2 jobs put FIFA’s Samoura in conflict on African TV rights
A pledge by Fatma Samoura to hand over her duties as FIFA's top administrator to avoid conflicts of interest while running African football's troubled confederation lasted a day.
CAIRO (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised unwavering support for the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional African soccer confederation on Thursday as he deflected criticism by Sepp Blatter...
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has launched a program teaching soccer bodies worldwide how to safeguard children from abuse.
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura says it "has a duty and responsibility...
LE HAVRE, France (AP) — FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings Wednesday against Cameroon for players' conduct during the team's loss to England in the Women's World Cup.
FIFA and Europe are in another rift, this one over the hasty decision to send secretary general Fatma Samoura to lead an attempted clean-up of the scandal-plagued African confederation.
FIFA is conducting racism risk assessments for all 2022 World Cup qualifiers and sending observers to matches where there is a high prospect of discriminatory incidents.
FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final...
Soccer activists campaign for release of Bahraini refugee
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer activists campaigning for the release of a Bahraini refugee player detained in Thailand say his plight has become an emergency.
Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain had formally submitted an extradition request to Thailand for the return of Hakeem al-Araibi. The former Bahrain national team player has refugee status in Australia and fears being tortured in his home country.
FIFA asks Thai premier to release Bahraini soccer player
The Thai government has been asked by FIFA's leadership to release a Bahraini soccer player who is in detention while embroiled in extradition proceedings despite having refugee status in Australia.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura called for an urgent "humane outcome" to the case of Hakeem al-Araibi, who lives in Melbourne but was arrested while on vacation in Thailand last month on an Interpol notice.
FIFA to meet women’s group fighting Iran stadium ban
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura will meet women campaigning to be allowed into Saturday's Asian Champions League final in Iran where they are legally barred from stadiums.
Samoura says she is meeting Thursday in Zurich with Open Stadiums activists who have a 200,000-name petition.
The 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran will host Persepolis trying to overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Kashima Antlers of Japan.
FIFA threatens to suspend Peru if law is changed
LIMA, Peru (AP) — FIFA has threatened to suspend the Peruvian soccer federation if the country's congress changes a law affecting the local body's statutes.
The Peruvian federation said on Twitter on Thursday that a letter sent by FIFA's secretary-general Fatma Samoura threatens to suspend Peru if there is any change in the law.
The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar
MOSCOW (AP) — The "next" World Cup got plenty of hype in Russia. A massive cube was alight with video images of "Qatar 2022" in Gorky Park, while the ground floor of the high-end shopping mall at Red Square was devoted to displays touting the event.
But apart from a social media campaign, there was little attention on the (actual) next senior World Cup: the women's tournament next year in France.
MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russia and will attend his country's World Cup game against Poland in Moscow.
Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent group that campaigns against racism and anti-gay abuse in sports has accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from its premises in the city.
The Fare Network, which helps FIFA and UEFA investigate cases of discriminatory behavior by fans, had planned to operate "diversity houses" in Moscow and St. Petersburg during the World Cup with exhibitions and talks on human rights.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has invited human rights activists and media to make formal complaints if they cannot work freely at international soccer events.
The world soccer body says it "reflects FIFA's expectations of third parties," including tournament organizers and member federations.
The online reporting tool is launched two weeks after a German journalist who exposed Russian doping had his visa for the World Cup declared invalid, then reinstated.
World Cup bid ethics case into FIFA’s Samoura dropped
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Secretary General Fatma Samoura has been cleared in an ethics case brought with "no substance" linked to the 2026 World Cup bidding contest.
A complaint was made to FIFA's ethics division, claiming Samoura failed to declare she was a relative of former Senegal player El Hadji Diouf, who is an ambassador for the Moroccan bid in the contest against North America.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he retains "full confidence" in secretary general Fatma Samoura after an attempt to embroil her in an ethics investigation.
Samoura has expressed irritation at "totally ridiculous and baseless" claims she broke FIFA rules by not declaring an alleged conflict of interest in the 2026 World Cup bidding contest.
FIFA lifts ban on 2026 World Cup voters publicly backing bid
LONDON (AP) — A ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid has been lifted by FIFA in the face of criticism from soccer officials.
The governing body last month ordered officials not to openly discuss the merits of either the joint Northern American bid, featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico, or the rival Morocco contender.
FIFA meets with Spanish officials to discuss govt. meddling
MADRID (AP) — FIFA and Spanish officials are calling for a quick resolution to the problems involving Spain's soccer federation, but there are no warnings of an imminent suspension that could jeopardize the national team's participation in the World Cup.
A FIFA delegation led by secretary general Fatma Samoura met with local officials on Monday in a "spirit of full cooperation" to discuss concerns about government meddling in the federation.
FIFA says doping is not widespread in Russian soccer
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA defended Russia's right to host the World Cup amid a series of doping scandals, saying Tuesday that there is no sign of "widespread" drug use in Russian soccer.
Russia has been stripped of dozens of Olympic medals for doping and cover-ups, including tampering with samples.
Soccer is among the sports where positive tests were apparently covered up, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation last year.
Former top UN official: FIFA leaders ‘violate’ conduct rules
LONDON (AP) — A former top United Nations official cited FIFA leaders who "violate ... standards of good conduct" when she resigned from a role monitoring integrity at soccer's world body.
South African judge Navi Pillay said in an email published on Friday that FIFA put "undue influence" on her governance committee colleague Miguel Maduro, who barred Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko from re-election to FIFA's ruling council.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.
FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said Friday that curbing problems now is "exactly the whole purpose" of anti-discrimination work at the World Cup rehearsal tournament.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA is still waiting for details on players implicated in an investigation of doping in Russian soccer, secretary general Fatma Samoura said on Thursday.
WADA investigator Richard McLaren published hundreds of pages of documents in December alleging widespread drug use and cover-ups in Russian sports. Some cases appear to involve the Russia Under-17 and Under-21 soccer teams.
Israeli, Palestinian leaders meet with FIFA on soccer issues
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have met with its envoy trying to broker better relations between the two sides' soccer federations.
FIFA says its monitoring committee chairman, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, held separate talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday.
England, Scotland to defy FIFA over poppies, face sanctions
LONDON (AP) — England and Scotland will face FIFA sanctions after insisting their players will wear black armbands with embroidered poppies to honor Britain's war dead for a match between the neighbors.
England and Scotland will meet for a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, Britain's Remembrance Day, when British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I are honored.