to one of the richest families in the country is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday

Conmebol the South American football confederation rattled by corruption and massive arrests of its former members (except Uruguay's), involved in the major FIFA scandal, has a president, and if nothing happens from here to election day, 26 January, he is Alejandro Domìnguez, (43) a Paraguayan economist, belonging to one of the richest families in the country.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 12:41 UTC

Infantino proposes spreading FIFA' World Cup across regions and not limited to wealthy countries

Infantino has a plan to expand World Cup to 40 teams, allowing several countries to stage matches ensuring it is not limited to just a few wealthy potential hosts.

The World Cup could be spread across entire regions, emulating the continent-wide 2020 European Championship, if Gianni Infantino wins the FIFA presidential election next month. The UEFA secretary general used his manifesto to say FIFA should not limit the tournament to be being held in one or two countries. The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the only time the event has been co-hosted.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 04:04 UTC

Infantino secures backing from several European federations for his FIFA presidency bid

German FA leader Reinhard Rauball said Infantino was the best-equipped candidate to replace Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Gianni Infantino has secured the backing of the German and Icelandic FAs and could end the week with significant support from Europe’s 53 federations after meetings in Nyon. The Iceland FA confirmed support on Thursday, with Infantino tweeting “Many thanks to the Football Association of Iceland for the support. Together we can take FIFA forward!”

Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 10:31 UTC

Dead fish and garbage in Rio's Guanabara Bay question Brazil's Olympic celebrations

“Officials found rubbish in the water and on the beach as well as a considerable number of dead fish all from the same species of sardine,” said city officials

Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Rio’s Guanabara Bay during the week, not far from where events are being held at this year’s Olympic Games, environmental officials said. The incident was the latest involving water quality in the bay, where sailing, open water swimming, and triathlon races are due to take place during the Games in August.

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