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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sepp Blatter endorses Morocco bid over U.S. to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks to ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about his hopes of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being able to change any negative perceptions of both Russia and Qatar.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti the World Cup 'cannot afford' to be decided by an incorrect refereeing decision.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday endorsed Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup over the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Blatter, who is banned from any role in global football for financial misconduct, issued his backing for the event to return to Africa, where he still has support after championing South Africa's bid to host in 2010.

Referencing the joint bid from the North American countries, Blatter tweeted: "World Cup 2026: Co-Hosting rejected by FIFA...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA president Giovanni Infantino says VAR 'substantially' improved

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti the World Cup 'cannot afford' to be decided by an incorrect refereeing decision.

FIFA president Giovanni Infantino has told ESPN FC that video assistant referee (VAR) technology is improving, indicating that he believes it should be used at the World Cup.

Infantino said he had been "sceptical" about the technology, which attracted criticism in its early use, but added that statistics showed it was helping to get more decisions right.

He added that although "it has its critics," he believed tests carried out in match situations had been "extremely positive."

Speaking to ESPN...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino backs transfer-market reform

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti the World Cup 'cannot afford' to be decided by an incorrect refereeing decision.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino discusses the proposed transfer window changes and addresses inequalities within leagues with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino outlines the tasks facing newly-elected president of U.S. soccer Carlos Cordeiro.

ZURICH -- FIFA is evaluating a wide-ranging set of reforms to the transfer market that could impact everything from agents to commissions, youth development and transfer windows.

"For international transfers alone, we've seen some $6.4 billion circulating," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview. "This is double the amount just four or five years ago. You could say the system is healthy because there is lots of money. But the trend is worrying and that's why we need...

Swiss Rolled: How Alan Rothenberg became U.S. Soccer President and changed soccer in America

Alan Rothenberg was a relative outsider, but upon winning the 1990 election to become U.S. president, he helped lead the sport forward.
Alan Rothenberg was a relative outsider, but upon winning the 1990 election to become U.S. president, he helped lead the sport forward.

This story is from the winter/spring 2018 issue of Howler, a quarterly magazine about soccer. Get 20 percent off a subscription with promo code HOWLER14 at shop.howlermagazine.com.

THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION stands at a crossroads of its own making. With a reported budget surplus of $130 million, its financial position has never been healthier. But after the American men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, fans, the media and voices within the federation itself began to call for...

Argentina rejects extradition of official charged in FIFA corruption scandal

Jose Luis Meiszner is under investigation by Argentine authorities on money laundering and electronic fraud charges.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A federal judge in Argentina has rejected an extradition request by the United States for the former CONMEBOL secretary general who has been charged in the FIFA corruption scandal.

A source for the federal court of Quilmes said on Thursday the judge turned down the extradition request because Argentina is already investigating Jose Luis Meiszner for similar money laundering and electronic fraud charges.

The court source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA president Gianni Infantino: We must tackle rising agents' fees

Get a quick recap of the biggest spenders in the Premier League during the January transfer window.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that world football's governing body must tackle the amount of money being paid to agents.

Infantino, speaking after transfer deadline day, said he was "very concerned" about the cash that was "flowing" out of the game.

Figures showed that English teams had paid a highest-ever total of £174 million to agents last season, and Infantino said: "We have to tackle this issue -- the curtains must be open.

"I am very concerned about the huge amount...