Ban on women footballers wearing hijab to be lifted

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By Andrew Warshaw in Baghsot

March 3 – The ultra-conservative International Football Association Board (IFAB), comprising FIFA and the four British Home Associations, rarely if ever reverses its decisions but made an exception by unanimously agreeing to lift the ban on the Islamic headscarf being worn by female footballers, pending health and safety checks.

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IMG pull out of football representation

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By David Gold

February 25 – Sports management moguls IMG will no longer represent professional footballers, including Manchester City and Argentinian striker Sergio Agüero (pictured), after deciding the business does not represent value for money.

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Hayatou remains as CAF President

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By Andrew Warshaw

February 12 – Controversial African powerbroker Issa Hayatou (pictured) has been handed a vote of confidence to remain as President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) despite being recently reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over corruption allegations.

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Warner claims he has written evidence to prove TV rights were given to him by FIFA for votes

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By Duncan Mackay

January 13 – FIFA tonight found itself at the centre of more astonishing allegations from former vice-president Jack Warner over the decision to award him World Cup television rights for as little as $1 (£0.65/€0.77), including the Trinidadian claiming he had written evidence that they were given to him in return for votes for Sepp Blatter in his election campaigns.

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