FIFA ban former Conmebol boss Figuredo for life

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October 3 – Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo, one of the so-called original ‘Zurich Seven’,  is the latest former football official to be banned for life for bribery as FIFA continues to tidy up its paperwork around its corrupt officials indicted in the US Department of Justice investigation.

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Leo bests Ronnie, Rapinoe bests the lot with inequality speech at FIFA Awards

September 24 – Same old, nothing new. Lionel Messi, with almost weary predictability, won the top men’s player prize at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan on Monday as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, the two other short-listed nominees, missed out – the former staying away from the glittering but stuttering ceremony that somehow managed to lurch on to national broadcaster TV screens last night.

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