Thursday November 8 2018
FIFA's Gianni Infantino: No World Cups for Super League stars

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has warned those thinking about playing in a potential Super League that they would be banned from World Cups.

A scoop by Football Leaks claimed Real Madrid and Barcelona were among the clubs secretly negotiating the formation of a Super League, with Atletico Madrid one of five ‘initial guests’ to complete the 16-team division.

Saturday October 27 2018
Report: La Liga to take FIFA to court over Girona-Barcelona

La Liga will reportedly take FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after it declared Girona-Barcelona could not be played in the US.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino ‘denied any permit’ for Miami to host the January 26 fixture, but AS claims Liga counterpart Javier Tebas will go to CAS once FIFA discloses its decision on the matter formally.

Tuesday September 25 2018
Luka Modric wins FIFA The Best award

Real Madrid midfielder was named the winner of FIFA’s The Best awards on Monday night to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance.

The 33-year-old scooped the prize with 29% of the votes, beating nearest challenger Ronaldo by 10% and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, also on the podium, who won 11.2%.

Ronaldo and Messi, who ranked fifth this year, had shared the award – including during it’s Ballon d’Or rebranding – every years since 2007, when Kaka scooped the prize.

Tuesday September 18 2018
FIFA president Gianni Infantino casts doubt on La Liga's US plans

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has cast doubt over La Liga plans to play matches in the United States with a statement.

The Spanish league wants to play the scheduled match between Girona and Barcelona in late January in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, while the two clubs have also given their approval.

“I think I would prefer to see a great MLS game in the U.S. rather than La Liga being in the U.S.,” read an Infantino statement provided by FIFA to ESPN.

Sunday July 15 2018
Spain claim World Cup award

Spain’s World Cup campaign may have ended in failure – but they nonetheless managed to take home the Fair Play Trophy.

Despite Spain going out to hosts Russia on penalties at the last-16 stage, their haul of 32 fouls – compared to the 59 they faced – was unsurpassed by any of the other 31 teams at the tournament.

Indeed, the only blot on La Roja’s copybook was a yellow card shown to Sergio Busquets during their opening 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Saturday July 14 2018
Rakitic: Modric deserves Golden Ball

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic feels Croatia teammate and Real Madrid rival Luka Modric deserves to win the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player.

Modric’s playmaking has been instrumental during Croatia’s run to a first-ever World Cup Final, where they will face France on Sunday, and Rakitic put club loyalties to one side when choosing his standout performer in Russia.

“It has to be a Croatian and our captain Modric deserves it,” he said at a Press conference.

Sunday June 3 2018
Barca probed over Griezmann?

Barcelona could face a FIFA probe for holding talks with Antoine Griezmann, despite the Atletico Madrid ace having four years left on his contract.

AS reports Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has attracted the wrath of FIFA following his admission that he spoke to Griezmann’s agent last year.

The governing body’s statute concerning transfers reads that clubs can only negotiate with players once they enter the final six months of their contracts.

Tuesday February 6 2018
FIFA hold Spanish FA meeting

FIFA have made Spanish football officials aware of their concern regarding government interference in their affairs, say reports.

A delegation from world football’s governing body, led by secretary general Fatma Samoura, met with Spanish football officials regarding the concerns according to a report in Associated Press.

The report states the meeting stemmed from elections being held at the RFEF (Spanish FA) to replace Angel Maria Villar, who was dismissed and jailed following corruption charges.

Friday September 22 2017
Valencia, Villarreal under FIFA investigation

Valencia and Villarreal are both under investigation over allegedly breaking FIFA rules regarding the transfers of underage players.

Rules prohibit players under the age of 18 from completing an international transfer unless it is between two EU nations or if both the player and club have their home or headquarters less than 50 kilometers from a national border.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have all been hit with transfer bans in recent years for similar offences, although Los Blancos did get their punishment halves following an appeal.

Sunday September 3 2017
Modric slams ‘careless’ FIFA

Luka Modric has slammed FIFA for making Croatia fulfil their abandoned fixture against Kosovo barely a day later. “It doesn’t care about us players.”

Croatia’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kosovo was halted on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, but the game was hastily rearranged for 24 hours later and FIFA refused to push back their clash with Turkey on Tuesday.

“What happened affected us on the pitch,” the Real Madrid midfielder said after the game, which saw his country win 1-0 thanks to a late Domagoj Vida goal.

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