FIFA wants its money back. The governing body for world soccer filed claims in Swiss courts on Monday in an attempt to recover the CHF 2 million ($2.01 million) “illicitly paid” by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter to former FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini in February 2011. Platini, a three-time European Footballer of the Year, was
Former UEFA President Michel Platini has been arrested by French anti-corruption authorities in connection with the investigation into FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini’s arrest, first reported by the French website Mediapart, is the biggest move in a two-year investigation by France’s financial prosecutor services (PNF). The 2018 and 2022
FIFA awards Qatar with what are essentially two test events ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The FIFA Council, meeting in Paris on Monday, decided that the final two editions of the current seven-team format of the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Qatar in 2019 and 2020. Since the Club World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will not be expanding to 48 teams. FIFA President Gianni Infantino strongly supported efforts to grow the tournament from 32 teams and an internal feasibility study supporting the expansion was given full backing by the FIFA Council during its meeting in Miami in March. Increasing the number of
The president of the United States Soccer Federation, Carlos Cordeiro, confirmed his “total support” for the national women’s team with less than a month to go before the World Cup in France. Carlos Cordeiro was elected US Soccer president in February of 2018 (US Soccer) Cordeiro’s statements to Around the Rings come at a time when members
May 22 – The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy “welcomes Amnesty International’s contributions” to its campaign.
(WFI) Amnesty International says that the Qatari labor reforms have not done enough.
(WFI) Qatar 2022 World Cup says they have “worked tirelessly” to address claims of labor violations.
May 16 – Football’s governing body says its president “did not question” Qatar’s ability to host the World Cup when he called the decision to award the 2022 event to Qatar”a mistake”.
Feb. 13 – FIFA will hold the 2022 World Cup host to its pledge to improve its human rights record.