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Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid to undergo more FIFA scrutiny

ICC organizer Charlie Stillitano suggests Morocco's late 2026 World Cup bid is no match for the North American joint bid.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

Morocco's World Cup bid is facing fresh scrutiny this week with the arrival of another delegation from FIFA after an initial task force found deficiencies in the proposals for the 2026 tournament.

In a downbeat conclusion to the visit by the FIFA inspectors last week, Morocco's bid leader acknowledged it had to improve the quality of the submission made to FIFA in March because inadequacies were identified by football's governing body.

The previously unplanned second inspection of Morocco is an...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gianni Infantino calls emergency meeting for $25bn Club World Cup offer - report

Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup.

Gianni Infantino has called an emergency FIFA Council meeting to discuss a $25 billion offer to reinvent the Club World Cup, according to a report in the New York Times.

The newspaper reported two weeks ago that FIFA president Infantino had brought up an investment group's proposal at March's FIFA Council meeting in Colombia, but the governing body's leaders tabled the motion.

Under the plan as reported, the annual seven-team event would transform by 2021 into a quadrennial tournament with...

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FIFA dismisses racist abuse claim made by England U17 player after probe

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Morgan Gibbs-White
It was claimed Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused during England's Under-17 World Cup final against Spain.

FIFA's willingness to prosecute racism complaints at the World Cup in Russia was questioned by activists on Thursday after the governing body dropped a case from the Under-17 World Cup without taking action.

England striker Rhian Brewster reported overhearing teammate Morgan Gibbs-White being called a "monkey" by a Spanish opponent during their team's 5-2 victory in India last October.

FIFA's disciplinary panel concluded there was a "lack of sufficient evidence that could corroborate the English...

Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Celta Vigo fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations

Benfica's Estadio da Luz
Benfica, who play at Estadio da Luz, have been fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations.

FIFA have fined Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, as well as Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, for third-party involvement in transfer deals.

The organisation announced on Thursday the sanctions given to several clubs and federations who have breached FIFA regulations but did not reveal which transfers had led to the punishment.

Benfica, second in the Primeira Liga, were fined 150,000 Swiss francs (approximately £109,000 or $155,000) for entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence...

 By PA Sport

Congo FA president Constant Omari arrested on corruption charges

Constant Omari has been arrested in Kinshasa.

FIFA's attempts to rebuild its credibility received another blow when it emerged that Congolese Federation of Association Football (FECOFA) president Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges in Kinshasa.

Omari is also a vice-president of the African Football Confederation and has been a member of FIFA's all-powerful Council since 2015.

The most powerful man in football in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Omari was arrested late on Tuesday along with two other FECOFA officials, Theobald...

FIFA council member arrested, questioned on suspicion of embezzlement

FIFA council member Constant Omari
Constant Omari, a FIFA council member, is being questioned on suspicion of embezzlement.

FIFA council member Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges related to his role as president of the football federation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Omari, who is also a vice president of the Confederation of African Football, was arrested on Tuesday and is accused of embezzling money given to the federation by the government to help fund the DR Congo national team and Congolese clubs.

He was arrested along with two other federation officials and a sports ministry official....