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This month
January 2023
# Disciplinary proceedings
Emery backs Argentina 'keeper Martinez as Fifa investigates World Cup celebrations
Argentina have been cited by Fifa after their World Cup win.
# Investigation
Fifa chief Infantino quizzed by Swiss prosecutors
The boss of world football has been facing proceedings since July 2020.
# Criticism
Fifa boss Infantino under fire for behaviour at Pele's wake
The organisation’s president took a selfie with some of the late star’s old teammates on Monday right beside the open coffin.
Last month
December 2022
# future plans
Fifa readies 48-team World Cup
For the first time, football’s greatest tournament will be held across three host nations — the United States, Canada and Mexico.
# Corruption
‘It’s closer to Game of Thrones’ - The story of football’s biggest administration scandal
Writer and producer Miles Coleman on the Netflix documentary series ‘Fifa Uncovered’.
# Political Football
Fifa announce expanded 32-team Club World Cup from 2025
New-look club competition to take place every four years, while Fifa also plan new ‘World Series’ international friendly tournament.
# Laws of the Game
Uefa and Fifa win key decision in bid to halt breakaway Super League
Court ruling sinks any hopes of a Super League operating within European football’s mainstream without Uefa and Fifa approval.
Last year
# World Cup
Fifa bans fans from dressing as crusaders at England versus USA World Cup match
Fans have been spotted at the tournament dressed in chainmail while carrying plastic swords and shields with the St George cross.
# OneLove
Fifa accused of 'sinister abuse of power' over OneLove armband
Fifa threatened sporting sanctions, starting at a yellow card for the captains, if the armbands were worn.
# World Cup
Coveney criticises Fifa's 'extraordinary' decision on One Love armbands
Under Fifa’s rules, players wearing kit that is not authorised by the governing body could be shown a yellow card.
# 2022 World Cup
Fifa open disciplinary case against Ecuador fans over alleged homophobic chanting
The disciplinary case follows days after Fifa outlawed the wearing of a rainbow-coloured One Love armband by players.
# kit clash
Fifa cite commercial reasons and force Belgium to remove the word 'Love' from jersey
Belgium have been forced into a last-minute alteration ahead of their opening game with Canada.
World Cup 2022: Fifa's clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own human rights guidelines
Sophie King-Hill of Birmingham University looks at the controversy at this tournament.
# Qatar World Cup
Gay Australian footballer Cavallo 'lost respect' for Fifa
‘All the work my fellow allies and the LGBTQ+ community are doing to make football inclusive, you have shown that football isn’t a place for everyone.’
# Reaction
'A terrible face for football': How RTÉ, BBC and beIN opened World Cup coverage
Gary Neville, Alan Shearer and Richie Sadlier were among those to weigh in on the controversial tournament.
Preview: A World Cup in Qatar is not an aberration - It is football's logical end
The Qatar World Cup distills the essence of what the sport has become.
# Beer Ban
Alcohol u-turn as Fifa ban beer in stadiums two days before Qatar World Cup begins
The move follows ‘discussions’ with the host nation.
# the fifa family
Fifa President Infantino to stand unopposed for third term
Infantino is just the third president of the organisation since 1974.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland says it’s time Fifa showed it really cares about human rights ahead of the tournament.
# Qatar
Fifa appeals for ceasefire in Ukraine during World Cup
Fifa suspended Russia days after its invasion of Ukraine, booting the team from World Cup qualifying matches
# World Cup
Joe Lycett urges David Beckham to abandon Qatar football deal due to country's LGBTQ laws
The comedian encouraged former footballer Beckham to turn his back on a £10 million ambassadorship deal.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the World Cup?
The country has an abysmal record on human rights.
# Controversy
Fifa forbid Danish World Cup squad from wearing pro-human rights shirts
Qatar has faced criticism for its treatment of foreign workers.
# voting controversy
Sepp Blatter: The choice of Qatar to host the World Cup was a mistake
Former Fifa president says that former Uefa president Michel Platini helped turn the vote in Gulf state’s favour.
# World Cup
Campaigner Peter Tatchell ‘arrested in Doha while protesting Qatar's LGBT rights record’
The Peter Tatchell Foundation said the campaigner was detained as he demonstrated against ‘one of the most homophobic regimes on Earth’.
# Claim
Broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cup
The competition in July-August will have 32 teams for the first time.
# Backlash
Fury at Fifa chief Infantino's kickabout in Indonesia
The initial tweet by the PSSI, whose posts rarely get replies in more than double figures, was deluged with more than 4,000 replies.
# qualified
Here's what you need to know about the Women's World Cup draw
Ireland made history last night by booking their place at next year’s finals in Australia and New Zealand.
# Argentina
One dead as police and fans clash outside Argentina football match
The incident came less than a week after the use of tear gas outside a football match in Indonesia set off a crush that left 131 people dead.
# Bowing out
Gamers to bid farewell to Fifa franchise after 30 years
For the final version, EA has included women’s club teams for the first time.
# Ireland WNT
Ireland achieve their highest ever Fifa women's world ranking position
Vera Pauw’s outfit are up to 26th place.
# Legal
Swiss prosecutors mull appeal in Blatter and Platini fraud case
The pair were cleared on 8 July by the Federal Criminal Court following a mammoth investigation that began in 2015.
European Super League back in the spotlight as defining court hearing begins
A potentially seismic hearing at the European Court of Justice begins today.
# Verdict
Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini acquitted in Fifa trial
Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona rejected the prosecution’s request for a suspended prison sentence.
# Qatar
Fifa increases squads to 26 players for 2022 World Cup
National teams had named squads of 23 players ever since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
# American Dream
FIFA announces 16 host cities for 2026 World Cup
The expanded tournament will be the first to feature 48 teams.
# Trial
Prosecutor calls for suspended sentence for Blatter, Platini
The Swiss prosecutor’s demand is more lenient than he could have asked for – a maximum of five years in prison if found guilty.
# Laws of the Game
Permanent change to five substitutes approved, automatic offside detector edges closer
The news was announced following the International Football Associations Board’s annual meeting in Doha.
# Political Football
Sepp Blatter avoids testifying at start of Fifa fraud trial
The former president of football’s governing body and French football legend Michel Platini were appearing at a Swiss criminal court.
# it's in the game
EA Sports to stop making popular Fifa video game series after split
The game will be rebranded as EA Sports FC.