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FIFA asks war crimes prosecutor to probe corruptionupdated: Tue May 29 2012 03:57:00

World soccer's governing body FIFA has nominated the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to be its lead anti-corruption investigator, FIFA said Tuesday.

FIFA co-opts first woman to its executive committee updated: Fri May 25 2012 20:06:00

Burundi's Lydia Nsekera became the first woman to be co-opted on to FIFA's executive committee as the Congress of the world governing body ratified her appointment Friday.

FIFA announces anti-corruption reforms after critical independent report updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 16:25:00

FIFA pledged Friday to reform its governance structure after the corruption scandals which rocked football's world governing body last year.

A FIFA first: Football's transfer figures releasedupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 08:46:00

The global football transfer market is big business, with star players swapping countries, even continents to play for richer, more prestigious clubs.

Brazil refuses to work with FIFA secretary generalupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 17:40:00

Brazil demanded Saturday that FIFA assign a new representative to work with it as it gears up for the 2014 World Cup after Secretary General Jerome Valcke said the country needs a "kick up the backside" to be ready in time.

Departing FIFA security chief: Fight against fixing will go onupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 17:35:00

FIFA's departing head of security has pledged that the governing body of world soccer will continue the global fight against match fixing in his absence.

World Cup beer battle brewing between Brazil and FIFAupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 09:41:00

FIFA and World Cup host nation Brazil are on a collision course over whether alcohol should be served in stadiums during the 2014 finals.

FIFA vows tough action on match-fixing in soccerupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 04:31:00

FIFA's head of security has told CNN that match-fixing in soccer is fueled by an illegal gambling market of up to $1 trillion and says governments must work together to stamp out the problem.

Beckham: FIFA president's racism comments are 'not right'updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:41:00

Football superstar David Beckham has condemned controversial comments made by Sepp Blatter, who is refusing to stand down as FIFA president despite widespread criticism.

FIFA compromise over English soccer's poppy requestupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 16:19:00

FIFA have permitted England's soccer players to wear a poppy symbol to honor the country's war dead during Saturday's international friendly with Spain after interventions from the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William.

Caribbean officials banned by FIFA in cash-for-votes probeupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 16:34:00

FIFA has taken action against several Caribbean football officials involved in the meeting that led to former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam being banned for life.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Soccer should create own equivalent of NFL Red Zone channelupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 12:02:00

Another NFL season is upon us, and so is one of the greatest inventions known to man: the NFL Red Zone channel, which whips around from city to city, allowing you to see live look-ins, real-time highlights and all the scoring plays from every NFL game on any given Sunday.

FIFA set date for Bin Hammam appealupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 10:39:00

Mohamed Bin Hammam's appeal against his life ban from soccer will be heard on September 15, the sport's governing body FIFA has confirmed.

FIFA targets match fixersupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 08:47:00

FIFA Head of Security Chris Eaton tells CNN's Pedro Pinto that some young players are being targeted by criminal organisations.

FIFA to investigate 16 Caribbean officialsupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 16:12:00

FIFA are to investigate 16 Caribbean officials over a meeting that led to former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam being banned from soccer for life.

Goal-line technology decision in Marchupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 08:31:00

Goal-line technology in soccer could be used as early as 2012 if FIFA give the go-ahead at a meeting of their international board in March next year.

FIFA bans bin Hammam, one-time presidential challenger, for lifeupdated: Sat Jul 23 2011 18:34:00

Soccer's global governing body on Saturday banned for life a man for what they called his actions, months earlier, to use bribes to be elected as its top executive.

FIFA says three North Korean players fail doping testsupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 14:21:00

Three more players from the North Korean soccer team have failed doping tests at the Women's World Cup, FIFA has announced.

FIFA bans two North Korean women for failing dope testupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 08:17:00

World football's governing body FIFA announced Thursday that two players from the North Korea side have been provisionally suspended from the Women's World Cup after failing dope tests.

FIFA set date for Bin Hammam verdictupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 09:33:00

The ethics committee of soccer's world governing body FIFA will meet on July 22 and 23 to reach a verdict on the bribery allegations against the head of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed bin Hammam it was announced on Wednesday.

FIFA president says match-fixers will be banned for lifeupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:54:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Monday his organization would ban for life any players and administrators found guilty of match-fixing.

Blatter: Rebuilding FIFA's reputationupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:54:00

CNN's Alex Thomas asks newly elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter about his plans for reform.

2010: FIFA battles 'ambush marketing'updated: Thu Jun 23 2011 09:22:00

CNN's Alex Thomas explains the controversy over FIFA allegations that a beer company was practicing "ambush marketing."

FIFA chiefs 'bribed' officials claims leaked reportupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 13:39:00

A secret FIFA report alleges Mohamed Bin Hammam bribed officials in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football's world governing body, the journalist who uncovered the report told CNN.

Warner resigns as FIFA vice presidentupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 14:48:00

World soccer's governing body FIFA have confirmed that vice president Jack Warner has resigned from his position within the organization.

SI.com: Frank Deford: Let's face it, international sports federations are too unwieldyupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 14:57:00

As sure as death and no new taxes, American sports fans are always convinced that the people who run sports here are dimwits. Well, yes, we have occasionally had some real nincompoops in charge of various professional American sports, and not even Pericles could successfully manage the NCAA, but in point of fact, our domestic sports are a paragon of efficiency and integrity compared to the way international athletic organizations are managed.

FIFA corruption timeline: A year of allegationsupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 09:35:00

From World Cup bribes to presidential election pay-offs, allegations of corruption and vote buying have rocked FIFA, soccer's governing body, for the past twelve months.

FIFA defends hijab ban after Iranian team forfeits Olympic qualifierupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 14:27:00

World football officials are defending their refusal to allow the Iranian women's soccer team to wear head scarves while playing in an Olympic qualifying round in Amman, Jordan.

'FIFA must come back to football'updated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:18:00

UEFA President Michel Platini tells CNN's Pedro Pinto that the FIFA corruption accusations are a big blow for football.

Maradona attacks 'corrupt' FIFA chiefsupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:18:00

Football legend Diego Maradona has accused world governing body FIFA of being corrupt and run by greedy officials who have made millions from the sport.

What crisis? Five Blatter highlightsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 05:01:00

"Connect the World" looks at five highlights from FIFA President Sepp Blatter's news conference.

How to rescue FIFA: A PR guide from Max Cliffordupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 05:01:00

When it comes to handling bad press, there's arguably no one better than Max Clifford.

Blatter commits to 'change' after winning FIFA's presidential voteupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 19:56:00

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of soccer's world governing body and immediately vowed to put "FIFA's ship back on the right course in clear, transparent waters."

Social media criticizes Sepp Blatterupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 19:56:00

CNN's Digital Sport Producer, Ben Wyatt, shows the views of the social media users who openly criticized Sepp Blatter.

Bayern chief Rummenigge calls for 'drastic' change at FIFAupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 18:08:00

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, head of Bayern Munich and the European Club Association, has demanded "drastic change" at FIFA after the re-election of Sepp Blatter as president.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: FIFA's controversial roots date back to England five decades agoupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 09:30:00

Brazilian journalists who flew to London for the Champions League final were struck by the importance given in the English press to the recent scandals surrounding FIFA. The story is not playing anything like as big back home.

FIFA's leadership crisisupdated: Mon May 30 2011 11:42:00

CNN's Patrick Snell discusses FIFA's bribery scandal.

FIFA suspends 2 officials, but clears president after ethics hearingupdated: Mon May 30 2011 03:48:00

FIFA's ethics committee Sunday suspended two men, one of whom had been the sole challenger to the association's president until earlier in the day.

Bin Hammam and Warner suspended after FIFA investigationupdated: Sun May 29 2011 15:53:00

World football's governing body FIFA have confirmed that vice-president Jack Warner and executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam have been provisionally suspended by the organization with immediate effect.

Rival to FIFA president drops candidacy hours before key hearingupdated: Sun May 29 2011 00:39:00

The Qatari man who had been the sole challenger to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the race to run FIFA announced early Sunday that he was dropping his candidacy, hours before the start of an ethics hearing involving both men.

Platini: FIFA must come back to footballupdated: Sat May 28 2011 12:42:00

Michel Platini has positioned himself for a future tilt at the FIFA presidency by claiming that world soccer's ruling body needs to be run by sporting specialists rather than administrators such as the incumbent Sepp Blatter.

FIFA rocked by fresh bribery allegationsupdated: Thu May 26 2011 12:53:00

FIFA, football's governing body, has announced it is to investigate two of its most high profile members over bribery allegations, just a week before one is due to stand against Sepp Blatter in upcoming presidential elections.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: U.S. Soccer won't be told by CONCACAF how to vote in FIFA election, Gulati saysupdated: Mon May 16 2011 20:04:00

Less than three weeks before FIFA's presidential election, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati revealed the U.S. will not be told how to vote by CONCACAF president Jack Warner, the most powerful figure in the U.S.' home confederation.

FIFA asks for evidence of corruption as officials deny claimsupdated: Wed May 11 2011 14:44:00

FIFA has requested evidence from England's Football Association following claims from its former chairman of corruption by four top-level members of world soccer's governing body.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Lord Triesman's allegations hard to proveupdated: Wed May 11 2011 13:55:00

When Lord Triesman spoke before the British Parliament on Tuesday, it created shockwaves throughout the game. The former head of the English Football Association accused four members of FIFA Executive Committee -- the body charged with determining the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups -- of attempting to solicit favors from him in exchange for their support of the English bid for 2018. Two reporters for the Sunday Times newspaper were also called to testify and claimed that a "whistle-blower" within the Qatari FA told them that two other ExCo members, Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast and Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, were paid $1.5 million in exchange for their support of Qatar's bid.

FIFA to meet with Interpol in match-fixing investigationupdated: Fri May 06 2011 10:11:00

FIFA will meet with Interpol on Monday as soccer's governing body continues its bid to stamp out illegal gambling and match-fixing, it announced on Friday.

FIFA inches towards goal-line technology at World Cupupdated: Wed May 04 2011 08:52:00

FIFA opened the door to the introduction of goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup, but has put in place a rigorous testing program for companies hoping to win the contract.

FIFA step in to reform Bosnia and Herzegovina federationupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 11:56:00

FIFA appointed a normalization committee on Tuesday aimed at reforming the currently suspended Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (FFBH).

Chilean legend Figueroa pulls out of FIFA presidency raceupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 10:48:00

Chilean football legend Elias Figueroa will not be challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world football's governing body FIFA this year.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: FIFA presidential candidate reveals executive committee pay, says he did not collect itupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 15:47:00

How much money does a member of the FIFA executive committee make for being on the most powerful board in world soccer? That was the simple question SI.com recently asked FIFA, a nonprofit organization, as well as three members of FIFA's 24-man executive committee.

FIFA investigates officials amid match-fixing claimsupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 08:01:00

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against six match officials after claims that two international friendly games fell victim to match-fixing.

Blatter: 2010 South Africa World Cup huge financial successupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 18:07:00

FIFA have confirmed they made $3.655 billion from the World Cup in South Africa, after the organization announced buoyant financial figures between 2007 and 2010.

FIFA to probe claims of irregular betting patterns in Turkeyupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 06:28:00

FIFA has launched an investigation into two international friendly matches held in Turkey last week that yielded seven penalties amid claims of heavy betting patterns.

FIFA considering snood ban; Suspended pair fail with appeal bidupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 15:24:00

They are the beautiful game's must-have fashion accessory -- but now soccer's governing body are considering a ban on snoods.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Top 10 soccer stories of 2010updated: Wed Dec 22 2010 13:32:00

1. FIFA corruption. It's been a long time since anybody thought of FIFA as a bunch of do-gooders, but this has been a damaging year for its reputation nonetheless. As Sepp Blatter's merry troupe was courted by World Cup bidders, two members (Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii) were suspended for offering to sell their votes, and the rest of the executive committee did nothing to quell suspicions that it was standard practice by giving the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to mega-rich, risky options Russia and Qatar, respectively. Blatter says he wants to give soccer to the world -- though South Africa saw not a cent of the $2 billion profit that FIFA, which refuses to pay tax in host countries, made from last summer's World Cup.

Beckenbauer admits he's lost faith in FIFA after World Cup voteupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 13:06:00

The man who led Germany to a World Cup win both as a player and a coach admits he has lost faith in FIFA due to the way the voting process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments was handled.

From fishing boats to the Club World Cupupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 14:04:00

They hail from a country racked by poverty and political instability, a place where rugby league is the national sport and which FIFA has decided is the worst footballing nation on the planet.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: World Cup bid process flawed and in need of greater transparencyupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 17:50:00

ZURICH -- The Baur au Lac hotel, a five-star palace on the banks of Lake Zurich, was the epicenter of The Game here this week: the final lobbying of the nine bids vying to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. As the official hotel of the FIFA Executive Committee, the 22 men who choose the World Cup hosts, the opulent Baur au Lac welcomed all manner of dignitaries this week, from former President Bill Clinton and David Beckham to Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: FIFA's choices of Russia and Qatar show its desire to leave a legacyupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 14:53:00

Angry about the World Cup host vote? Can't understand how Russia and Qatar -- despite generally substandard technical reports filed by FIFA itself -- are getting to host the biggest sporting event in the universe in 2018 and 2022, respectively?

We are not corrupt, insists FIFA officialupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 12:55:00

FIFA executive committee member Angel Villa Llona has defended football's world governing body against recent media allegations of corruption.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: U.S. appears to be in pole position for 2022 World Cupupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 12:15:00

ZURICH -- How convoluted are the politics surrounding this Thursday's FIFA vote to award the hosts for World Cups 2018 and '22? Well, the first person I saw upon leaving airport customs here was Bora Milutinovic, the peripatetic Serbian-born, Mexican-based coach who managed the U.S. at World Cup '94.

World Cup corruption scandal timelineupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 10:43:00

The bid process has been by far the most controversial that FIFA has ever overseen. Its decision to decide the fate of both the 2018 and 2022 bids at the same time has been widely criticized for encouraging vote collusion between bids -- an accusation FIFA deny.

FIFA suspends officialsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 14:35:00

CNN's Don Riddell details how FIFA suspended two of its officials amid allegations of World Cup bid corruption.

FIFA confirm World Cup decision date to go ahead as plannedupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 12:47:00

FIFA have confirmed they will retain the December date to announce who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals after the bidding process was dogged by allegations of corruption.

Olympics chief tells FIFA to crack down on corruptionupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 14:50:00

The head of the International Olympic Committee has urged soccer's ruling body FIFA to take a tough approach against corruption when it deals with the World Cup bidding scandal.

FIFA to probe new corruption claimsupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 05:42:00

FIFA will investigate the latest allegations of corruption which have further brought into question the integrity of the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

2 top FIFA officials suspended amid World Cup bribe probeupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 17:33:00

FIFA has suspended two of its top officials as it probes reports they solicited bribes in exchange for supporting 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, the world soccer governing body announced Wednesday.

Blatter laments 'sad day' as FIFA provisionally bans officialsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 15:16:00

Soccer's governing body has provisionally suspended two of its delegates who were accused of offering to sell their votes to countries bidding to host the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA investigate newspaper bribe claimsupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 10:07:00

World football's governing body FIFA is investigating a British newspaper report that two of its officials solicited a bribe in exchange for supporting particular countries' bids to host the World Cup tournament.

FIFA looking into World Cup bribe allegationsupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 14:21:00

World soccer's governing body is investigating a newspaper report that two of its officials solicited a bribe in exchange for supporting particular countries' bids to host the World Cup tournament, it announced Sunday.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: FIFA's new Transfer Matching System brings much-needed transparencyupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 16:07:00

When it comes to change, FIFA likes to move in baby steps. (Which might actually help explain why those who want to see instant replay introduced will probably have to wait a few hundred years, but that's an argument for another time.) Sometimes though, those steps -- "baby" as they may be -- are in the right direction. Count the new Transfer Matching System (TMS) as one of those times when FIFA gets it right.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or?updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:22:00

Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year in world soccer?

North Korea cleared of 'foul' play by FIFAupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 12:49:00

FIFA says it won't be punishing the North Korean football federation over allegations that its players and coaches were publicly humiliated following their World Cup exit.

FIFA to probe reports of punishment of North Korean players and coachupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 01:11:00

Football's ruling body is investigating reports that North Korea's national team and head coach were humiliated by government officials following a disastrous showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Extra officials for Champions Leagueupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 12:07:00

The experiment of extra match officials will be extended to Europe's top club competition and several other tournaments around the world.

Soccer training starts early for Dutchupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 16:04:00

CNN's Diana Magnay reports on AJAX soccer club's training program which recruits players as young as five years old.

Could 2010 World Cup final be the most watched event in history?updated: Sun Jul 11 2010 16:04:00

The World Cup final has always been one of the most watched events on the planet with viewers from New York to Nepal tuning in to see soccer's elite in action.

FIFA sets deadline for Nigeria to overturn banupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 16:01:00

Nigeria has until Monday to overturn the decision to ban the national soccer team from all competitions for two years, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

FIFA considers video technologyupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:04:00

CNN's Alex Thomas reports on FIFA's descision to reconsider its ruling on allowing video technology in football matches.

The race to host 2018 and 2022 World Cups officially startsupdated: Fri May 14 2010 11:40:00

Countries hoping to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups formally launched their bids in a series of presentations at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich on Friday.

CAF to lift Togo ban after FIFA steps inupdated: Fri May 07 2010 14:22:00

Togo may be allowed to take part in the next African Nations Cup after world soccer's governing body FIFA stepped in to mediate the row arising from the team's withdrawal from this year's event.

FIFA compromise in hijab row over Iran women's teamupdated: Mon May 03 2010 15:02:00

World governing body FIFA says it will now allow an Iranian women's team to take part in the Youth Olympics if the players wear caps instead of the Islamic headscarf, the hijab.

Has FIFA gone too far?updated: Thu Apr 29 2010 10:59:00

FIFA is accused of heavy-handed protection of its World Cup sponsors to the detriment of South African businesses.

Football players push FIFA for goalline technologyupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 15:14:00

Football players are pushing for the sport's world governing body FIFA to bring in technology to decide whether the ball has crossed the goalline.

FIFA will not punish Henry over handballupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 07:49:00

World governing body FIFA have announced that France international striker Thierry Henry will not be punished for his handball in last November's World Cup qualification play-off against the Republic of Ireland.

SI.com: Soccer America: MLS should step up and test out goal-line officialsupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 15:52:00

I'm not surprised that FIFA has decided not to increase the number of game officials for next year's World Cup, and I'm also not surprised at the narrow-minded vitriol generated in response.

Five in running for World Player awardupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 13:09:00

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been included on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Henry faces FIFA rap over handballupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:57:00

Thierry Henry could face FIFA disciplinary action over his handball which helped France to qualify for the finals of the 2010 World Cup at the expense of Ireland.

Referees, fans weigh in on FIFA meetingupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 06:17:00

It's an extraordinary meeting to discuss an extraordinary incident.

Irish MP demands football rematchupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 10:22:00

Dermot Ahern, Minister of Justice for Ireland tells CNN's Pedro Pinto that FIFA must replay the game between France and Ireland.

FIFA to reject new Irish 2010 requestupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 10:22:00

A top FIFA official has ruled out any chance of the Republic of Ireland being handed an extra place at the 2010 World Cup finals in the wake of the Thierry Henry handball controversy.

Blatter calls emergency FIFA meetingupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 13:57:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called a crisis meeting of the executive committee of the world governing body after the Republic of Ireland's controversial defeat to France in the World Cup playoffs.

Iraq banned from international footballupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 10:16:00

The Iraqi Olympic Committee said Saturday it stands by its decision to disband the country's soccer association -- a move that led to the association's suspension from international football.

FIFA turn down Ireland's replay requestupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 10:07:00

The governing body of world football, FIFA, has turned down the request from the Irish Football Association (FAI) to replay their deciding World Cup play-off game against France.

FIFA probes stoning of Algeria playersupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 13:51:00

Egypt's Football Association faces punishment after FIFA decided to investigate an incident which saw Algeria's team bus pelted with stones before last Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Cairo.

Egypt fans stone Algeria playersupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 12:49:00

Football's world governing body FIFA has called for greater security to be provided after three players from Algeria's national football team were injured when Egyptian fans threw stones at the team bus as it arrived in Cairo on Thursday.

FIFA to investigate Maradona TV interview rantupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:39:00

Diego Maradona could have compromised his role in Argentina's World Cup build-up after world governing body FIFA announced they are to investigate his conduct in a reportedly obscene TV interview following his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay.

Mexico pull out of 2018/2022 World Cup bidsupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 13:23:00

The Mexican Football Federation have pulled out of the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups because of financial concerns during the current economic downturn.

SI.com: World Soccer: African nations set to benefit from eligibility-rule changesupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 16:14:00

African countries are looking to profit from another change to the FIFA statutes, one which has further eased restrictions on players seeking to switch footballing nationality. The age limit at which players had to make a choice has been removed, letting a handful of players claim a new international career.

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