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4th sub, sin-bins and video refs on football rulemakers' agenda

IFABBy Andrew Warshaw
February 27 - The lawmakers of world football are to consider allowing a fourth substitute in extra time and will at last try to get to grips with the contentious so-called "triple punishment" when they convene in Belfast today and tomorrow.

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Van Praag to outline 'normalisation' agenda before hitting Conmebol trail

Michael van PraagFebruary 27 - FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag steps up his campaign bid early next week by unveiling his manifesto on Monday - then flying straight to the Conmebol Congress in Paraguay to lobby for support.

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Sheikh Ahmad declares his Olympian assault on FIFA's higher summits

Sheikh AhmedBy Andrew Warshaw
February 27 - Kuwait's Olympic supremo Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, one of the most influential powerbrokers in world sport, has formally put his name forward to take up one of Asia's slots on the FIFA executive committee. Ahead of Saturday's deadline, Skeikh Ahmad has been officially nominated by his home football federation, prompting immediate speculation that he may ultimately be setting his sights on the FIFA presidency in 2019.

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Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad poised to make FIFA powerplay

Sheikh AhmedBy Andrew Warshaw
February 26 - Kuwait's Olympic supremo Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, arguably the most powerful figure in Asian sport, looks set to throw his hat into the ring to take up one of Asia's slots on the FIFA Executive Committee.

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D'Hooghe puts the picture straight as FIFA ethics clear him of misconduct

Michel DHoogheBy Andrew Warshaw
February 25 - Michel d'Hooghe, FIFA's longest-standing executive committee member, has been cleared of any misconduct in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, bringing an end to what he described a few weeks ago as the hardest period of his life.

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Figo appeals for federation votes with cash and World Cup promises

Louis Figo3By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
February 19 - Promising to prioritise grass-roots football and a fairer distribution of funds as well as increase the number of World Cup finalists, Portuguese icon Luis Figo today became the first candidate for FIFA president to launch an official manifesto as distinct from simply mission statements.

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Blatter condemns Sacchi's comments as Italian racism rears its ugly white head

Sepp Blatter11February 19 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been quick to react to former Italian national coach Arrigo Sacchi's complaint that there were too many black players in Italian youth football.

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Blatter builds on his African platform with development promise

Blatter and HayatouFebruary 16 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is leaving no stone unturned in his determination to secure the African vote at the presidential election in May.

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Kasper skis back into Winter World Cup row with avalanche of complaint

Gian-Franco KasperBy Andrew Warshaw
February 12 - As FIFA prepares to formally approve plans to switch the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter to avoid the searing June-July Gulf heat, the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) has denounced football's world governing body for selfishness over the effect such a decision would have on the winter sports schedule.

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