Football

FIFPro board member Mads Oland has called for changes to football’s player transfer system, in light of infringements to players’ rights.

FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee (IGC) is set to lose another senior official after its chairman Mark Pieth announced his end-of-year retirement.

FIFA’s ethics committee chief investigator Michael Garcia is set to tour all countries involved in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup as part of a probe into the awarding the hosting rights of the two tournaments to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Scottish football club Rangers has recorded operating losses of over £14 million in its annual financial results.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel believes the new Indian Premier League (IPL)-style football tournament will not affect its existing I-League.

The Qatar 2022 supreme committee has partnered with the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) in a bid to use the cooling technology planned for the country’s staging of the FIFA World Cup to develop food and water security solutions.

Spanish La Liga’s Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, along with the football club’s board, has come under pressure after a group of members proposed an official ‘motion of censure’ against the current administration.

FIFA has banned Ukraine from playing any of World Cup qualifiers at its Lviv Arena until after the 2018 tournament in Russia, due to fan racism and the use of flares.

Newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach believes switching Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup to a winter tournament will not affect the winter Olympics staged in the same year.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has threatened to move the Italian Serie A football club outside the city unless Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris specifies how much the city wants for the council-owned San Paolo Stadium by tomorrow.

French Football League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez is reportedly keen to return Ligue 1 to an 18-club competition.

South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan has succeeded in his long-running bid to return to a high-level position within the game by being elected as the new president of the South African Football Association (SAFA).

DFL (German Football League) CEO Christian Seifert tells Kevin Roberts how a combination of world-class performance, sold-out stadia and financial stability has helped make the Bundesliga a European football powerhouse.

Turkish Super Lig football club Besiktas has been ordered to play its next four home matches behind closed doors following crowd trouble during the Istanbul derby against Galatasaray, causing the match to be abandoned.

St. Petersburg officials responsible for the construction of a new $1.1 billion stadium – to be used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup – have reportedly cancelled the contract with its developer Transstroy.

Dutch football club Ajax has increased its year-on-year profits by almost €10 million, attributing this success to the sale of leading players.

English Premier League (EPL) football club Manchester City has expanded its global social media presence by launching 10 new international Twitter accounts.