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FIFA fines four clubs over late payments to players and could dock points

FIFA has fined four clubs -- two in Qatar, one in the United Arab Emirates and one in Iran -- and threatened them with points deductions for ignoring orders to pay "overdue" amounts to players.

World football's governing body said Qatar Sports Club and Al-Shamal Sports Club, both in Qatar, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Saba Qom (Iran) had been given deadlines of between 30 and 90 days to pay.

Any club that fails to meet its deadline would be deducted six points in its domestic...

Madonna planning to open football academy in Malawi

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Madonna has plans to open a football academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica's youth academy.

Madonna follows 12-year-old David's progress in Portugal closely, living in Lisbon and often posting photos and videos from the sidelines of his games.

"It is actually David's idea that we should build a football academy," Madonna said on a recent visit to Malawi, where she adopted...

Germany down 14 places in FIFA world rankings; France up to No. 1

Manuel Neuer insists despite the stressing nature of Germany's World Cup exit, the playing group must move on.
Former West Germany striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Germany's preparation was not up to scratch ahead of the World Cup.

Germany's exit in the group stage of the World Cup has seen them plummet to 15th in FIFA's world rankings -- their lowest position in more than a decade.

The defending World Cup champions entered the competition No. 1 in the rankings, but they failed to reach the knockout rounds and made their earliest exit from the tournament in 80 years. They were ranked No. 22 in March 2006 but finished the year ranked No. 6 after finishing third at the World Cup.

France are top of the rankings after winning...

FIFA defends overhaul of ethics code that protects "reputations of others"

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.

Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who "tarnish the reputations of others" must be banned from football.

The Associated Press revealed Monday that a new offence of defamation had been added to the document governing the conduct of participants in the game, with scope for a ban of up to five years from football.

While the code provides no precise definition of defamation, FIFA has now provided further context in a statement, saying it is "the act of communicating...

Sporting Lisbon file complaint to FIFA seeking compensation for players who quit

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio

Sporting Lisbon have filed a complaint to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against three of their players that terminated their contracts and signed for other teams as free agents. The Portuguese club is seeking compensation for the departed players.

A total of nine players quit Sporting after an attack by fans at their training ground in May after they failed to qualify for the Champions League on the final day of the season.

Among those was Rui Patricio, the Portuguese goalkeeper...

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Pierluigi Collina steps down as UEFA's chief of referees, maintains FIFA post

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton explains why the use of VAR in Russia exceeded his expectations.

ZURICH -- Former World Cup final referee Pierluigi Collina has stepped down as UEFA's refereeing boss after eight years for personal reasons, European football's governing body said on Wednesday.

The shaven-headed Italian is also head of FIFA's refereeing committee, where he has been a firm supporter of the video assistant referee (VAR) system which was used at the World Cup for the first time this year.

UEFA, on the other hand, has decided not to use VAR during this season's Champions League, with...