October 28 – Conmebol’s 10 FIFA members have shot down once and for all any suggestion that they would favour a World Cup taking place every two years. The South Americans had already indicated their opposition to the idea but have now made that formal, saying they would not play in a biennial event.
October 28 – The temporary move to give teams the option of making five substitutions per game instead of the standard three has been given the green light by football’s lawmakers to become permanent.
October 28 – Inter Milan have formally reported losses of losses of €245.6 million for the covid-impacted 2020/21 season on revenues of €364.7 million.
October 28 – Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into dozens of transfers involving Serie A clubs.
October 28 – FIFA has broken with logo design tradition with the launch of a bold Women’s World Cup 2023 brand identity and tournament slogan.
October 28 – Heavily in debt off the field and in dire crisis on it by their own high standards, Barcelona have sacked head coach Ronald Koeman following their latest defeat Wednesday to Rayo Vallecano.
October 28 – Japan will open their defence of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 in Mumbai, India, next January against tournament newcomers Myanmar.
October 28 – Australia’s Josh Cavallo has become one of the world’s first active male professional footballers to publicly come out as gay, saying “he couldn’t be happier with his decision”.
October 28 – FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura has joined the Board of Directors of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international non-profit organisation that works towards a hunger-free future, the global governing body announced on Wednesday.
By Paul Nicholson
October 27 – Europe’s MEPs have called for more government oversight of sports and have made it clear in their opposition to any ‘breakaway leagues’ in a report adopted by the Committee on Culture and Education by 29 votes to 1 with one 1 abstention.
October 27 – Global provider of agriculture products UPL Ltd has become a regional supporter of the 2022 World Cup.
October 27 – Two key organisations in the running of European football have announced a joint initiative calling for greater influence over decisions affecting the future of the sport in the wake of the failed breakaway Super League project and the seemingly aborted plan to stage the World Cup every two years.
October 27 – Private Equity fund Advent International is considering buying a stake in the Ligue de Football Professionnel’s (LFP) new media company.
October 27 – FIFA and its president Gianni Infantino has again called on the international community to help with the resettlement of Afghan athletes after the Taliban takeover of their country.
October 27 – OL Groupe, the holding company of Ligue1 club Olympique Lyonnias, has officially reported a loss of €33.9 million for the Covid-hit 2020/21 season, the first time the group has reported a loss since it moved to its Groupama Stadium nine years ago.