Makudi disgraced as Thai court convicts him of electoral fraud

Worawi Makudi3By Andrew Warshaw
July 23 - Three months after being replaced on FIFA's executive committee following an 18-year stint, Thai football boss Worawi Makudi has been found guilty of electoral fraud in his homeland and sentenced to a suspended jail term.

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Iranian football at a crossroads as sanctions due to be lifted

Iranian fansBy Mark Baber
July 17 - With Iran, the US, Europe and Russia having reached an historic settlement of the nuclear issue the lifting of economic sanctions and the reintegration of the Islamic Republic into the global economy is likely to transform the fortunes of Iranian football, one way or another.

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Pakistan federation faces federal probe into accounts

Faisal Saleh HayatBy Mark Baber
July 15 - Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has launched an investigation into the accounts of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).

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Chinese club giant Guangzhou Evergrande files for IPO

Guangzhou evergrandeBy Mark Baber
July 3 - Guangzhou Evergrande, China's most successful club of recent years, has filed with the National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) to list on the so-called 'New Third Board' - a trading platform for shares in small- and medium-sized companies - according to a Thursday filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Pakistani president Hayat re-elected despite court ban

Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh HayatBy Mark Baber
July 2 - Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat was re-elected President of the Pakistani Football Federation (PFF) for a further four years at a meeting of the PFF congress held in Abbotabad's Hotel Legrand.

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China's Evergrande lay down marker with £9.8m Paulinho buy from Spurs

PaulinhoBy Mark Baber
June 30 - As the centre of gravity of the world's economy shifts toward the Asia-Pacific region, the signing of Tottenham midfielder Paulinho for £9.8 million, in the wake of the country's leadership putting its weight behind the development of football, looks like a statement of intent from the Chinese club football.

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FFA and A-League bang heads as pay dispute finds no resolution

Aussie soccerBy Mark Baber
June 26 - Talks between the A-League and Professional Players Australia (PFA) have broken down with the Football Federation Australia (FFA) bosses accusing players of putting the future of the League in jeopardy and the PFA considering legal and industrial action.

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Indian FA calls for access to wider talent pool after loss to Guam

India vs GuamBy Mark Baber
June 25 - In the wake of tiny island territory Guam (population 165,124) defeating India (population 1.252 billion) in a World Cup qualifier on June 16, attention has turned to the issue of people of Indian origin (PIOs) who may offer salvation for the country's national team. However, the Indian government opposes their inclusion in the national team, setting up a potentially dangerous confrontation with FIFA.

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Racist Chinese poster increases tensions with Hong Kong

Chinese posterBy Mark Baber
June 18 - A poorly conceived marketing campaign for China's World Cup qualifiers, which included a poster saying "don't underestimate black skin, yellow skin, white skin Hong Kong" has led to accusations of racism, an apparent apology from the Chinese FA (CFA) and a sharpening of tensions between the mainland and Hong Kong fans.

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