FIFA president Gianni Infantino called for discussions over proposals to introduce salary and transfer fee caps to football in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. World football's governing body intends to finalize plans in the coming weeks for a financial relief package following the economic damage caused to the sport by the global health crisis.
Pep Guardiola went to war with his former club Barcelona on Wednesday as Manchester City's manager defended his current employers in the wake of their European ban. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has thanked UEFA for banning City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, a shock sentence handed out on Friday which the Premier League champions plan to appeal.
English champions Manchester City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons and fined 30 million Euros by European soccer's governing body UEFA after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
The British government called on football chiefs on Monday to do more to rid the sport of racism but stopped short of launching a full-scale inquiry demanded by the domestic players' union following the latest incident in the English game.
Argentina's fury at their Copa 2019 exit prompted reports they could play in UEFA, a suggestion which has been swiftly denied by the governing body. UEFA has denied reports it would entertain inviting Argentina into its European competitions following the 2019 Copa America.
Former FIFA president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died aged 100. The Brazilian, whose name is one of those used for the track and field stadium for the Rio Games (Estádio Olímpico João Havelange), played a key role in bringing the Olympics to his country. He called on IOC members at the host city vote in 2009 to join me in celebrating my 100th birthday' at the Rio Olympics.
FIFA peeled back another layer of secrecy this week as football’s governing body revealed for the first time how much money it was paying disgraced former president Sepp Blatter. The former FIFA chief, who was suspended with pay in October 2015 and later banned for unethical conduct, made $3.76 million last year. He did not earn a performance bonus but did pocket almost $450,000 for reaching 40 years of service at FIFA.
The five contenders for the FIFA throne pitched the regional confederations in Zurich on Thursday in a last-ditch plea for votes in Friday’s election. Sheikh Salman, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale made their appeals to CONCACAF, UEFA and Oceania congresses staged at various hotels in the Swiss city where Sepp Blatter’s successor will be 26 February.
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.
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!