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Protesters disrupt Fifa visit to stadium in Brazil

A group of about 50 protesters vandalised part of the construction site of a World Cup stadium and chanted anti-Fifa slogans during an inspection by organisers in Cuiaba on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, 1:14pm

Fifa plans league table of nations’ with racism problems

Fifa plans to create an international league table of countries which have problems with racism and discrimination in sports.

 At a United Nations forum on racism and football on Monday, Fifa delegate Tokyo Sexwale said the global “barometer” was central to the football governing body’s work to tackle discrimination.

8 Oct 2013 - 1:40pm

Fifa seeks answers from Moscow on gay law ahead of 2018 World Cup

Legislation prohibiting "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" has provoked an international furore since President Vladimir Putin signed off on it in June and sparked growing concern at the IOC leading to the Sochi Winter Games in February.

16 Aug 2013 - 3:38am

Brazilians out to boost nation with Cup success

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says their Confederations Cup semifinal against Uruguay in Belo Horizonte is a chance to provide a huge morale boost for a nation in turmoil after days of protests against corruption and maladministration.

26 Jun 2013 - 1:28pm

New Zealand probed over ineligible player in qualifier

New Zealand are being investigated for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier, although they will still have won the Oceania group whatever the outcome, Fifa said on Friday.

Soccer’s world governing body said it had opened proceedings against New Zealand in connection with 2-0 win away to the Solomon Islands on March 26.

22 Jun 2013 - 4:48pm

Those who ignore racism are bad sports

Picture this. As the visiting team's national anthem is played, a small but vocal minority of the home crowd expresses its discriminatory sentiments with whistling and hostile chanting. During the match, the home fans continually jeer the opposition players, visiting supporters and officials. It gets worse when the home team are defeated and the fans intensify their racial abuse by pelting opposition players and supporters with whatever objects they have at hand.

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14 Jun 2013 - 4:02pm 1 comment

Fifa adopts resolution to toughen sanctions in bid to curb racism

Fifa's Congress in Mauritius yesterday adopted a resolution that will lead to tougher sanctions in cases of racism, including points deductions and even relegation for repeat offenders.

The soccer congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution, with 204 votes for and just one against.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:03am

Zamparini in dock over Blatter, Platini comments

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is facing disciplinary action after being reported to the Italian football federation (FIGC) for “harming the reputation” of Fifa president Sepp Blatter as well as Uefa chief Michel Platini.

21 May 2013 - 11:10am

Fifa expect attendance record at Confederations Cup

This year’s Confederations Cup in Brazil will be the best-attended ever with nearly 600,000 of the 826,000 tickets already sold despite delays caused by stadiums being ready late, soccer’s world governing body Fifa said on Tuesday.

8 May 2013 - 10:54am

Fifa exco member Blazer provisionally banned

Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer was provisionally suspended on Monday, less than one month after he was accused of financial mismanagement in his role as general secretary of the Concacaf confederation.

The 68-year-old American, who is due to stand down from the executive committee on May 30, was suspended by Fifa’s ethics committee with immediate effect.

7 May 2013 - 10:53am