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IFAB puts video challenges on hold, but rolls on with subs changes

Soccer substitutionsBy Andrew Warshaw
November 27 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's idea of bringing in video replays and permitting coaches to be allowed tennis-style challenges against refereeing decisions appears unlikely to be implemented in the near future.

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Valcke says FIFA image needs rebuilding, but not solely for sponsor reasons

Jerome Valcke 6By Andrew Warshaw
November 26 - A defiant FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists that the decision by two top-tier sponsors to end their association with FIFA had nothing to do with making a stand against the corruption allegations that have engulfed world football's governing body.

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Sony Corp poised to pull out out of FIFA top-tier sponsorship renewal

Sony balloonBy Andrew Warshaw
November 25 - Sony Corporation will not be renewing its top-tier $280 million FIFA sponsorship which ends December 31, according to Japanese reports. After the loss of Emirates Airlines as a sponsor last month FIFA had said that it was in "ongoing talks with Sony" over renewal of their eight year deal. Now it seems those talks have ended.

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Member associations in line for bumper Yuletide development bonus from FIFA

fifa3By David Owen
November 23 – Towards the end of one of the most difficult months of his long tenure comes a reminder of one of the reasons why Sepp Blatter has for so long proved so difficult to dislodge from his post as FIFA President.

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Focus now falls on Scala as Eckert and Garcia play 'pass-the-parcel'

domenico scala2By Andrew Warshaw
November 21 - The hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups by Russia and Qatar, which appeared to be a closed case a week ago, has been plunged back into the spotlight after the two FIFA ethics chiefs at the centre of the anti-corruption investigation agreed the evidence should be further examined in-house - and then opened up to FIFA's entire executive committee.

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Blatter calls Dyke's bluff asking if he is offering indemnity if English report published

Greg Dyke FABy Andrew Warshaw
November 20 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has personally rejected English FA chairman Greg Dyke's demand for Michael Garcia's World Cup investigation report into allegations of misconduct surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids to be published in full.

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Al-Majid reveals she was an FBI informant as she expands anti-Qatar claims

Phaedra Al-MajidBy Andrew Warshaw
November 20 - One of the two whistleblowers whose evidence to the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid investigation was deemed unreliable has revealed she was contacted by the FBI after initially making her corruption claims against Qatar and says she permanently fears for her life.

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FIFA ups the stakes and opens Garcia report to Swiss criminal investigators

Hans Joachim Eckert3By Andrew Warshaw and Paul Nicholson
November 18 - In another dramatic twist in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup investigation into possible corruption in the bidding process, FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint against a number of individuals ("persons") with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in Berne.

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Whistleblowers break cover complaining their identities were betrayed

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw
November 18 - Two whistleblowers who provided potentially incriminatory evidence to the FIFA World Cup anti-corruption probe are furious that their cover has been effectively blown and have both registered a formal complaint against FIFA ethics judge Hans Joachim Eckert.

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