FIFA Confederations Cup

Sepp Blatter gaffes and outbursts

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said yesterday that racism in football does not exist, and that any altercations on the pitch where racist language is used could be resolved by a handshake.

Fifa climbs down over poppies ban

Fifa has climbed down over its decision to ban the England football team from wearing remembrance poppies and will now allow players to display them.

No poppy for Terry & Co as Fifa rejects minister's appeal

England will not be allowed to wear poppies on their shirts for Saturday's friendly against Spain after Fifa rejected a second request from the Football Association for what the world governing body termed "embroidery on the match shirt".

Blatter promises to name names at Fifa

Sepp Blatter yesterday gave a commitment to disclose court papers that give details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa officials as he unveiled his long-awaited reforms that are designed to clean up world football's troubled governing body within two years.

European giants flex muscles in battle with Fifa

Europe's most powerful clubs will this week mount their biggest ever challenge to Fifa as they seek more power in the way football is run and greater control over their own players. In the latest club-versus-country showdown, the European Club Association – led by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – will issue a strongly-worded warning on Tuesday threatening possible revolt if Fifa and Uefa fail to include them when sorting out the international calendar.

Mohamed Bin Hammam launches appeal against Fifa

Former FIFA executive Mohamed Bin Hammam has called the decision to ban him for life "deeply flawed" but believes trying to clear his name may prove difficult in the face of "tactical games" from the governing body as he launched his formal appeal.

Sexy singers and rolling balls fail to prevent another bore draw

It was about 20 minutes into The Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ that it became clear you would need a passion for consuming large amounts of mostly meaningless data or an in-depth knowledge of Brazilian music to get much out of it.

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