FA sends video to Fifa over Alli's middle-finger gesture

FA sends video to Fifa over Alli's middle-finger gesture

Media playback is not supported on this device The Football Association has sent a video to Fifa in a bid to prove that Dele Alli’s middle-finger gesture was aimed at England team-mate Kyle Walker and not an official or opponent. Television pictures showed the gesture during England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia last week. World football’s governing body opened proceedings against Alli, who said it was a “joke with good friend” Walker. An…

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Agent fees: FA and Fifa want issue debated following Pogba deal allegations

Agent fees: FA and Fifa want issue debated following Pogba deal allegations

Manchester United are within their rights to pay agents multi-million pound sums as part of transfers, FA chairman Greg Clarke has said – but the sport needs a debate about the issue. Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has called for more transparency around transfers. World football’s governing body is looking into Paul Pogba’s world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. It follows claims that Pogba’s agent will earn £41m from the deal. “If that’s what they’re…

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YouTuber admits Fifa gambling offences

YouTuber admits Fifa gambling offences

Two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have pleaded guilty to offences under the UK’s Gambling Act. Craig Douglas, a prominent gamer known as Nepenthez, and his business partner Dylan Rigby ran a website that let video gamers gamble virtual currency. Douglas promoted the website to fans of his YouTube channel, which has more than 1.3 million subscribers. The two men had previously pleaded not guilty. They are still…

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World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, Fifa has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament. The sport’s world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday. The number of tournament matches will rise to 80, from 64, but the…

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo wins first Fifa best player award

Real Madrid's Ronaldo wins first Fifa best player award

Media playback is not supported on this device Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States…

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Fifa fines home nations total of £80,000 for poppies

Fifa fines home nations total of £80,000 for poppies

Fifa has fined all four home nations for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers around Armistice Day. England and Scotland players wore armbands featuring the symbol when they met at Wembley on 11 November. Wales and Northern Ireland’s respective games featured displays on the pitch or in the stands to mark the event. England have been fined 45,000 Swiss francs (£35,311), Scotland and Wales 20,000 Sfr (£15,694) and Northern Ireland 15,000 Sfr (£11,770). Fifa disciplinary…

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Fifa takes action against England & Scotland over poppies

Fifa takes action against England & Scotland over poppies

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland for wearing poppies in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. Players from both countries wore black armbands bearing a poppy during England’s 3-0 win at Wembley, with the game taking place on Armistice Day. Rules forbid “political” statements on shirts. Fifa, world football’s governing body, would not “speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline”. How did this situation arise? The idea of players wearing a poppy…

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Fifa denies England & Scotland poppy ban at Wembley

Fifa denies England & Scotland poppy ban at Wembley

World Cup qualifying Group F: England v Scotland Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Friday, 11 November Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport app; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app Fifa says it has not banned the display of poppies by England and Scotland footballers, insisting any such claim is a “distortion of the facts”. Both countries asked to wear black armbands bearing a…

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