August 19 – Russia is on a collision course with FIFA over the number of cities and stadiums it uses for the 2018 World Cup. By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
October 30 – FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has dismissed a proposal by UEFA president Michel Platini to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams… Date for preliminary draw set. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
October 29 – FIFA’s concerns over racism in Russian football will be one of the topics discussed at a meeting between Jerome Valcke and the Russia 2018 LOC board in Kazan today… FIFA comms director Walter de Gregorio and Brazil 2014 speakers among participants at Play the Game conference.
October 28 – Sepp Blatter uses a speech to strongly defend his and FIFA’s corruption-hit reputations… The Swiss calls for tougher punishments for racism in separate address to FA’s 150th anniversary gala… Blatter to meet Emir of Qatar next week to discuss workers’ rights allegations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
24/1/2011 World Football INSIDER rounds up the 10 things you need to know about the global football business today.
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31/10/2010 Holland-Belgium bid CEO Harry Been tells INSIDER that FIFA faces an historic choice over the future format of the World Cup on its Dec. 2 bid D-day. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports
27/10/2010 Zimbabwean football is in turmoil following the sacking of the federation’s chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya and a match-fixing scandal… FIFA speaks to England and Russia World Cup bids amid ongoing row… Top-flight Brazilian clubs to hold AGM at Soccerex.
21/9/2010 Russia’s World Cup bid believes Prime Minister Vladimir Putin can have a major impact on the outcome of the 2018 race when he shows up in Zurich ahead of the Dec.2 vote… Bid CEO seeks to woo African FIFA Ex-co members with presentation. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Moscow.
20/9/2010 Saint Petersburg will host a World Cup semi-final in a 69,500-seat stadium with a moveable roof and retractable pitch if Russia is successful in its 2018 bid… Reporters on media tour meet bid leaders including Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports from Saint Petersburg.