Lewandowski among nominees for FIFA Best player of the year
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was named among the nominees on Wednesday for the FIFA Best award, but no German male was included.Lewandowski scored 55 goals in all competitions last season to help Bayern to a Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League treble. The Pole has already won the Germany and UEFA player of the season awards and is favourite for FIFA's prize. France Football's Ballon d'Or is not happening this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men's nominees are Thiago Alcantara (Spain/Bayern/Liverpool),Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgi...
DR Congo FA Boss Takes Over CAF
Constant Omari SelemaniThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the Confederation’s first Vice-President, Congolese Constant Omari Selemani, as interim President of the confederation until March 2021.Omari, President of DR Congo FA’s inauguration comes after the Ethics Committee of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) issued its decision to suspend Ahmad Ahmad, the CAF President for a period of five years after breaching the FIFA Code of Conduct.On Monday, FIFA affirmed in an official statement that its ethics committee issued its decision after proven f...
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Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021
Qatar will host a 22-team football tournament for Arab nations next year, FIFA announced on Wednesday, in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.Speaking from the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the first-of-its-kind tournament will be played between 1 and 18 August and should be followed by millions of fans in the Arab world."We are delighted that all 22 teams from across the Arab world have agreed to take part in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, which will be held in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums, and we are looking forward to seeing the region's best teams battle it ou...
Why FIFA banned CAF Boss Ahmad Ahmad
FIFA ethics committee on Monday banned CAF President Ahmad Ahmad for breaching codes relating to duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of office and misappropriation of funds.Ahmad, a former government official in Madagascar, was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000).Ahmad’s first term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.Ahmad, a 60-year-old, vice-president of world governing body FIFA, has been found to have breached codes relating to duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of position and misapp...
African football chief Ahmad banned for five years
FIFA has banned African football confederation (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad for five years for a series of corruption offences in the period 2017-2019, the sport's world governing body said Monday.The 60-year-old Ahmad, who was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs (220,000 dollars) was found guilty of offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and misappropriation of funds among other charges.Ahmad, a FIFA vice president, will not be able to stand for re-election in March next year. He was investigated for "CAF-related governance issues, including the organization and financing of an Umrah pilg...
FIFA agrees reforms for female players and coaches over maternity
FIFA will step up the protection of female footballers and female coaches, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.Reforms include mandatory maternity leave of at least 14 weeks, at a minimum of two thirds of the player’s contracted salary. No female player should ever suffer a disadvantage as a result of becoming pregnant and new rules are also to be introduced for coaches."Following the recent phenomenal growth and the unprecedented success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France last year, women’s football is now entering its next stage of development," FIFA president Gianni Infantino s...