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Hakeem al-Araibi, Professional Footballers Australia condemn FFA's support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

British MP Damian Collins lodges a petition to the House of Commons regarding Sheikh Salman's alleged misuse of funds.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses allegations made by Damian Collins of parliament against FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

Football Federation Australia on Monday issued...

FIFA to make decision on expanding 2022 World Cup in June; CWC revamp approved

MIAMI -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

Infantino also said that the FIFA Council had voted to approve a revamp of the Club World Cup with 24 teams participating in a tournament to be held in June and July of 2021.

FIFA had already approved of a 48-team World Cup in 2026, but that edition of the tournament features Canada, Mexico and the United...

Handball revamp confirmed as IFAB reveals new laws of the game for 2019-20

Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol all agree that PSG deserved the penalty that lead to Manchester United scoring the winner in the Champions League.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has revealed the full wording of the new handball law in an attempt to add greater clarity for players, officials and supporters. 

The change to the handball law was one of a series of updates to the Laws of the Game, which come into effect on June 1 and are likely to be used at all this summer's major tournaments -- such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The IFAB, which announced the outline changes earlier...

IFAB announces major rule changes in football

A meeting of the International Football Association board has led to several rule changes.

Handballs in goal-scoring situations will no longer have to be deliberate following a decision made by world football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday.

IFAB's annual general meeting in Aberdeen ruled that intent would no longer be a factor in situations involving goals or goal-scoring opportunities from next season.

"A goal scored directly from the hand/arm (even if accidental) and a player scoring or creating a goal-scoring opportunity after...

FIFA open to bidders offering financial backing for new tournaments

After sending a message to his No.1 goalkeeper, ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and the FC crew explain why Maurizio Sarri should start Kepa against Fulham.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol compares Everton's poor form at home with Liverpool's high-powered offence and doesn't see anything but a Liverpool win on Sunday.

FIFA suggested on Friday that it will open up a bidding process to find financial backers for two new proposed international tournaments in an apparent change to president Gianni Infantino's strategy.

Infantino has proposed the creation of a new 24-team Club World Cup, held every four years, and a global version of UEFA's Nations League. 

The FIFA president wants the tournaments to start in 2021 and said his plans, first put forward at a FIFA meeting in Bogota a year ago, were based on...

FIFA to continue exploring 48-team World Cup for 2022 - Infantino

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

ROME -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that his organisation would continue examining the possibility of expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, while conceding that it would be "very difficult" to organise such a tournament in Qatar alone.

Either way, he said, a decision must be made before June, because qualifying for the tournament begins shortly thereafter.

"We already made a decision to go to 48 for the 2026 World Cup, so why not try and see if it's possible for 2022?" Infantino...