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Money talks: Infantino and exco members to get pay grade cuts

FIFA sign

By Andrew Warshaw
February 29 – Gianni Infantino will earn less than his disgraced predecessor Sepp Blatter when he takes on the job of reforming FIFA, Insideworldfootball has learned. And whoever becomes his second in command will have to accept a smaller pay packet than former secretary general Jerome Valcke who, like Blatter, is banned from the game.

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FC Barcelona extends UNICEF partnership until 2020

Barca and UNicef

By Mark Baber
February 26 – Barcelona have extended their agreement with UNICEF to 2020, continuing a key relationship which has endeared the Catalan club to supporters around the world and helped them ride out the storm over their breaking the regulations aimed at preventing the child trafficking of young footballers.

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Costa Rica’s Li meets bail conditions but US takes several pounds of flesh

Eduardo Li

By Mark Baber
February 26 – After nine months in jail, including nine weeks in the notorious New York Metropolitan Detention Centre – known as ‘Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib’ – former FIFA executive committee member-elect, CONCACAF executive committee member and Costa Rican Football Federation president Eduardo Li was finally granted bail after a posting a bond of $300,000 in cash, $800,000 in US properties and the salaries of nine supporters worth over $900,000.

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FIFA vote through reform proposals with huge majority

FIFA sign

By Andrew Warshaw and Paul Nicholson in Zurich
February 26 – Within minutes of being urged not to waste a one-off and essential opportunity to clean up their organisation of years of scandal and disgrace, FIFA’s global membership approved a radical new set of reform proposals by a huge majority today – but not with the unanimous backing the architects of the package might have wished for.

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