2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls to appeal ban at CAS

Harold Mayne Nicholls

By Andrew Warshaw

March 2 – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the FIFA-appointed official who led the inspection team that evaluated the credentials of all 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding candidates, is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a last-ditch attempt to clear his name and overturn a three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.

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FIFA bosses fire African development staff but fail to meet their severance payments

Infantino and Samoura

By Paul Nicholson

February 28 – FIFA’s firing of all its development staff across Africa and the closing of offices in four countries was met with a barrage of criticism within the region last December. Now the governing body of world football is facing a series of legal challenges from former employees to whom it has allegedly refused to make severance payments in accordance with national law.

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Former SAFA chief Sedibe demands $5m from FIFA for defamation from match-fixing ban

Leslie Sedibe

By Andrew Warshaw

February 28 – I’ll see you in court if necessary. That is the defiant message issued to FIFA by former South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Leslie Sedibe (pictured) who has served world football’s governing body with a claim for $5 million for defamation of character after being banned for five years over the 2010 matchfixing scandal along with three other SAFA officials.

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