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FIFA bans Bahrain player 10 games for racist gesture

FIFA has banned a Bahrain player for 10 games for racism in a World Cup qualifier.

Sayed Baqer formed a slanted-eye gesture toward fans at the Nov. 14 game in Hong Kong. The incident was captured on camera from the stands as the players left the field and the footage was posted on Twitter.

Baqer was also fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,000).

The strong punishment has been imposed after FIFA announced in July that the minimum ban for racism was being doubled to 10 games.

In a separate case from 2022...

FIFA considering staging Women's World Cup every two years - Infantino

USWNT forward Mallory Pugh joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to discuss new head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
New USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski addresses the pressure of coaching the two-time reigning World Cup winners.

The Women's World Cup could be staged every two years, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday.

The competition is currently held every four years, with the United States lifting the trophy in 2015 and again this July in France.

Infantino said he is keen on a proposal from the French federation to double the frequency of the Women's World Cup because of its "incredible impact for the development of the game" compared to club soccer.

"We need to see what kind of big events we can create," Infantino...

FIFA files claim against Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini over $2m fee

FIFA has filed claims to the Swiss authorities against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini over a fee of CHF 2 million ($2.04m), world football's governing body has announced. 

The amount relates to a fee paid by Blatter to Platini in February 2011, shortly before the then UEFA president decided not to stand against Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Blatter and Platini claimed the payment was made as part of an oral agreement, from Platini's time working at FIFA, which had ended in 2002. FIFA's ethics...

Report: Real Madrid president broaches idea of rival global club competition

Paul Mariner sifts through Jurgen Klopp's comments that Liverpool may forfeit the Carabao Cup.

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has been approached by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to create an annual worldwide club competition, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, in addition to holding talks with FIFA about acquiring the commercial rights to the revamped Club World Cup.

CVC is in discussions with FIFA over funding the event in a deal that would include gaining television rights to matches it would then sell to broadcasters worldwide, the report said.

The Club...

Ex-Afghanistan chief Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam banned for violations regarding abuse of women

Former Afghan football official Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam has been banned from the sport for five years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs after being found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee of violations relating to the abuse of female players.

Sediqi is the third official to be sanctioned in the case which saw former Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim banned for life in June following complaints lodged by several female Afghan players.

FIFA said its ethics committee had established...

Former CONCACAF head Enrique Sanz given life ban for bribery

Former CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz has been given a life ban from football after being found guilty of bribery.
Enrique Sanz was found guilty of bribery in competitions organised between 2012 and 2015.

Former general secretary of North American soccer's governing body CONCACAF Enrique Sanz has been banned from any football-related activity for life after being found guilty of bribery, FIFA announced on Tuesday.

Sanz was found guilty of negotiating bribes in competitions organised by FIFA, CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) between 2012 and 2015.

He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,200) by the world soccer governing body.

Sanz,...