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Russian diplomacy: Eastern promises show signs of shifting to Salman

Putin in BahrainBy Andrew Warshaw
February 10 - Despite publicly pledging its support for Gianni Infantino at the forthcoming FIFA presidential election, is Russia secretly planning to switch sides and back Bahrain's Asian football chief Shaikh Salman instead?

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Exclusive: FIFA halted $20m funding to bad-boy American confeds last December

FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw
February 10 - FIFA's decision to block $20 million of funding to CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, the two confederations at the centre of football's worst ever corruption crisis, was implemented late last year and approved by acting general secretary Markus Kattner as well as members of the executive committee, Insideworldfootball has learned.

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Prince Ali backs Bility and questions Scala's nationality 'conflict'

Prince Ali Al bin-HusseinBy Andrew Warshaw
February 9 - The increasingly fraught relationship between FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and the official overseeing fair play in the electoral process, Domenico Scala, has come under further strain with the Jordanian demanding Scala steps down because of conflict of interest over nationality.

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Europe's clubs slam Infantino proposals to take World Cup to 40 teams

Gianni Infantino11By Andrew Warshaw
February 9 - FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino's controversial World Cup expansion plan has suffered its first significant setback, with Europe's major clubs coming out firmly against any change to the status quo.

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An African general secretary? Could Fahmy be Infantino's man?

FIFA signageBy David Owen
February 9 - FIFA Presidency candidate Gianni Infantino hinted last week that if successful in his quest for the top job he might appoint an African general secretary.

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Bility takes aim at Scala threatening to take him back to CAS

Musa BilityBy Andrew Warshaw
February 9 - Musa Bility, Liberia's football leader who was excluded from being a candidate for FIFA president because he failed strict integrity checks, seems determined to do everything in his power to make life difficult for the official who barred him from taking part.

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Exclusive: Enemy at the gates? Blatter will be blocked from attending Congress

Blatter looking onBy Andrew Warshaw
February 8 - Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be turned away from the upcoming election to replace him, as well as risk an even more severe sanction, if he dares attend the congress on February 26, Insideworldfootball has learned.

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FIFA presidential race: Sexwale still in it, but losing chances to win it

Tokyo Sexwale4February 8 - Tokyo Sexwale may be clutching at straws but he refuses to give up hope ahead of the FIFA presidential election – for the moment at least.

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FIFA candidates wait for white smoke from the CAF exco powwow

Vatican white smokeBy Andrew Warshaw
February 5 - African football officials are due to announce later today whether they will formally endorse the only candidate from their Continent in the FIFA presidential race, Tokyo Sexwale, or to back one of the other contenders.

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