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FIFA president Gianni Infantino one year on: Five things done and left to do

Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino marks one year in office on Feb. 26, having taken the helm during one of the most traumatic periods in the organisation's history.

Following the arrests of some of its most senior figures, the resignation of former president Sepp Blatter and with on-going corruption inquiries, Infantino has spent the past 12 months attempting to fulfill his promise to overhaul FIFA and restore its reputation.

Here we take a look at five things that he has done to help make that happen...

Platini attends first match since ban, as Manchester United beat St Etienne

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Michel Platini looks on from the stands as his former club St Etienne hosted Manchester United in the Europa League.

SAINT-ETIENNE, France -- Former UEFA president Michel Platini has returned to a football stadium for the first time since being handed a four-year suspension in 2016.

The France great watched from the stands as Saint-Etienne were knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United on Wednesday.

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Platini, who played for Saint-Etienne from 1979-82, is suspended from football-related activities for conflict of interest over a $2 million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA.

Platini did not go to...

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Gianni Infantino wants 2026 World Cup co-hosted by 'three or four' nations

Gianni Infantino says a co-hosted tournament would fit in with FIFA policy.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the 2026 World Cup could be co-hosted by three or four countries using four or five grounds each.

Speaking during a visit to 2022 hosts Qatar, he said the move would be "in line with our sustainability and legacy policies."

"We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term," he added.

"It is perfectly in line with our sustainability and legacy [policies] to maybe...

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Diego Maradona announces FIFA ambassador role via Facebook

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Diego Maradona has been given an ambassador role by FIFA.

Maradona, 56, led Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986 but has been a harsh critic of of the game's governing body over the years.

However, the former Boca Juniors and Barcelona man announced his new role with the organisation via his Facebook page on Thursday.

"Now it's official," Maradona said on his account. "Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football."

 By PA Sport

Scottish FA to appeal against FIFA fine over poppy tributes at Wembley

The Scottish and English FAs have both been fined by FIFA due to their players wearing poppies.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) will appeal against the fine imposed by FIFA over poppy tributes at Wembley.

The SFA, which was fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,692), has followed its English counterpart in deciding to challenge the sanctions, which were brought after the Nov. 11 World Cup qualifier between the two nations.

An SFA statement read: "We have received written reasons from FIFA's disciplinary committee relating to the sanction imposed for commemorating Remembrance Day during...

UEFA to ask for 16 places at expanded 2026 World Cup - Aleksander Ceferin

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.

Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup lineup, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

Last month, FIFA opted to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament.  Two teams will advance to the knockout round from each three-nation group.

Ceferin, speaking after the UEFA executive committee meeting, said: "We think it's realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European [team] is in a different group.

"I think all 16 can...