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# Political Football

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2022
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Fifa announce expanded 32-team Club World Cup from 2025
New-look club competition to take place every four years, while Fifa also plan new ‘World Series’ international friendly tournament.
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England show World Cup credentials in game to be remembered for Iran's brave protest
The Iranian players refused to sing their national anthem in a 6-2 loss to England in Qatar.
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Why Qatar wanted to host the World Cup - It's not just about sportswashing
The most controversial World Cup ever is a result of the sport being used as a political tool – one which shows both the power and vulnerability of its hosts.
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Sepp Blatter avoids testifying at start of Fifa fraud trial
The former president of football’s governing body and French football legend Michel Platini were appearing at a Swiss criminal court.
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Door closes on the European Super League, but the debate was over before it had begun
How the failed European Super League lost the comms battle before it even began
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Gareth Southgate promises England will not close their eyes to Qatar controversy
England formally confirmed their place at the tournament in 12 months with a 10-0 thrashing of San Marino in Serravalle on Monday.
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Fifa to discuss plans for biennial World Cups at associations summit next week
The world governing body is in favour of shortening the gap between its showpiece event from four to two years.
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Ukraine's newly unveiled Euros kit sparks fury in Moscow
Ukraine’s jerseys feature a map of Ukraine including Russian-annexed Crimea as well as nationalist slogans.
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Former players want ‘decisive action’ in reform of English football’s governance
The European Super League breakaway attempt raised major concerns.
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FA chairman resigns after controversial comments to MPs
Greg Clarke talked his way into controversy today with a range of comments which drew accusations of stereotyping.
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Go inside John Delaney's FAI with Champagne Football on TV tonight
The show will air at 9pm on Virgin Media.
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Niall Quinn dismisses Barrett conflict claims as 'accusations from naysayers'
FAI chairman has denied any conflict of interest despite Bank of Ireland recommendation.
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Boris Johnson backs call for Premier League clarity on failed Saudi Newcastle takeover
The Independent Football Ombudsman has also advised the Premier League to release a statement.
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Explainer: unravelling a dramatic split in the FAI boardroom
Gavin Cooney on what this latest Irish football row is all about.
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20 years of drama in Irish football, Chapter 1: the rise and fall of John Delaney
In the first in the series, Garry Doyle speaks to figures in the game about the man who rose to become chief executive and oversaw the Association for almost a decade and a half.
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'Liverpool will win the title one way or another' - Uefa president Ceferin certain Reds will be champions
The Slovenian has dismissed the notion of Jurgen Klopp’s side missing out on the trophy if the 2019-20 season is voided.
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FAI officials vote 'strongly in favour' of €50 million rescue deal
FAI chairperson Roy Barrett welcomed the news as ‘a major step forward for our game’.
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Showbiz, Baby! Bertie, Eamon Dunphy and a Celtic Tiger pop culture low-point
In September 2001, the then-leader of the country appeared as a guest pundit on RTE show The Premiership.
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Gerry McAnaney elected new FAI president at EGM
He replaces Donal Conway.
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'I feel totally let down but it's time for players and clubs to take control of Irish football's future'
Dundalk skipper Brian Gartland says despite the anger he feels after watching today’s proceedings, the League of Ireland has an opportunity to evolve.
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Wenger defends Ozil's freedom of speech amid China storm
However, the former Arsenal boss also noted that individuals must accept responsibility for a stance.
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'Serious merit in proposals': Shane Ross backs all-island soccer league
The Irish Football Association in Northern Ireland has dismissed such proposals so far.
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Glazers have no plans to sell Manchester United – Woodward
The club boss addressed speculation linking Saudi Arabia’s crown prince with a takeover bid for Manchester United.
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Catherine Murphy 'not surprised' John Delaney used defamation actions against Irish media
The Social Democrats co-leader said ‘others have done exactly the same’.
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Koscielny slams Baku Europa League final after Arsenal team-mate Mkhitaryan forced out
The Armenian will not travel to Baku to face Chelsea due to concerns over his safety.
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Comfort breaks, a Healy-Rae and Brexit? John Delaney's 'long' day at Leinster House
Ruth Coppinger said that Delaney’s refusal to fully engage with all questions, citing legal advice, turned today’s hearing into “Hamlet without the prince.”
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John Delaney says he can't answer questions on €100,000 loan to FAI due to legal advice
And the former FAI chief cited ‘highly prejudicial’ comments at Oireachtas committee.
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The FAI board insists it's taking steps to 'address concerns'
Consulting group Mazars are tasked with completing ‘an in-depth external review of all matters’.
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LeBron James blasts NFL owners as 'old white men' with 'slave mentality'
The Los Angeles Lakers star hit out at American Football bosses for their approach, saying they’re inflexible.
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Modric has a dig at Messi and Ronaldo for skipping Ballon d'Or ceremony
The Real Madrid midfielder has ended the duopoly.
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Trump gives media red card after meeting Fifa boss Infantino
The head of football’s governing body met the US president on Tuesday to discuss the 2026 World Cup.
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EA Sports apologise after Colin Kaepernick's name wiped from soundtrack lyrics on Madden
Big Sean complained that his verse on Big Bank was edited to exclude the shunned quarterback.
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'It is not possible to accept this kind of racist attitude': Turkish president Erdogan issues support for Ozil
Erdogan says Ozil’s stance is ‘completely patriotic’.
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Arlene Foster praised for being first DUP leader to attend Ulster football final
Foster was also praised for standing up during the Irish national anthem.
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Argentina cancels its Israel World Cup friendly in Jerusalem
A Palestinian football boss had urged fans to burn shirts bearing Messi’s name if he played the match in Jerusalem.
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Balotelli clashes with Italian deputy prime minister over citizenship laws
The striker does not want other children of immigrants to suffer as he did in waiting for citizenship until turning 18.
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US-Canada-Mexico vs Morocco: 2026 Fifa World Cup hosts to be announced in June
Fifa bidding process is “fair, objective and transparent”, president Gianni Infantino said.
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Former World Player of the Year George Weah elected president of Liberia
The 1995 Ballon d’Or winner starred for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
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NFL owners have discussed a 'nuclear option' that would force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys
The Cowboys owner is battling with the league.
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Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL owners
The former 49ers quarterback is still looking for a job.