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Platini detained as part of 2022 World Cup probe

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained on suspicion of corruption.

Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, was detained in Paris early on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The detention and questioning of the former French football star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and has since been confirmed to ESPN FC by judicial sources. However, he has denied any wrongdoing.

His public relations team says the former UEFA president is "absolutely confident''...

Pogba's agent cleared to resume transfers

Steve Nicol weighs in on the latest transfer rumours, including Paul Pogba back to Juventus, Gianluigi Donnarumma to PSG, Joao Cancelo to Man City and more.

Mino Raiola, the agent who represents players including Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, has had his worldwide ban lifted by FIFA.

Earlier this month, world football's governing body extended a three-month ban imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) to have worldwide effect.

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The reasoning behind the ban -- which meant Raiola would have been unable to do deals until Aug. 9,...

Infantino re-elected as president of FIFA

FIFA president Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino has be re-elected as president of FIFA.

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as FIFA president for a second term after running unopposed, and praised the manner in which the the organisation has moved away from the scandals which had plagued predecessor Sepp Blatter.

Infantino replaced Blatter as head of world football's governing body in 2016 following the biggest scandal in FIFA history and his second term will see him lead until 2023.

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Aussies demand Women's World Cup pay parity

Julie Ertz, Megan Rapinoe and others delve into who the biggest challenger will be for the U.S., and you'll be quite surprised by their answers.
Megan Rapinoe and other USWNT players explain what it'll take for the United States to win back-to-back World Cup titles.

FIFA is under pressure to introduce parity in prize money between the men's and women's World Cups, with the Australian national women's team leading the charge for equality.

The Matildas, with support from their players union -- Professional Footballers Australia -- are prepared to take FIFA to court if it won't lift payments to female football on the back of public support.

Teams at the 2019 Women's World Cup will be fighting for just 7.5 percent of the purse handed out to the 2018 men's World...

CONCACAF 'open' to competition with CONMEBOL

U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.
U.S.'s Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to explain how his style fits in CONCACAF and his thoughts on the Nations League.

The head of CONCACAF says it could work with South America on a future tournament, if the project is based on soccer development rather than money.

The United States hosted a centenary Copa America in 2016 with all 10 South American teams and six from North America. It was won by Chile.

Talks then broke down between CONCACAF and South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL over a repeat event in the U.S. in 2020.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says "we are open" to future cooperation,...

FIFA ban former OFC secretary Tai Nicholas

Tai Nicholas
Tai Nicholas was found guilty of misappropriating FIFA funds linked to the construction of a new headquarters for the OFC in Auckland.

FIFA has banned former Oceania Football Confederation general secretary Tai Nicholas from the game for eight years for financial misconduct.

The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee imposed the punishment after finding Nicholas guilty of misappropriating FIFA funds linked to the construction of a new headquarters for the OFC in Auckland, New Zealand and for accepting benefits in violation of the ethics code.

Nicholas was also fined 50,000 Swiss francs in the latest punishment for financial...