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Report: Real Madrid president broaches idea of rival global club competition

Paul Mariner sifts through Jurgen Klopp's comments that Liverpool may forfeit the Carabao Cup.

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has been approached by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to create an annual worldwide club competition, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, in addition to holding talks with FIFA about acquiring the commercial rights to the revamped Club World Cup.

CVC is in discussions with FIFA over funding the event in a deal that would include gaining television rights to matches it would then sell to broadcasters worldwide, the report said.

The Club...

Ex-Afghanistan chief Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam banned for violations regarding abuse of women

Former Afghan football official Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam has been banned from the sport for five years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs after being found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee of violations relating to the abuse of female players.

Sediqi is the third official to be sanctioned in the case which saw former Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuudin Karim banned for life in June following complaints lodged by several female Afghan players.

FIFA said its ethics committee had established...

Former CONCACAF head Enrique Sanz given life ban for bribery

Former CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz has been given a life ban from football after being found guilty of bribery.
Enrique Sanz was found guilty of bribery in competitions organised between 2012 and 2015.

Former general secretary of North American soccer's governing body CONCACAF Enrique Sanz has been banned from any football-related activity for life after being found guilty of bribery, FIFA announced on Tuesday.

Sanz was found guilty of negotiating bribes in competitions organised by FIFA, CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) between 2012 and 2015.

He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,200) by the world soccer governing body.

Sanz,...

FIFA orders Cardiff to pay £5.3m for Sala transfer

Flowers, messages and candles are placed in front of a giant portrait of Emilianio Sala
Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash following his move from Nantes to Cardiff.

FIFA has ordered Cardiff City to pay a transfer fee of £5.3 million (€6m) to Nantes for Emiliano Sala.

Sala died in a plane crash in January while travelling from Nantes to Cardiff after the two clubs agreed upon a transfer for the Argentine striker. After his death, the clubs failed to reach an agreement over the striker's outstanding £15m transfer fee so Nantes referred the case to FIFA in April.

- In search of Emiliano Sala

In a statement on Monday, FIFA said: "The...

Nicaragua FA confirms The Best voting mix-up

Craig Burley says Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde's struggles can only get worse if Lionel Messi's injury against Villarreal sidelines the star man.

The Nicaragua football federation (Fenifut) on Thursday confirmed that it was left-back Manuel Rosas, and not team captain Juan Barrera, whose vote was sent in to FIFA in its The Best voting for its player of the year.

The federation said it mistakenly told FIFA that it was Barrera who voted, when in fact, it was Rosas. Rosas' vote was for Lionel Messi

FIFA on Friday also issued a statement saying that the sport's governing body was "disappointed to see a number of reports in the media questioning...

FIFA agrees plan to cap agent fees, loan deals

Alejandro Moreno says the only way Barcelona can get Napoli duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz is with a "blockbuster" deal in the summer.

A FIFA panel has agreed limits on fees that agents can take from the $7 billion annual football transfer market and to caps on the number of player loan deals that clubs can make.

Seeking some control over the global trade in players often described as a "Wild West," FIFA said its stakeholders committee of football industry experts recommended key principles on Wednesday.

- When does the transfer window reopen?
- All major completed transfer deals

The panel, which includes delegates from FIFA,...