The SA Football Association (Safa) suspects Bafana Bafana’s defeat to Ghana in a crunch 2022 World Cup qualifier on Sunday night may have been fixed, and the sports body wants football governing body Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to investigate the conduct of the match officials. Senegalese[…]
Pro-Palestinian activists in South Africa are demanding that Tokyo Sexwale resigns from FIFA, ahead of today’s FIFA Council meeting taking place in India. The politician and anti-apartheid activist is the head of FIFA’s Israel Palestine Monitoring Committee. A group of Palestinian solidarity organisations such as South African Jews for a[…]
A decision on the future of Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank has been postponed once again after a member vote at the FIFA Congress in Bahrain. The Palestine Football Association (PFA) argued that the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing inside settlements,[…]
While the hunger strike of some 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention centres continues, another fight for Palestine is taking place in the sports arena. Following years of contestation against Israel’s continued acceptance into the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), activists in recent weeks have rallied around the[…]
An official from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Tuesday called on football’s ruling body FIFA to ban Israeli teams from playing matches in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank. “By allowing games to be held on Palestinian land where settlements have been built, FIFA is involved in political[…]
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini were both banned from soccer for eight years on Monday for ethics violations, leaving the global game leaderless as it struggles with a swirl of corruption cases. The pair, who were also fined, had been suspended in October while an[…]
Human rights organisations have reacted with alarm to the Bahraini royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa becoming the new favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, citing his family’s role in the brutal suppression of the country’s pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011. Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, is[…]
Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, and his possible successor, UEFA chief Michel Platini, have been provisionally suspended for 90 days by the global football body’s ethics committee. The committee also handed out a 90-day suspension to Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, who had already been put on leave by the football[…]
A Fifa official arrested in Switzerland has been extradited to the US as part of a corruption investigation into the international football governing body. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice did not name the official, but the news came six days after it was reported that Jeffrey Webb – one[…]
Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, a key figure in a US investigation into corruption by football officials, has been banned for life from football activities by the sport’s governing body. Blazer, who in 2013 secretly pleaded guilty in the US to bribery and financial offences, was found by FIFA’s[…]
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