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Protesters disrupt Fifa visit to stadium in Brazil

Demonstrators protest against the 2014 World Cup in Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba in Brazil. Photo: Reuters

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

Chelsea's midfielder John Mikel Obi talking with referee Mark Clattenburg during a match against Manchester United earlier this month. There were complaints about racist comments during the game. Photo: AFP

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

Wu Ching-kuo

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

Luiz Felipe Scolari. Photo: EPA

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

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli gestures to Roma supporters after being subjected to racist chants on May 12. Photo: EPA

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

Sepp Blatter

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

Maurizio Zamparini. Photo: AP

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

Photo: AP

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

Chuck Blazer. Photo: AP

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

Bin Hammam’s presence felt at Asian elections

 Mohamed bin Hammam. Photo: AP

Expelled by Fifa for alleged corruption, Mohamed bin Hammam is barred from attending elections on Thursday to finally replace him as Asia’s top football official.

Still, the Qatari’s career is inevitably linked with all candidates seeking to succeed him as the Asian Football Confederation president and member of the Fifa executive committee.

1 May 2013 - 1:22pm

Havelange quits Fifa post following bribery investigation

Joao Havelange. Photo: AP

Joao Havelange has resigned as honorary president of Fifa following an investigation into a bribery case involving ISL, the former marketing partner of world soccer’s governing body, a Fifa report said on Tuesday.

The report by Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the adjudictary chamber of Fifa’s ethics committee, said Havelange quit his post on April 18.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:20pm 1 comment

Short Soccer, March 9, 2013

Hearts defender Danny Wilson insists his side can put their off-field problems to one side and triumph in tomorrow's Edinburgh derby against Hibernian at Easter Road. 

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Fifa security chief calls for strict match-fixing laws

Fifa Director of Security Ralf Mutschke listens to a speech at the Interpol conference on match-fixing conference in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA

Fifa's director of security Ralf Mutschke told a two-day gathering with Interpol that the world governing body's "zero tolerance" for match-fixing must be buttressed by "the right policies for law enforcement and the football community".

21 Feb 2013 - 10:59pm

Thai football boss to meet Fifa over fixing claim

Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi. Photo: AP

Thailand’s football chief ways he will fly to Malaysia to meet Fifa and Interpol officials on Thursday over allegations of match fixing during last year’s Thai FA Cup final.

20 Feb 2013 - 1:35pm