By Andrew Warshaw
February 28 – Is Gianni Infantino beginning to feel the pinch over expanding the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and pressing ahead with his $25 billion pet project to change the face of global competitions?
By Paul Nicholson
February 28 – City Football Group (CFG) owners of Manchester City, have signed a kit sponsorship with Puma which will see the sportswear company supply five of CFG’s clubs in what Puma says is its biggest deal ever.
February 28 – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been released from prison on bail after 643 days in custody on charges of money laundering. He had been denied bail several times, but a defiant Rosell maintains his innocence.
February 28 – Amidst the global outpouring of sympathy and grief over the untimely death of Emiliano Sala, the player’s transfer fee is hanging over the tragedy with FIFA now investigating after Nantes made a claim against Cardiff City.
February 28 – Just 24 hours after a Tanzanian referee was banned for life, the drip-drip of African football corruption has snared an even more high-profile figure with former Zambian FA vice president Boniface Mwamelo thrown out of the game for life for taking bribes to help fix matches.
February 28 – The English Football Association is investigating claims that Manchester City made a banned payment of £200,000 to Jadon Sancho’s agent when the England winger – now an emerging superstar in Germany – was just 14 years old.
February 28 – The Mauritania Football Federation (Ffrim) has said it plans to grow the women’s game by accelerating the development of its women’s national team. The move comes as the women’s game gears up to this year’s Women’s World Cup in France.
February 28 – FIFA have competed another stadium inspection visit to Qatar focussing on various stadium facilities, including competition areas, ticketing, marketing, media, broadcasting, IT, hospitality, protocol, security and health and safety.
February 28 – English Championship club Nottingham Forest have extended their lease on The City Ground with the local council that will now enable them to push forward with an expansion of the ground to 38,000.
February 28 – Conotoxia has signed as the first local sponsor for the U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.
By Paul Nicholson
February 27 – For the second time in a week Concacaf has been moved to issue a statement over the communications of US Soccer Federation (USSF) president Carlos Cordeiro, and to reassure members, sponsors and the region’s football community that the Gold Cup is not under threat of being disbanded.
February 27 – On the second day of his high-profile trial, Sandro Rosell, the former Barcelona president who is accused of money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian team, denied any wrongdoing but spoke only through his lawyer.
By Samindra Kunti
February 27 – The countdown to the Women’s World Cup has begun in earnest with today marking 100 days to go until France and South Korea kick-off the women’s flagship tournament in Paris on June 7.
February 27 – Yet another African referee has been banned for life for match-fixing in the latest sanction to heap ignominy on the credibility of the Continent’s officials.