Football politics

Fifa presidential candidate Infantino proposes regional World Cups

Gianni Infantino, the Uefa general secretary who is bidding to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, has proposed staging an expanded World Cup across several countries as part of his manifesto. Unveiling his plans, Infantino vowed to increase the amount of income that Fifaspends on football development to 50% and introduce a series of governance […]

Sepp Blatter: ‘I am still Fifa president. I regret, but I am not ashamed’

Sepp Blatter has responded to his eight-year ban from football by insisting that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing over a payment to Michel Platini. The 79-year-old said that he remains president of Fifa, before stating that he will take his case to the court of arbitration for sport. The Fifa ethics committee, chaired […]

Sepp Blatter launches angry attack on ‘envious and jealous’ Michel Platini

Sepp Blatter has launched a remarkable attack on the “envy and jealousy” ofMichel Platini – blaming what he called an organised conspiracy of the Uefa president, the European Union and the media for bringing him down. In a wide-ranging interview with the Russian news agency TASS, Blatter spoke in detail about the £1.3m contract at […]

Michel Platini slams reports he will be suspended by Fifa as ‘insidious leak’

Uefa president Michel Platini has said reports that he is to be suspended by Fifa are “insidious” leaks that are “essentially an attempt to damage my reputation”. “It was reported last night that the investigatory chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee intends to recommend to its adjudicatory chamber that I be given a 90-day suspension,” […]

Diego Maradona: I have many chances to become Fifa’s new vice-president

Diego Maradona has claimed that he may be in line to become a vice-president of Fifa should Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein be elected as Sepp Blatter’s successor as president. The 1986 World Cup winner and former Argentina coach, whose last role in football was as “spiritual coach” to the Primera D side Deportivo Riestra, has […]