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Ex-English soccer federation chief rips ‘mafia family’ FIFA for years of corruption

FIFA a ‘mafia family’ says ex FA chief (via AFP) Football’s world governing body acts like a “mafia family” with head Sepp Blatter its “Don Corleone” according to a former chairman of England’s Football Association. Lord David Triesman was speaking Wednesday after renewed criticism of FIFA, football…   [Image via…

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter lashes out at ‘destroyers’ over Qatar World Cup criticism

Blatter takes aim at FIFA ‘destroyers’ (via AFP) World football chief Sepp Blatter blasted critics trying to “destroy” FIFA on Monday as he launched a staunch defence of his scandal-tainted organisation. Blatter, 78, who is poised to announce his candidacy for a fifth term as president of football…   [Image…

FIFA preparing ‘biological passport’ for every World Cup player

FIFA is on an ambitious mission to make sure that for the first time every player who takes part in the World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport’. Football’s governing body wants to impose the passport — already used in cycling and athletics — that will…

Gunmen in Mexico kill 17 as FIFA tournament opens

MONTERREY, Mexico (AFP) – At least 17 people were killed in a string of attacks in Mexico, authorities said Sunday, including a shooting at a bar in Monterrey just hours after the opening of soccer’s Under-17 World Cup. Gunmen stormed the bar in Mexico’s third largest city late Saturday and…

Suarez to FIFA: In your FACE! FIFA to Suarez: Shrug

Suarez gets ready for a flying elbow drop to sportsmanship The decision of FIFA to limit Suarez’ ban to one match would be perplexing enough, if Suarez wasn’t rubbing all our noses in it: The ‘Hand of God’ now belongs to me. Mine is the real ‘Hand Of God’. “I…

Going Home

It’s no surprise, but Koman Coulibaly has been sent packing. For Wednesday’s game, FIFA have assigned Frank De Bleeckere, a Belgian with significant experience at this level, including the 2006 Champions League matches between Barcelona and Chelsea.…

Chelsea given transfer death penalty by FIFA

Breaking: Chelsea have been banned from signing any new players until 2011, after Fifa accused them of illegally inducing a French youth-team player to join the club in 2007. Fifa’s dispute resolution chamber today released a statement fining Gaël Kakuta €780,000 following a complaint from FC Lens and finding Chelsea…

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