November 29 – In a ruling that prompted outrage among relatives of the victims, the police commander in charge of operations at Britain’s worst sporting disaster, the Hillsborough stadium tragedy, was acquitted Thursday of gross negligence manslaughter.
By Osasu Obayiuwana
November 28 – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reacted to Insideworldfootball’s interview with Gernot Rohr (pictured left), head coach of that country’s national team, by issuing him with an official reprimand.
November 27 – A sports integrity whistleblower hotline is reporting that 85% of the crimes reported to date have been in football, with 23% of the crimes being match-fixing offenses and 12% being laundering.
November 26 – Not so long ago he was a special adviser to Gianni Infantino as FIFA’s head of technical development. Now, as a television analyst, Marco van Basten has been suspended for making a Nazi remark.
November 26 – The controversial president of Italian club Brescia is facing accusations of racism after wading into the debate over striker Mario Balotelli who earlier this month briefly walked off in protest at being targeted by Hellas Verona fans.
By Paul Nicholson in Miami
November 22 – The US is a changed and expanding marketplace for sports betting following deregulation but with the opportunity comes danger and questions over whether it is ready for the flood of new online bookmakers and partnerships. Underpinning fears is the ever-present threat of match-fixing.
November 21 – World players’ union FIFPro have reacted angrily to a decision to ban a Brazilian midfielder playing in Ukraine for reacting to racist abuse.
November 21 – Players in the Netherlands’ top two divisions will not play the first minute of all matches this weekend, standing still in silence to draw attention to racism, the first country to take such action.
November 21 – SIGA, who today lead an Expert Summit session on match-fixing at the Soccerex convention in Miami, have announced two new initiatives taking place in December, both timed to coincide with ‘International Anti-Corruption Day’.
November 20 – Gaetano Miccichè has sensationally resigned as president of Serie A with immediate effect following an investigation into his election last year.
November 18 – Manchester City have lost their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to halt UEFA’s investigation into alleged financial fair play irregularities.
November 15 – LaLiga’s attempts to get interim permission to play a league fixture in Miami this December have been knocked back by Madrid’s Mercantile Court No. 12.
November 15 – The criticism of the Spanish FA’s (RFEF) decision to move its Super Cup to Saudi Arabia in a €130 million deal is now alienating broadcast partners with state broadcaster RTVE saying it will not bid for the TV rights due to human rights concerns.
November 14 – The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) who are controversially taking their Super Cup to Saudi in January for the first season of a €120 million three-year deal, have now fallen foul of Spain’s competition authorities over its invitation to tender for rights to the competition.
November 14 – The new head of English football’s anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out, Sanjay Bhandari, has outlined plans to improve the situation following a worrying resurgence of racism across the domestic game that has fuelled demands for more action from the governing bodies.