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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Infantino encourages ASEAN nations to bid for World Cup 2034

Infantino in Myanmar

By Paul Nicholson

February 21 – The prospect of a 48-team World Cup is opening up new frontiers and finding new friends for FIFA President Gianni Infantino who was in Myanmar last week meeting ASEAN members (a sub-region of the Asian Football Confederation) encouraging them to consider how they could participate in the expanded format.

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Gianni jets back into focus with Mutko ‘flight’, pay rises and an emptying of FIFA House

Infantino as FIFA president

By Paul Nicholson

February 16 – It seems Gianni’s jet fetish may still be alive and kicking despite a FIFA Ethics investigation and reminders on rules about accepting gifts or favours that could prove later to be compromising. The FIFA president took a private jet on November 26, 2016 from Moscow to Kazan, provided by Russian sports minister and FIFA Council candidate Vitaly Mutko.

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