June 10 – Having been too ill to stake the stand on Wednesday in his trial for fraud, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was well enough to face his accusers in the Swiss court in Bellinzona yesterday (Thursday) and denied that a CHF2 million payment to Michel Platini was fraudulent.
June 9 – The start of the eagerly awaited criminal trial of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini was pushed back 24 hours on Wednesday after Blatter told the court he was too ill to testify because of chest pains.
June 8 – African trio Morocco, Nigeria and Tanzania have completed the lineup for the U17 Women’s World Cup in India.
June 8 – FIFA has expanded its FIFA+ streaming platform with the addition of Japanese, Korean, Italian and Bahasa languages.
By Andrew Warshaw
June 7 – After an investigation lasting seven years, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the two most powerful officials in world football, go on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday facing fraud, embezzlement and other corruption charges in a criminal case that has gripped world football politics.
May 26 – The international players’ union, Fifpro, has criticised the decision by FIFA’s ethics committee not to punish an Argentinian women’s football coach accused of alleged sexual harassment and abusive behaviour.
May 24 – CAF boss Patrice Motsepe has become the latest football administrator to downplay the plight of migrant workers in Qatar when he spoke of their “privilege and the excitement of employment” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
May 23 – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has denied allegations that he received ‘sexual gifts’ from former Haiti football president Yves Jean Bart.
May 20 – In a historic first, Stéphanie Frappart of France, Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, three women, have been chosen among the 36 referees to officiate at the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA announced on Thursday.
May 12 – Ecuador’s place in this year’s World Cup finals appears to be in seriously jeopardy after FIFA opened a disciplinary case looking into whether the country fielded an ineligible player during qualifying.
May 12 – The World Cup has begun its now traditional journey quadrennial journey towards the World Cup host nation, in this case Qatar and arriving in time for the October-November event. The tour has become the FIFA equivalent of the Olympic flame.
By Samindra Kunti in Vienna
May 11 – Gianni Infantino has said that the “the undeniable progress” on migrant worker rights host nation Qatar has made will be part of the 2022 World Cup legacy.
May 11 – The separation of EA Sports and its FIFA gaming franchise from the world governing body will take another edition before completion. EA Sports will release a FIFA 23 title this year before renaming the world’s biggest football video game EA Sports FC.
May 10 – Even though it is a meaningless fixture, the abandoned 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina will have to be replayed after FIFA rejected appeals from both national federations.