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  • Afghan woman among nine new IOC members as Coe, Infantino miss out

    Buenos Aires: Samira Asghari, a 24-year-old Afghan woman, was among nine new International Olympic Committee members elected Tuesday, but there was still no place for either IAAF president Sebastian Coe or FIFA head Gianni Infantino. “She’s a lady who is doing a fantastic job to promote women’s sports in Afghanistan,” IOC president Thomas Bach said of Asghari, who made her name as captain of the Afghan women’s basketball team before holding several

  • FIFA World Cup 2018: FIFA president Gianni Infantino celebrates ‘best World Cup’ ever

    Moscow: FIFA president Gianni Infantino thanked the Russian people and government on Friday for what he described as the “best World Cup” ever. Sporting a FIFA volunteers’ jacket, Infantino told reporters in Moscow that Russia’s infrastructure and welcome allied to the quality of football and success of VAR (the video assistant referee system) had contributed to the success of the tournament.

  • FIFA World Cup 2018: FIFA invites rescued Thai boys to London awards event

    Moscow: The boys soccer team in Thailand rescued from a flooded cave this week has been invited to FIFA’s annual awards event. FIFA President Gianni Infantino says they will be invited to come to London, where the world’s best player prize will be presented on September 24.

  • Russian president Putin says football remains a non-political sport

    Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose country is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, insisted on Wednesday, the eve of the competition’s opening game, that football remained a non-political sport and that his country was ready to welcome fans from around the world.

  • FIFA finances ‘extremely solid’ – Infantino

    Manama : FIFA president Gianni Infantino has claimed that the finances of football’s governing body were “extremely solid”, despite it posting a $369 million loss earlier this year.

  • Russia ‘on track’ to hold 2018 WC: FIFA chief

    Zurich : Russia is following an approved schedule in organising the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, world football governing body FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino has said.

  • Infantino wants to bring ‘FIFA back to football’

    Dubai : FIFA president Gianni Infantino presented here on Wednesday a package of reforms and changes in the world football governing body which had been shaken by corruption scandals.

  • FIFA insists VAR extremely positive

    VAR was used in an official FIFA match for the first time in Wednesday’s semi-final between Atletico Nacional and Kashima Antlers to award the Japanese side a penalty.

  • Bodies of Colombia plane crash victims flown home

    Medellin : The bodies of the 71 victims killed in a plane crash in Colombia that wiped out a Brazilian football team returned home, as mourners prepared a massive funeral, reports AFP.

  • FIFA’s acting Secretary General Markus Kattner sacked

    Zurich: FIFA’s acting secretary general, the German-Swiss Markus Kattner, was dismissed with immediate effect, after an internal investigation had uncovered “breaches of fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract”.

  • FIFA President Infantino sad ex-boss Platini remains banned

    Mexico City: Gianni Infantino expressed sadness that Michel Platini failed to overturn his ban, despite the new FIFA president gaining soccer’s top job after charges of financial wrongdoing knocked his former boss out of the race.

  • FIFA delegation to begin inspection of 2018 World Cup preparations

    Moscow: A delegation from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) will begin on Tuesday its third planned inspection visit to Russia to evaluate the country’s preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The current ten-day inspection visit of FIFA delegates kicks off on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, one of the 11 cities across Russia to host the matches of the much-anticipated global football tournament, reports Tass.

  • New FIFA boss Infantino takes budget flight to cut costs

    London: New FIFA president Gianni Infantino started his reign by taking a budget flight to his first significant meeting, in order to cut the costs of the world football governing body. The 45-year-old new FIFA boss flew to Bristol from Geneva on the low-cost easyJet airline on Friday ahead of the weekend’s International Football Association Board AGM in Cardiff, reports Xinhua.

  • Sepp Blatter Warns Gianni Infantino

    Zurich : Tainted former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has warned his successor Gianni Infantino that the road ahead will be tough adding that friends will become increasingly difficult to come by in the corridors of power.

  • RIGht man AT right time?

    Europe’s Gianni Infantino wins FIFA presidency

  • He has ‘qualities to continue my work’: Sepp Blatter

    Zurich : Sepp Blatter congratulated Gianni Infantino on being elected his successor as FIFA president following a campaign focused on the need to condemn his scandal-plagued 18-year era to the past.

  • Want to see football develop in India: FIFA chief Infantino

    Zurich: Newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to see Indian football develop in the coming years. Infantino won the FIFA presidential election on Friday, succeeding Sepp Blatter, who was suspended for six years following a corruption scandal which led to a massive outcry. The UEFA general secretary, who had been UEFA chief Michel Platini’s right-hand man for long, secured 115 votes out of 207 in the second round of polls.

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    New president vows to make people proud of FIFA

    Zurich: Gianni Infantino, in his first comments after being elected the new FIFA president here, said he will work to restore credibility to world football’s governing body after the scandals that toppled predecessor Sepp Blatter after 18 years in the post.

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