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FIFA President Gianni Infantino gets ASEAN backing for re-election

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received another pledge of support in his campaign for re-election next year.

The ASEAN group of national soccer federations in southeast Asia says its members "unanimously declared their support for Mr. Infantino."

The regional group has 12 voters -- including Australia, Indonesia and Thailand -- among the 211 FIFA member federations which can take part in the June 5 ballot in Paris.

Infantino has public promises of support in each continental governing body outside...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino: Most federations favour 48-team World Cup in 2022

Amnesty International claims that workers at the Qatar’s Lusail Stadium site have not been paid
A decision on the expansion of the 2022 World Cup will be made by March, says Gianni Infantino.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a majority of national football federations were in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

Infantino said a decision would be made by March, although it was still not clear whether an enlarged tournament would be feasible as it would be "difficult" to stage in Qatar alone.

Qatar has been locked in a bitter dispute with Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain that has complicated the prospect of...

FIFA bans Afghanistan FA boss Keramuudin Karim after abuse reports

FIFA has provisionally banned the head of the Afghanistan Football Federation following accusations of sexual and physical abuse of female players.

In a statement, FIFA says Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim's 90-day suspension "may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case."

FIFA did not specify the details of the charge, only saying the "sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities...

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FIFA task force holds first meeting over revamped Club World Cup, Global Nations League

Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

A task force set up to examine FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and a Global Nations League held its first meeting on Sunday to look at possible formats, dates and slot allocations.

Infantino has proposed a revamped Club World Cup, which would be played every four years with up to 24 teams, while his Nations League would take the form of a mini World Cup with an eight-team final tournament every two years.

He has said that his plans are backed by an investment consortium...

Ex-FIFA official Rafael Salguero sentenced in corruption case

A former FIFA official from Guatemala has been sentenced to time served in international football's corruption scandal.

Rafael Salguero was credited at his sentencing on Thursday with cooperating in the sprawling U.S. case accusing several football officials of accepting more than $200 million dollars in bribes.

The former head of Guatemala football had pleaded guilty to taking bribes in a sealed proceeding in 2016.

According to a transcript of his plea that was unsealed earlier this week, he told...

Manchester City get biggest payout for 2018 World Cup participants

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident the club can keep their star players now that they are regularly challenging for trophies.

English champions Manchester City are the biggest beneficiaries from the $209 million handed out by FIFA to clubs who released players for the 2018 World Cup, the global football body said on Tuesday.

City will receive $5 million, ahead of Real Madrid ($4.81m), Tottenham Hotspur ($4.38m), Barcelona ($4.14m) and Paris St Germain ($3.89m), FIFA said.

They are followed by Chelsea, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AS Monaco.

In all, English clubs -- including those from the lower tiers...