August 13 – Russia 2018 chief Alexey Sorokin says the World Cup is “not a stage for various views… not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life”. More in this exclusive interview with World Football INSIDER editor Mark Bisson.
Jan. 24 – IOC president Jacques Rogge talks to World Football INSIDER about Sepp Blatter’s FIFA reforms process, as the leaders of UEFA’s 53 member associations gather in Nyon today to discuss the most controversial proposals. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 24 – Hours after Baku is eliminated in the 2020 Olympics race, Azerbaijan teams up with Georgia for Euro 2020 bid. It provides competition for Turkey and a potential bid by Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland for the UEFA tournament… Istanbul 2020 Olympic bid puts increasing pressure on Turkish FA… Qatar also rejected by IOC. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 15 – Scotland, Wales and Ireland declare their interest in joining Turkey in the Euro 2020 bid contest, a move that will come as a huge relief to UEFA chief Michel Platini who was faced with gifting the tournament to the runners-up in the Euro 2016 race. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 2 – Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, may be punished by the International Olympic Committee next month following an ethics probe into bribery allegations relating to the ISL scandal. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 31 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter opens the 61st FIFA Congress by promising to combat the “dangers” lurking to the sport… IOC president Jacques Rogge tells delegates he believes FIFA “can emerge stronger” from its worst ever crisis. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from the congress in Zurich.
May 13 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is to visit Serbia, Israel and Palestine over the weekend… The Swiss tells Gazzetta dello Sport that FIFA will suffer “irreversible damage” if he is not re-elected. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
May 4 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is meeting Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble next week to establish a closer cooperation in the fight against illegal betting and match-fixing in football. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 6 – Jacques Rogge expresses satisfaction over decision by London 2012 chiefs to make West Ham Olympic stadium legacy tenant… No IOC intervention in Team GB football dispute… Rogge says Blatter is “a master in winning elections”. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from SportAccord in London.
14/1/2011 International Olympic Committee boss Jacques Rogge wants discussions with FIFA to avoid any potential clash between the Winter Olympics and Qatar World Cup in 2022… Rogge brushes aside Blatter criticism of IOC’s transparency as “slight incident”. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports from Lausanne.