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AFC Salman’s FIFA candidacy puts integrity checks to test

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s candidacy for the presidency of world football body FIFA is likely to serve as a litmus test for newly introduced integrity checks on the group’s executives. Sheikh Salman was a former football player and consistently refused, like other members of his ruling family, to respond …

James Dorsey

OECD holds FIFA responsible for Qatari World Cup-related labour conditions

  A Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has defined world football body FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group’s guidelines. As a result, the group concluded that FIFA is responsible for the upholding of the human and labour rights of workers employed in Qatar on 2022 …

James Dorsey

FIFA to rescue troubled Saudi King Salman

Palestine is a headache Saudi King Salman doesn’t need as he confronts rare demands from members of his ruling family that he and his son be removed from power, growing unease about a seven-month old devastating military campaign in Yemen that has caused devastation and mounting civilian casualties, widespread criticism of the kingdom’s handling of …

James Dorsey

Michel Platini set to run for FIFA presidency

After waiting in the wings for quite some time, it seems that UEFA boss Michel Platini will stand for the biggest job of them all. The Frenchman is expected to announce later this week. According to two officials familiar with Platini's plans, Michel Platini will run for FIFA president after the UEFA president received encouragement to run from most leaders…

Deutsche Welle

FIFA, Blatter offer Russia full support for 2018 World Cup

FIFA has passed a resolution offering Russia full support for holding the 2018 World Cup. FIFA President Sepp Blatter made the announcement ahead of the World Cup's preliminary draw in St. Petersburg. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced on Saturday that football's governing body had passed a resolution offering Russia full support for holding the 2018 World Cup. "I would like…

Deutsche Welle

FIFA announces 2018 World Cup schedule

Just over a year after Germany clinched its fourth World Cup crown in Brazil, FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Will Germany be at the final again? FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the eve of the qualifying draw in St Petersburg. Kickoff times for…

Deutsche Welle

FIFA’s Blatter unwittingly pinpoints football governance’s prime issues

By James M. Dorsey Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter unwittingly put his finger on two fundamental issues that underlie a corruption scandal that has rocked world football governance, the worst crisis in the sport’s history: the fiction that sports and politics are separate and hypocrisy that distorts legitimate debate about Qatar’s successful but controversial World …

Daily News Egypt

Reforming football governance: Tackling political corruption alongside financial wrongdoing

By James M. Dorsey The mushrooming governance scandal in world football body FIFA increasingly spotlights political, in addition to financial, corruption in global football. Revelations about government and corporate deals made to secure Germany’s hosting of the 2006 World Cup alongside the prominence of political figures in sports governance, frequently aligned with autocratic regimes, emphasises …

Daily News Egypt

FIFA U-20 World Cup begins in New Zealand

A total of 24 teams qualified from six continents are competing for the title. For Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria qualified to the tournament after they reached the semi-finals of African U-20 Championship that was held in Senegal.

Daily News Egypt

Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

By James M. Dorsey After four years of engagement with its critics in a so-far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region’s tendency to intimidate those who don’t fall into line may be a more effective strategy. In doing so, Qatar …

Daily News Egypt

AFC’s Salman re-elected amid renewed corruption and governance questions

By James M. Dorsey Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa has been elected president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a second term and vice president of world football body FIFA amid unanswered questions about the AFC’s handling of corruption investigations and his apparent failure to enforce good governance in his own organisation. In an …

Daily News Egypt

Israel chides club for racism in bid to fend off FIFA suspension

By James M. Dorsey Israel’s Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has demanded that notoriously racist club, Beitar Jerusalem, the bad boy of Israeli football, retract recent statements that it would maintain its policy of not hiring Palestinian players because of opposition by the team’s militant, racist fan base. The demand comes as Israel is fighting …

Daily News Egypt

Contours of future Israeli-Palestinian battles emerge on the football pitch

By James M. Dorsey Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations organisations and international sport associations involving charges of war crimes and efforts to suspend membership of one or the other are likely to shape future Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of last month’s electoral victory by Benjamin Netanyahu. The contours of the coming battles …

Daily News Egypt