Andrew Warshaw: Restoring FIFA’s tattered reputation is a big ask of new communications chief De Gregorio


It’s one thing spearheading FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s election manifesto against a single opponent who later pulls out anyway. It’s quite another taking on a sceptical global media to try to repair the organisation’s battered standing in the game.

That’s the task facing FIFA’s new communications chief Walter De Gregorio, who takes up his new post on October 1.

Given the need-to-know basis on which the FIFA communications policy has operated in the past,

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CAF strikes new centralised World Cup deal with Italian firm


By David Gold

September 20 – Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou has signed a contract with Italian company B4, who are closely associated with French organisations Lagardère Sport and Sportfive, for the sale of centralised television and marketing rights to the African World Cup qualifiers.

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QPR sign major shirt deal with Asian airline giants


By Emily Goddard

September 19 – Queens Park Rangers has announced a multi-million pound shirt sponsorship deal with Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia – whose owner, Tony Fernandes, also completed a takeover of the English Premier League newcomers last month, that now sees him working alongside the Mittal family, who have retained their 33 per cent stake.

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David Owen: Beckham to Paris? Oui, Oui oh Oui!

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So David Beckham is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, according to a BBC headline.

It is an arresting story, but would it make sense?

Well, yes, actually, I think it would – though the reasons have little to do with the former England captain’s capacity for delivering pinpoint crosses from the right touchline.

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