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    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been pictured appearing to SUPPORT the OneLove armband, despite banning its use during the World Cup. A collection of seven competing nations were set to wear the armband in a show of support for LGBTQ+ community, but Fifa warned stars they may be booked if they wear it. 3Gianni Infantino was spotted appearing to support the OneLove armbandCredit: Twitter However, while next to German minister Nancy Faeser, Infantino was snapped posing with a smile on his face and pointing at the armband. Infantino, who became Fifa president in 2016, launched a stunning attack on the West following intense criticism of Qatar before the World Cup. He said: "This criticism is profoundly unjust. You don’t start accusing, fighting, insulting. You start engaging. We have heard many moral lessons from Europe and the western world. "But for what we Europeans have done over the past 3,000 years we should apologise for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons here. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPIN UR FACE Watch Uruguay boss Alonso get struck in...
    GARY Lineker has mocked FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bizarre speech following the World Cup One Love armband farce. It came after England joined six other nations in pulling out of using the rainbow symbol to show support for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. 2Gary Lineker channelled Infantino's bizarre speech - saying he 'obviously not feeling armbands today' 2Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armbandCredit: PA Infantino was widely mocked after giving an outlandish speech amid controversy in the lead up to the tournament. The FIFA boss told a stunned room of international reporters the day before the competition: “Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker." But Lineker channelled Infantino's bizarre speech as he opened the BBC's coverage of England's first game against Iran. "Gianni Infantino obviously not feeling armbands today”, he said. Read More World Cup StoriesBEER OH DEAR World Cup beer row kicks-off again as England fans pay same as those in luxurySOLIDARITY Alex Scott wears...
    QATARI-owned beIN Sports DELETED a tweet of their own World Cup pundit, Gary Neville, brutally slamming Fifa President Gianni Infantino. The Fifa boss, 52, has come under heavy criticism after his bizarre hour-long diatribe left Qatari World Cup critics stunned. 3Neville blasted Fifa and Infantino on beIN SportsCredit: beIN Sports 3Infantino has come under heavy criticism for his bizarre pre-tournament speechCredit: Getty 3Qatari-owned beIN Sports originally tweeted Neville's criticism of Fifa and Infantino before deletingCredit: beIN Sports "Spoilt brat" Infantino started by claiming: “Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker. “Of course I am not Qatari, Arab, gay or disabled. “But I was the son of a migrant worker, saw their conditions. Not in Qatar, but Switzerland. “As a child I was bullied because I had red hair and freckles. Plus I was Italian and didn’t speak German. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England in armband row ahead of Iran opener, Ronaldo finally breaks silence "What do you do? You...
    This is the first picture of FIFA boss Gianni Infantino with hair after his bizarre rant in which he claimed to know how it felt to be discriminated as he was 'ginger'. The World Cup boss – branded the World Cup wally after his 60 minute monologue on Saturday – sparked fury when he tried to defend hosts Qatar on the eve of the tournament kick off. Infantino, 52, sparked a furious backlash with his ludicrous outburst where he said:' I have strong feelings. Today I feel Qatari, I feel Arab, I feel African, I feel gay. I feel disabled. I feel a migrant worker.' He added he knew what it was like to be discriminated because he was 'bullied for his red hair and freckles as a child'. The picture of Swiss born Infantino was taken at a family gathering and given to a local news programme in his home country for a documentary after he was appointed president of FIFA in 2016. This is the first picture of FIFA boss Gianni Infantino with hair after his bizarre rant...
    WHEN it comes to the World Cup, you can’t keep a bad idea down. No sooner had Gianni Infantino admitted defeat in his plan for a World Cup every two years, than he started up the alternative. 5Gianni Infantino wants a World Cup every three yearsCredit: Rex Now the Fifa president is seeking to hold the greatest show on earth every THREE years as part of a 36-month tournament cycle. Under the new Infantino blueprint, year one would see his expanded, 24-team, Club World Cup. The middle summer would bring continental championships, such as the Euros and Copa America. And year three will be dominated by the World Cup. Infantino hinted at the idea after last week’s congress of the 211-member associations in Doha, arguing it was “important to do something . . . whether it’s a World Cup every two years or every three years”. Read More Football StoriesBRING IT HOME England's opener vs Iran to be shown on BBC as World Cup TV schedule revealedRU BEAUTY Erik ten Hag will make Ruben Neves his No1 priority if he lands Man Utd job...
    FIFA president Gianni Infantino "really wants to cry" after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup again. The four-time winners looked on course for a play-off showdown with Portugal for a spot at Qatar 2022. 2Italy lost at home to North Macedonia to end their hopes of qualifying for Qatar 2022Credit: Getty 2Gianni Infantino was desperate for the Azzurri to be there after missing the 2018 tournamentCredit: Getty But Roberto Mancini's side were stunned 1-0 by North Macedonia in their home semi-final after a 92nd-minute winner from the minnows. That ensured the Azzurri would miss a second World Cup in a row - despite winning the Euros just 257 days earlier. Infantino was born in Switzerland but his parents are migrants from the Italian regions of Calabria and Lombardy. And the Inter Milan fan, 52, revealed his sheer devastation at Italy's absence this winter. READ MORE SUN STORIESWORLD CUP DRAW All the info on draw for Qatar 2022 World Cup He told Rai Sport: "I really want to cry. "For all the Italians it is sad, it is...
    SENEGAL skipper Kalidou Koulibaly snubbed Gianni Infantino in bizarre scenes after the Africa Cup of Nations final. The winning captain was marched away from his team-mates by the Fifa president so he could be handed the trophy by the president of Cameroon. Wait for it... keep waiting... just a little longer...The long-awaited trophy lift - with ALL of the Senegal squad! ????Senegal are #AFCON2021 champions! ???????? pic.twitter.com/6KpUHmNZd3— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 6, 2022 3Kalidou Koulibaly was led away from his team to meet Fifa officialsCredit: AFP 3Koulibaly eventually made his way back to the Senegal squad and lifted the trophyCredit: Reuters However Koulibaly, 30, ignored instructions from Infantino and refused to lift the trophy by himself. There was confusion as the captain was led up the stadium stairs to exchange pleasantries with Fifa officials and Cameroon president Paul Biya. His team-mates were left to wait on the champions podium on the field in a farcical presentation. After arguing his point and being handed the trophy by Biya, the Napoli defender then carried the trophy back to the...
    (CNN)Gianni Infantino, the president of football's global governing body FIFA, has said his remarks about a biennial World Cup and bringing "hope" to refugees crossing the Mediterranean have been "misinterpreted."Speaking in an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday, Infantino spent the final part of his speech talking about FIFA and its "Future of Football" initiative.That initiative includes plans to host a World Cup every two years -- rather than four -- after the international match calendars for women's and men's football expire in 2023 and 2024 respectively. "This topic is not about whether we want a World Cup every two years, but about what do we want to do for the future of football," said Infantino, who went on to argue that, in Europe, it feels like the World Cup "takes place twice per week because the best players are playing [there]."He continued: "We need to find ways to include the entire world, to give hope to Africans so that they don't need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find, maybe, a...
    (CNN)With just under a year to go until the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that he has seen "great evolution" in the Gulf country. Speaking to CNN Sport's Amanda Davies, Infantino was questioned on reports -- the most recent from the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday -- regarding human rights issues in Qatar.Last week's ILO report said that at least 50 of Qatar's workers died in 2020, stating that the country was inadequately investigating these workplace deaths. Non-governmental organizations have alleged that migrant workers involved in World Cup infrastructure projects have been mistreated and abused.Qatar's Ministry of Labour said in a statement that "figures reported in media on migrant worker fatalities have been wildly misleading.""The government has been transparent about the health of our foreign population, and in reality, levels of mortality in Qatar are on par with wider demographics globally. Still, improving the health and well-being of foreign workers remains a top priority," the Ministry added.Read MoreREAD: Qatar is ready for 2022 World Cup as it strongly contests accusations of workers' rights abusesWhile Infantino...
    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has talked up the possibility of a remarkable future World Cup held in Israel and Palestine, despite the enduring and bloody violence in the region. Infantino is currently making his first official visit to Israel in his current role, and the suggestion comes just weeks after Arsene Wenger revealed plans to hold the tournament every two years, rather than its current four-year cycle. Despite the plans being widely condemned by fans and the media, it has opened up the possibility for many more countries to hold the World Cup, and Infantino has now raised perhaps the most remarkable suggestion so far.  Gianni Infantino has raised the possibility of a remarkable Israel-Palestine joint World Cup A Palestinian protester throws a burning projectile towards Israeli forces back in June Palestinian demonstrator returns tear gas canister fired by Israeli forces during demonstration RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Arsene Wenger believes football IS warming to his idea of a... Arsene Wenger claims offside decisions will be 'automated'... UEFA are on a potential...
    IF Gianni Infantino is banking on Boris Johnson to save next month’s World Cup qualifiers, he is going to be bitterly disappointed. The Fifa president wants our Government to allow Premier League stars to play in red-list countries without having to quarantine on their return. 6Gianni Infantino wants Boris Johnson to lift restrictions so footballers don't have to quarantine after playing in red-list countriesCredit: AP 6The Prime Minister is unlikely to play along for several reasonsCredit: AFP His request is based on the fact the UK waived the rules to stage the Euros and should do so again for the next set of international fixtures. But what he doesn’t realise is the populist Prime Minister only lifted travel restrictions  last month so he could rub shoulders with Tom Cruise and Kate Moss at Wembley. But there are no photo opportunities to be had from Ecuador v Paraguay nor Egypt v Angola. In fact, the vast majority of fans don’t even want to watch England going through the motions of the most pointless qualifying campaign of all time in a group...
    FIFA PRESIDENT Gianni Infantino was spotted at the Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil - less than 24 hours before the culmination of Euro 2020. Infantino was in attendance at the Maracana for the final of the oldest international football tournament just hours before he was due to jet off to London for England's clash with Italy at Wembley. 4FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in attendance for the Copa America FinalCredit: AFP 4But he WON'T have to quarantine when he arrives in England for the Euro 2020 finalCredit: AFP But the 51-year-old will be EXEMPT from hotel quarantine - despite touching down in the UK from a red list country. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has waived quarantine rules for VIPs attending the tournament. They do, however, have to leave the country within 24 hours of their arrival. Footy fans were fuming at Infantino's freedom to enter the UK without quarantine and took to Twitter to express their frustration. One said: "Gianni Infantino the President of @FIFAcom is at the Maracana for the #CopaAmericaFINAL where #COVID19 cases are sky high...
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has claimed that a new Women's Club World Cup is being planned in order to shake up the sport. Infantino revealed that it's his dream to see a female version of the tournament come to fruition following the creation of the men's one. 3Infantino has claimed that a Women's Club World Cup is in the processCredit: Reuters Speaking to L'Equipe, he said: "My dream is also to see the birth of the very first Women's Club World Cup. "It’s coming very soon. And it will really revolutionize women's football." The Fifa supremo's dream will see the top women teams in Europe battle it out with their US counterparts. The US national team are current World Champions and their domestic sides are also of high quality but rarely go toe to toe with Europe's top clubs. And the men's version of the competition, which Liverpool won in 2019, is also getting a revamp. It is held every year and usually consists of seven teams, which includes just one from Europe. But the new format...
    (CNN)Twelve elite football clubs intent on forming a new European Super League are facing a concerted backlash from the sport's governing bodies over their plan.FIFA President Gianni Infantino strongly condemned the ESL on Tuesday, telling clubs involved in the proposed breakaway that they must "live with the consequences."Speaking at the UEFA Congress, Infantino says world football's governing body "strongly disapproves" of the new league and urged clubs to think carefully about their next move. "There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain of sorts," said Infantino. "They need to reflect and need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, which are important of course, but they need to think of all the people. Read More"All the fans, of all those which have contributed to create what European football is today. What European football clubs are today."The Swiss stopped short of confirming whether players taking part in the proposed competition would be banned from FIFA's World Cup competition but hinted there would be repercussions. "If some elect to go their own...
    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been branded the puppet master behind the Super League project which threatens to rip up the fabric of European football. Infantino publicly warned players they will be banned from the World Cup and European Championships if their clubs form the proposed closed shop breakaway. 4Gianni Infantino has publicly warned against a Super LeagueCredit: PA:Press Association But LaLiga boss Javier Tebas has been handed documents circulating among would-be Super League members that he believes PROVE Infantino has been actively orchestrating the entire plan. And the Spaniard says the Swiss leader of the world game has hidden behind a secret code name. According to Tebas, the secret documents, which were drafted last year and have been circulating among leading clubs for weeks, point to the controlling interests of 'W01'. That stands, Tebas is convinced, for 'World Number One' — Gianni Infantino. Tebas said: “It is obvious that Gianni Infantino has been party to meetings and hosted the club organisation to be able to work on the Super League. “He has been working on it and has even...
    FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has refused to back the proposed European Super League - dealing the plans a significant blow. World chief Infantino was said to have been behind the plans, drafted by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and backed by Liverpool and Manchester United. 2Fifa president Gianni Infantino has refused to back the European Super League proposalCredit: PA:Press Association Fifa were reported as the backers of a £4.6billion concept for an 18-club closed-shop elite, including five Prem giants, from the start of the 2022-23 season. But Infantino gave the thumbs down to the plans as he insisted his sole aim is to get the revised and expanded Club World Cup up and running in China in 2022. Infantino said: “As Fifa President, I'm interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super League.  “I'm not interested in Bayern versus Liverpool, but Bayern versus Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires.  “Liverpool has 180 million fans worldwide. Flamengo about 40 million. Flamengo has 39 of these 40 million fans in Brazil.  “But Liverpool, however, has perhaps only 5 million fans in England,...
    After three decades, most polluted U.S. neighborhoods havent changed Restaurants are in fight mode as they cope with pandemic, Dunkin Brands CEO says Criminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino © APWF FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Soccer governing body FIFA says its $1.5 billion coronavirus relief plan to revive the sport and help national associations stay afloat comes with strict compliance and audit requirements. This relief plan is a great example of footballs solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file) GENEVA (AP) A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened by a Swiss special prosecutor on Thursday, plunging the soccer body into a new scandal and potentially threatening the tenure of the man who was brought in to restore its tarnished reputation. FIFA said it and Infantino will cooperate with Swiss authorities after prosecuto Stefan Keller -...
    The Swiss special prosecutor has opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino relating to dealings with the country’s attorney general Michael Lauber. Lauber offered to resign from his position last week after a court claimed he covered up undisclosed meetings with the head of football’s governing body and lied to supervisors while his office probed alleged corruption relating to FIFA. Stefan Keller was appointed as special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against Infantino, Lauber and other individuals. Proceedings have consequently commenced against Infantino and the chief public prosecutor of Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold. SOCCER NEWS: MLS is Back tournament updated schedule Keller has also requested permission to open proceedings against Lauber. A statement from the Swiss Federal Council said Keller had “reached the conclusion that, in connection with the meetings between Attorney General Lauber and FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the chief public prosecutor of the Upper Valais, there are indications of criminal conduct.” Both Infantino and Lauber have denied any wrongdoing. The Federal Council statement added: “The presumption of innocence applies to attorney general Michael Lauber, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and chief...
    Prosecutors in Switzerland have launched criminal proceedings against Fifa President Gianni Infantino to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.  Lauber last week offered to resign after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to supervisors while his office investigated corruption surrounding Football's governing body. The authority overseeing Switzerland's federal prosecutors on Thursday said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller, appointed earlier this month to review criminal complaints against the two men and others involved, had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings. Swiss authorities have launched criminal proceedings against Fifa President Gianni Infantino Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber offered to resign last week after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to supervisors RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Latest Premier League and European deals... 'The man's done a miracle. How can they even talk about... Arsenal 'register an interest in Jack Grealish' but will not... Newcastle takeover saga takes fresh twist as Saudi...
    CRIMINAL proceedings have been launched against Fifa president Gianni Infantino. The shock revelations comes following an investigation by the Swiss special federal public prosecutor Stefan Keller. 1Criminal proceedings have been launched against Fifa president Gianni InfantinoCredit: PA:Press Association Meetings between Infantino, Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor of the Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold are being looked into. A statement from the Swiss federal council said Keller has concluded that there are "indications of criminal conduct" in connection with those meetings. Both Lauber and Infantino have denied wrongdoing. Fifa did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The statement added: "This concerns abuse of public office (Article 312 of the Swiss Criminal Code), breach of official secrecy (Article 320 of the Swiss Criminal Code), assisting offenders (Article 305 of the Swiss Criminal Code) and incitement to these acts. "Additional criminal acts and the commencement of further proceedings remain reserved." INFANTINO SLAMS 'ABSURD' CLAIMS It was confirmed in the same statement that Keller is seeking approval from the relevant Swiss parliamentary committees to open criminal proceedings...
    (CNN)A special prosecutor appointed to look into undocumented meetings between Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber and FIFA President Gianni Infantino has launched criminal proceedings against the head of world football and requested approval to open proceedings against Lauber, Swiss authorities announced on Thursday.Stefan Keller, who was appointed as "extraordinary prosecutor" on June 29 2020 to review criminal complaints against the two men, has found indications of criminal conduct relating to the meetings.Infantino, who has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, has denied any wrongdoing.Lauber, who has been Attorney General since 2012, offered to resign last week after a Swiss Federal court concluded he covered up a behind closed-doors meeting with Infantino in June 2017 and lied to supervisors while his office investigated corruption surrounding world football's governing body.The 54-year-old Lauber has denied lying and officially tendered his resignation on Tuesday.Read MoreIn a statement to CNN, the Swiss Attorney General's Office (OAG) said that it had taken note of the development and said Lauber would make statements to parliamentary committees if necessary.The 50-year-old Infantino was reelected for a second...
    GENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. The special prosecutor, Stefan Keller, closed an investigation into two complaints involving Infantino and attorney general Michael Lauber after turning up “elements that make up reprehensible behavior.” Lauber announced his resignation last week. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber, too, according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller, a legal expert named to the post of special prosecutor on June 29, found that possible infractions included abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, “assisting offenders” and “incitement to these acts,” the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said in its statement, adding other criminal acts and proceedings could also be considered. Suspects in such cases benefit from a presumption of innocence in Switzerland until legal proceedings are completed....
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