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FIFA dismisses racist abuse claim made by England U17 player after probe

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Morgan Gibbs-White
It was claimed Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused during England's Under-17 World Cup final against Spain.

FIFA's willingness to prosecute racism complaints at the World Cup in Russia was questioned by activists on Thursday after the governing body dropped a case from the Under-17 World Cup without taking action.

England striker Rhian Brewster reported overhearing teammate Morgan Gibbs-White being called a "monkey" by a Spanish opponent during their team's 5-2 victory in India last October.

FIFA's disciplinary panel concluded there was a "lack of sufficient evidence that could corroborate the English...

Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Celta Vigo fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations

Benfica's Estadio da Luz
Benfica, who play at Estadio da Luz, have been fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations.

FIFA have fined Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, as well as Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, for third-party involvement in transfer deals.

The organisation announced on Thursday the sanctions given to several clubs and federations who have breached FIFA regulations but did not reveal which transfers had led to the punishment.

Benfica, second in the Primeira Liga, were fined 150,000 Swiss francs (approximately £109,000 or $155,000) for entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence...

 By PA Sport

Congo FA president Constant Omari arrested on corruption charges

Constant Omari has been arrested in Kinshasa.

FIFA's attempts to rebuild its credibility received another blow when it emerged that Congolese Federation of Association Football (FECOFA) president Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges in Kinshasa.

Omari is also a vice-president of the African Football Confederation and has been a member of FIFA's all-powerful Council since 2015.

The most powerful man in football in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Omari was arrested late on Tuesday along with two other FECOFA officials, Theobald...

FIFA council member arrested, questioned on suspicion of embezzlement

FIFA council member Constant Omari
Constant Omari, a FIFA council member, is being questioned on suspicion of embezzlement.

FIFA council member Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges related to his role as president of the football federation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Omari, who is also a vice president of the Confederation of African Football, was arrested on Tuesday and is accused of embezzling money given to the federation by the government to help fund the DR Congo national team and Congolese clubs.

He was arrested along with two other federation officials and a sports ministry official....

FIFA charges Russia over fan racism during friendly vs. France

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FIFA has charged Russia over fan racism in the friendly against France at St. Petersburg.

FIFA on Tuesday charged World Cup hosts Russia over fan racism during their friendly against France, while law enforcement agencies say they thwarted an alleged "extermist" plot by to derail the event this summer.

Monkey chants were aimed at France players including midfielder Paul Pogba as France won in St. Petersburg last month.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident," FIFA said on Tuesday.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) said...

Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid masks country's homosexuality ban

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein, Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner discuss how they see African teams faring in the 2018 World Cup.

A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco on Monday to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 showpiece: Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country.

An Associated Press review of 483 pages of documents submitted to FIFA found Morocco failed to declare its anti-LGBT law as a risk factor and provide a remedy, appearing to flout stringent new bidding requirements.

FIFA has demonstrated a growing awareness in recent years of how rights abuses...