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2015 12 01 Retrieve

[Fifa admits bronze boot error, Chukwueze not Nwakali winner] We made a mistake at the closing ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 with the distribution of the adidas Bronze Boot. Instead of player no. 8 of Nigeria, Samuel Chukwueze, the player Kelechi Nwakali (player no. 10 of Nigeria) received the adidas Bronze Boot. However, if two or more players are still equal (after goals and assists), the player who has played fewer number of minutes will be ranked first. With this in mind, adidas will send you another Bronze Boot in December 2015, which we would kindly ask you to hand over to Samuel Chukwueze. Please be informed that Kelechi Nwakali may keep his trophy

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[FIFA rules Ezra Walian ineligible to represent Indonesia at any level] Consequently, on the basis of the documents currently on file, it seems the player Ezra Walian would not be entitled to request a change of Association due to the fact that he appears to have acquired the Indonesian nationality only after having played his first international match in an official competition for one of the representative teams of the Netherlands

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Man City avoid transfer ban for breaching FIFA regulations around signing minors - fined £315,000 instead] The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000. The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee was notified today

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting an offer to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches] Samson Siasia having been found guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[World Cup 2022 emblem revealed as Qatar vows to connect the entire world] The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the events

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[FIFA moved to clarify why those particular votes for Salah were not counted in a statement released on Thursday] During the monitoring of the votes submitted by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on August 15, it was remarked that the signatures on the voting forms were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid (not authentic). The voting forms were also not signed by the general secretary which is mandatory

[Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera claimed on Twitter he did not vote although his name is listed on FIFA’s official document, which says he chose Lionel Messi, Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo as his top three] We have checked the voting documents submitted by the Nicaraguan FA and all documents are signed and confirmed with the official stamp of the Nicaraguan FA. Having compared with the vote sheets submitted by the federation and the ones we have published on FIFA.com… we confirm that we have the right votes signed by the player. We are asking the Nicaraguan Football Federations to inquire on this matter

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[FIFA disappointed by ‘unfair and misleading’ reports over voting for The Best awards] FIFA has been disappointed to see a number of reports in the media questioning the integrity of the voting process for The Best FIFA Football Awards. These reports are unfair and misleading. The voting procedure for each of the awards is supervised and monitored by an independent observer, in this case PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland. FIFA and PwC follow the Rules of Allocation and relevant standard control procedures. As per these procedures, FIFA requested all member associations to submit their voting forms both electronically and in writing.

The written documents must also be signed by the responsible persons of the association as well as by the persons authorised to vote. Therefore in order for a vote to be valid it must include the respective signatures and the member association’s stamp. Both FIFA and the independent observer can demonstrate that all the votes submitted in accordance with the rules and within the deadlines were taken into account. Consequently, there is no doubt whatsoever as to the authenticity of the result. Should there have been any case of wrong-doing, and even if this did not affect the result of the vote, FIFA will investigate and apply sanctions where necessary

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Cardiff City have been told by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee to pay Nantes €6 million for the late Emiliano Sala] In a meeting held on 25 September 2019, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee established that Cardiff City FC must pay FC Nantes the sum of EUR 6,000,000, corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement concluded between the parties on 19 January 2019 for the transfer of the late Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC.

The FIFA Players’ Status Committee, which never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake, refrained from imposing procedural costs on the parties.

The findings of the decision were notified to the parties concerned today. Within a deadline of ten days, Cardiff City FC and FC Nantes can request a copy of the grounds of the decision, which can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Can football clubs stop their players from accepting international call-ups?] Clubs are obliged to release their registered players to the representative teams of the country for which the player is eligible to play on the basis of his nationality if they are called up by the association concerned. Any agreement between a player and a club to the contrary is prohibited

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[FIFA Club World Cup: China unanimously appointed as hosts of revised competition in 2021] FIFA Council unanimously appoints China PR as hosts of new Club World Cup in 2021. The FIFA Council convened today in Shanghai and voted on a number of key steps for the future of international tournaments, including a unanimous decision to appoint China PR as the host of the first edition of the new FIFA Club World Cup in 2021. The tournament will be played between June and July 2021 and the final list of venues will be decided by FIFA and the Chinese FA. The participation model to determine the clubs that qualify from each confederation will be finalised in a consultation process between FIFA and the six confederations

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Cardiff City have been threatened with a three-window transfer ban by FIFA if they fail to pay the first instalment of the fee owed to Nantes for the late Emiliano Sala] A ban from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the maximum duration of three entire and consecutive registration periods shall become effective

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira has been banned from football for life and fined one million Swiss francs by FIFA] In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Teixeira had breached art. 27 (bribery) of the FIFA code of ethics (2018 edition) and, as a result, sanctioned him with a ban for life on taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of 1m CHF has been imposed on Mr Ricardo Teixeira.

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Liverpool’s two Club World Cup matches have been moved from Al Rayyan to Doha after FIFA was forced to switch the venue for the final] Construction at Education City Stadium is complete and the venue is now operational. However, the necessary certification process took longer than expected and therefore the stadium was unable to host the required test events prior to the semi-final and final of the FIFA Club World Cup at full capacity. The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was decided to open the stadium at a later date

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Can Liverpool wear Club World Cup champions badge in the Premier League?] As per the usage guidelines, the winning team can wear the FIFA World Champions Badge from the day it becomes champions up to and including the final of the next edition of the tournament. The badge may only be used on the current official team playing shirts. That means that the FIFA World Champions Badge may not be used on previous [or] historical versions of the team shirts, training jerseys, tracksuits, training tops or any other products

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[FIFA decried the current system and proposing to cap agents’ fees] FIFA, as football’s governing body, has the responsibility to address and regulate these matters. We are aiming for a system of balanced and reasonable regulation, instead of the law of the jungle currently in place, with conflicts of interests rife and exorbitant ‘commissions’ being earned left and right. In the last year alone, football agents earned $653.9 million in fees, four times more than in 2015

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[FIFA Committee recommends ban on overseas league games] With regard to matches and competitions with an international dimension, the committee endorsed the principle set out by the FIFA council that official domestic matches should take place on the territory of the member association concerned. Regulations on this matter will be submitted to the FIFA council

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[FIFA give clubs permission to decline international call-ups] In light of the current situation concerning the Coronavirus, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided that the general football rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the up-coming international windows in March/April

The situation is rapidly evolving across the world and various international travel restrictions have already been imposed by different public authorities.

FIFA understands that to hold the matches under current circumstances might not only present potential health risks to players (and to the general public) but would also, most likely, compromise the sporting integrity of such matches insofar as certain teams may be deprived of their best squads whilst others may not

To avoid any unnecessary health risks and also situations of potential sporting unfairness, we therefore recommend that all international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment, both for players and for the general public. The final decision on this issue rests with the respective competition organisers or relevant member association in case of friendlies

The qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup in both Asia and South America have already been postponed following consultation between FIFA and the Confederations concerned.

In consultation with the confederations and relevant stakeholders, FIFA will be studying the possibilities for re-scheduling any postponed matches and is confident that with goodwill and flexibility from all sides, appropriate solutions will be found to allow the matches to take place in due course and with minimal disruption.

We are working in close cooperation with relevant national and international public health authorities (most notably the World Health Organisation) and, taking into account the expert advice that we have received on the matter, we consider this measure and recommendation to be the most appropriate and responsible step to take under the current circumstances

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[FIFA President Gianni Infantino on coronavirus quarantine] We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus. FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out Covid-19

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[France’s Euro 1984-winning coach Michel Hidalgo dies aged 87] France has lost one of its greatest figures. Michel Hidalgo was the brains behind the exhilarating side that reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1982 and won Euro 1984. RIP and ‘merci’ for the memories, Michel

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[FIFA Covid-19 working group proposes June international window postponements] FIFA would like to thank the positive contributions and cooperation of all Confederations’ representatives and highlight the spirit of unity, solidarity and mutual understanding which culminated in the adoption of these decisions. FIFA also reiterates that health must always be the first priority and the main criteria in any decision-making process, especially in these challenging times

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[U.S. Dept. of Justice indictment claims Bribes used to secure FIFA 2018 & 2022 World Cup rights] The profiteering and bribery in international soccer have been deep-seated and commonly known practices for decades. Over a period of many years, the defendants and their co-conspirators corrupted the governance and business of international soccer with bribes and kickbacks, and engaged in criminal fraudulent schemes that caused significant harm to the sport of soccer. Their schemes included the use of shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other concealment methods to disguise the bribes and kickback payments and make them appear legitimate.

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[FIFA ‘closely following’ latest corruption allegations] Fifa supports all investigations into alleged acts of criminal wrongdoing regarding either domestic or international football competitions, and will continue to provide full co-operation to law enforcement officials investigating such matters

Fifa is closely following these investigations and all related developments in the legal processes ongoing in the United States and other parts of the world. It is important to point out that Fifa has itself been accorded victim status in the US criminal proceedings and senior Fifa officials are in regular contact with the US Department of Justice. Following the latest indictment, Fifa will ask the DOJ for further information on these matters

The Fifa ethics committee has already imposed sanctions, including life bans, on football officials mentioned in this process. So far as Fifa is concerned, should any acts of criminal wrongdoing by football officials be established, the individuals in question should be subject to penal sanctions. As the respective criminal cases are ongoing we are not in a position to comment further for the time being

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[FIFA propose extending expiring contracts and ‘flexible’ transfer windows as result of coronavirus] Expiring player contracts usually end when the season ends, with a termination date that coincides with the end of the season. With the current suspension of play in most countries, it is now obvious that the current season will not end when people thought it would. Therefore, it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end. This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability

Again, it is necessary to adjust the normal regulatory position to the new factual circumstances. Accordingly, FIFA will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season. At the same time, FIFA will try to ensure, where possible, an overall level of coordination and will also bear in mind the need to protect the regularity, integrity and proper functioning of competitions, so that the sporting results of any competition are not unfairly disrupted

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Qatari officials have also strongly denied any wrongdoing in their process to win hosting rights to the 2022 World Cup] Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) strongly denies the allegations contained within the court papers made public in the US on April 6 2020. They are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.

Despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically or by means that contravened FIFA’s strict bidding rules

The SC maintains that it strictly adhered to all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process and any claim to the contrary is baseless and will be fiercely contested

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[The current Covid-19 situation has led to FIFA giving guidance to the various European leagues this week on players with expiring contracts] Contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end. This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[FIFA have said clubs can extend contracts expiring this summer until a time when the season can be completed] FIFA will be flexible and allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Coronavirus will not affect $1bn investment in women’s game] This funding has already been committed by Fifa and will not be impacted by the current crisis. This funding will be invested into a range of areas in the women’s game including competitions, capacity building, development programmes, governance and leadership, professionalisation and technical programmes

[Fifa also confirmed that the women’s game would be part of any package to help the sport cope with losses incurred due to coronavirus] Women’s football is being fully considered as part of this process in order to understand the various needs and impact on stakeholders within the women’s game.

Fifa is currently working on possibilities to provide assistance to the football community around the world, including women’s football. The exact format and details of this assistance are currently being discussed in consultation with Fifa’s member associations, the confederations and other stakeholders.

As part of these discussions, Fifa is in close contact with key women’s football stakeholders via the Professional Women’s Football Task Force and the Fifa-Confederations sub-working group on the impacts of Covid-19

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo announces recovery from brain tumour] In times littered with awful news we’re absolutely delighted to hear this. You’ve just scored an even more consequential goal than the one that knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League. Good on you and all the healthcare workers!

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[FIFA to propose teams use five substitutes when football resumes after coronavirus outbreak] When competitions resume, such competitions are likely to face a congested match calendar with a higher than normal frequency of matches played in consecutive weeks. Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a player overload. In light of this and the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, FIFA proposes a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed at the discretion of the relevant competition organiser. In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time where relevant

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[When will the Premier League resume?] Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a player overload

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Bruno Fernandes to Man Utd transfer being investigated by FIFA] We can confirm that on April 3, 2020 the Italian club, Sampdoria, lodged a claim with FIFA against the Portuguese club, Sporting Clube de Portugal, related to financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer of the Portuguese player, Bruno Fernandes. The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Sporting CP are currently locked in a battle with Serie A side Sampdoria regarding a supposed 10 per cent sell-on clause] We can confirm that on April 3, 2020 the Italian club, Sampdoria, lodged a claim with FIFA against the Portuguese club, Sporting Clube de Portugal, related to financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer of the Portuguese player, Bruno Fernandes. The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[FIFA confirms it will select 2023 Women’s World Cup host on June 25] All eligible bids will be presented to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) within the scope of an open voting process, in which the result of each ballot and the related votes by the members of the FIFA Council will be made public on FIFA.com

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Three bids qualify for FIFA Council vote in race to host 2023 Women’s World Cup] Three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s)

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[FIFA has confirmed that it will allow the transfer window to open before the end of the delayed 2019-20 season in order to aid clubs during the coronavirus pandemic] In order to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players, players are permitted to be registered with a maximum of three clubs and are eligible to play in official matches for three clubs during the same season. In order to give priority to clubs to complete their 2019-20 season with their original squad, provide flexibility, and allow associations to properly plan their football calendar, those associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the ‘first registration period’ for the 2020-21 season prior to the completion of the 2019-20 season, subject to certain conditions. In order to provide financial relief to parties involved in disputes before FIFA, for any claim lodged between 10 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (both inclusive), there will be no requirement to pay an advance of costs and no procedural costs shall be ordered. For any claim lodged prior to 10 June 2020 which has yet to be decided, the maximum amount of the procedural costs shall be equivalent to any advance of costs paid

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[FIFA calls for ‘mutual respect and common sense’ in response to Trump tweets] FIFA strongly advocates for tolerance, mutual respect and common sense when such important matters are debated. FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of all forms of discrimination in football, as outlined in the FIFA Statutes. We must all say no to racism and no to violence

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[FIFA announces £1.2bn coronavirus relief plan to help football through Covid-19 crisis] Both grants and loans can be directed by member associations to the wider football community in their respective territories, including clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[FIFA ban ex-deputy general secretary Markus Kattner from football for 10 years] The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Markus Kattner, former FIFA Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General, guilty of conflicts of interest and having abused his position, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics

The investigation into Mr Kattner covered various charges concerning bonus payments in relation to FIFA competitions that were paid to top FIFA management officials (including Mr Kattner), various amendments to and extensions of employment contracts, reimbursement of private legal costs, and Mr Kattner’s duties as an official

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that Mr Kattner had breached art. 19 (Conflicts of interest) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (2019 edition) and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for a period of ten years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 1,000,000 has been imposed on Mr Kattner

The motivated decision was notified to Mr Kattner today, the date on which the ban comes into force, and has been published on legal.fifa.com.

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[West Ham under investigation by FIFA over Sebastien Haller transfer] We can confirm that we have received a claim from the German club Eintracht Frankfurt against English club West Ham United. The matter is still being investigated and consequently we cannot provide any further comments

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Arsenal fined by FIFA over player transfer sell-on clauses] The committee considers that, by the mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters

The committee considers that the relevant clauses undoubtedly grant Arsenal the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters the independence, policies and the performance of PAOK FC and Frosinone’s teams