Banned Kuwaiti politicos plan charm offensive to get FIFA ban lifted

Kuwait FA logoFebruary 10 - Kuwaiti government officials are preparing to tour the world in an effort to persuade FIFA to lift the ban it imposed on the Kuwait Football Association last October - for government interference.

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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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Qatar set to commit further $22bn in 2016 on World Cup 2022 infrastructure

Qatar stadium constructionBy Samindra Kunti
February 9 - Qatar will award $22 billion worth of new contracts in 2016 as the Emirate maintains its spending spree in advance of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Montagliani heads north American push for power at CONCACAF

Victor Montagliani2By Paul Nicholson
February 9 – The battle for the presidency of CONCACAF has been raised a notch in intensity with the official announcement by Canadian FA president and CONCACAF executive committee member Victor Montagliani that he will run for election in May at the confederation's congress in Mexico.

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German FA launches legal action against Beckenbauer and FIFA over dubious payment

Germany 2006By Mark Baber
February 9 - The German Football Federation (DFB) has confirmed that it has launched legal proceedings against the 2006 World Cup Organizing Committee, which includes Franz Beckenbauer and former DFB presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, as well as Horst R. Schmidt and Fedor Radmann in order to protect itself from potential damages of up to €25 million.

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Premier League's new logo continues fat cat theme without Barclays

Premier League new logoFebruary 9 –The Premier League has unveiled its new logo for the 2016/17 season. Gone is the Barclays title sponsorship but retained is the crowned lion's head giving a nod to the past while providing for a shiny upgrade to the league's visual identity.

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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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