April 27 – UEFA, which has recently unbundled its women’s competition rights from its men’s competitions, has issued a tender for the supply of the Official Match Ball and Lifestyle Partner for the 2018-21 cycle of women’s competitions.
By Andrew Warshaw
April 26 – One of Europe’s most influential voting FIFA nations has warned against Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid being sabotaged amid suspicions that Gianni Infantino may be behind an alleged plot to prevent the north Africans making it on to the ballot paper in June.
April 26 – Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has defended the club’s decision to play two post-season friendlies in Myanmar, saying the decision to play there is about people, not governments.
April 24 – They may have been second to the punch in terms of submitting their bid book to host the 2024 European Championship finals but Turkey hope they will be first when the vote takes place in September.
April 26 – Paris Saint-Germain has introduced Digital Overlay technology at their Parc des Princes stadium allowing localised advertising messages to be broadcast to different geographical markets. It is the first time the system has been used in France.
April 26 – The tripartite North American bid to stage the 2026 World Cup has received a significant boost with a strong endorsement in Washington from the House of Representatives, the clearest indication yet of political backing for the bid.
April 26 – A petition calling for English Premier League and Championship clubs to be allowed to have limited standing areas at their stadiums has been signed by 100,000 people, the threshold that means it will now be considered for debate by parliamentarians.
April 24 – In a major geo-political snub to neighbouring Russia, Ukraine’s football federation (FFU) has announced it is boycotting the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June.
By Andrew Warshaw
April 25 – Fresh suspicions that FIFA president Gianni Infantino may be behind an alleged plot to exclude Morocco from the 2026 World Cup vote have provoked a furious response from the North African underdogs as tensions escalate ahead of the ballot in June.
April 25 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has reiterated its support for Palestinian football during a visit by AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa to the country.
April 25 – The Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) is holding an Expert Summit on Sports Betting, Integrity & Media in Oporto, Portugal, May 8.
April 25 – Greek football, consistently in turmoil on and off the pitch, has been plunged into yet more ignominy with the country’s oldest and most revered club Panathinaikos banned from European competition for a year for failing to pay their debts, with the sanction covering the next three seasons.
April 24 – Brazil’s women continued their dominance of the Copa America with their seventh win in the eighth edition of the CONMEBOL tournament. Brazil’s matches were streamed live on Twitter in a first for a national team tournament.
April 25 – Premier League Arsenal has signed a global partnership with Chinese firm BYD Auto for the electric car giant to become the club’s official car and bus partner.