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FIFA tells PACE to jog on as Qatar vote-collusion claims rear their ugly head

FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw
April 24 - FIFA have been quick to respond to a resolution tabled by a group of European politicians calling for a re-rerun of what they describe as the "illegal" bidding process for the 2022 World Cup which has been dogged by unsubstantiated corruption claims ever since Qatar won the vote by a landslide in December 2010.

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Israeli NGO hits back at Palestinians calling for suspension of 'terrorist' Rajoub

Israel vs Palestine flagsBy Andrew Warshaw
April 23 - A rightwing Israeli non-governmental organisation has stepped up the propaganda war of words over the treatment of Palestinian footballers in the West Bank and Gaza by blaming Palestinian football leader Jibril Rajoub for deliberately stirring up trouble.

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Rajoub says 'no compromise' unless Israel lift Palestinian restrictions

Jibril Rajoub 2April 23 - Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub (pictured) insists he will not back down from demanding Israel be suspended from world football until and unless the Israelis are seen to have totally lifted their restrictions on free movement of players and officials between the West Bank and Gaza.

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NGOs call for FIFA candidates to make human rights a priority issue

Qatari construction workersBy Andrew Warshaw
April 22 - A coalition of non-governmental organisations has written to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the three candidates bidding for his job urging them to make tackling human rights a priority as soon as the May 29 election is over - especially when it comes to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Blatter sides firmly with IOC's Bach as SportAccord head goes on offensive

SportAccordBy David Owen at the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit in Sochi
April 21 - FIFA President Joseph Blatter has sided firmly with Thomas Bach, his International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart, as the IOC boss came under withering attack from SportAccord's Marius Vizer in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday.

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Israelis fear 'judgement day' as Palestinians refuse to back down

Ofer EiniBy Andrew Warshaw
April 20 - Israeli officials headed to Switzerland today to fight their corner with UEFA and FIFA in order to stave off a potential "day of judgement" with regard to their very existence as a footballing nation.

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Figo keen to exploit fertile CONCACAF lobbying territory

imagesBy Andrew Warshaw
April 14 - The Fifa presidential campaign swings into the Bahamas this week, with Concacaf the latest battle ground for those bidding for power on May 29.

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For and against: someone's backside will get spanked in the FIFA elections

Bring itApril 14 - Ask two former legendary players from two different continents and you will likely get two different viewpoints on the upcoming FIFA presidential election.

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Kiwis assess joint World Cup bid with Australia

Martin SneddinApril 13 - FIFA's keenness to push the World Cup finals around as many parts of the world as possible has not been lost on New Zealand who are apparently eyeing up the possibility of becoming joint hosts with Australia.

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