July 28 – INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson rounds up the latest global football business news – Top sides suggest separate super league to end frustrations with FIFA, UEFA… Calls for stronger match-fixing legislation in Russia… China are going well in Asian qualifying for 2014 World Cup… Euro 2012 stadium in Lviv set to open.
July 5 – A British parliamentary report into England’s failed 2018 World Cup bid slams FIFA for giving “every impression of wishing to sweep all allegations of misconduct under the carpet”. The report published today calls for FIFA to urgently review its governance of bidding processes and the English FA to review its strategy for engaging with world football’s governing body. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 14 – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the Chilean who headed FIFA’s evaluation commission for the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding race, is named as a Latin American ambassador for Soccerex. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 4 – CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz claims he received an invitation to last week’s British royal wedding the day before the FIFA Executive decided on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts. It raises questions about the lengths some bid teams were willing to go to in order to secure votes. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
14/1/2011 Disgraced FIFA executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii are both appealing the bans they received for their roles in the cash-for-votes World Cup bidding scandal.
23/12/10 FIFA president Sepp Blatter again defends the selection of Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and takes a swipe at critics who continue to question the Dec. 2 decision. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
18/12/10 The MLS Chicago Fire seek a shirt sponsor… England 2018 bid backer considers suing FIFA over lost investment… Man United’s owners eye world-record kit deal with Nike… Guardiola defends Barcelona shirt deal… MP and Silva will distribute international rights for Arsenal’s Emirates Cup. More inside… INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
15/12/10 Russia’s World Cup bid chief Alexey Sorokin (pictured right) says England’s undignified reaction to his country winning 2018 hosting rights is regrettable… He claims his bid team ran a clean race and that Russia is now prepared for scrutiny to intensify as preparations begin… Sorokin promises to combat Russian football’s racism and hooliganism problem. More inside…
8/12/10 Russia’s football authorities investigate the shooting of a Spartak Moscow fan that sparked a massive protest in the capital and came just days after the country secured the FIFA World Cup… Russian Football Union president Sergey Fursenko says winning 2018 hosting rights will accelerate improvements in the game. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
2/12/10 Qatar bid chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani says FIFA’s “bold decision” to award the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time will be rewarded with a spectacular tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.