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Mexico challenge FIFA over chants


Platini attends first match since ban, as Manchester United beat St Etienne

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Michel Platini looks on from the stands as his former club St Etienne hosted Manchester United in the Europa League.

SAINT-ETIENNE, France -- Former UEFA president Michel Platini has returned to a football stadium for the first time since being handed a four-year suspension in 2016.

The France great watched from the stands as Saint-Etienne were knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United on Wednesday.

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Platini, who played for Saint-Etienne from 1979-82, is suspended from football-related activities for conflict of interest over a $2 million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA.

Platini did not go to...

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Gianni Infantino wants 2026 World Cup co-hosted by 'three or four' nations

Gianni Infantino says a co-hosted tournament would fit in with FIFA policy.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the 2026 World Cup could be co-hosted by three or four countries using four or five grounds each.

Speaking during a visit to 2022 hosts Qatar, he said the move would be "in line with our sustainability and legacy policies."

"We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term," he added.

"It is perfectly in line with our sustainability and legacy [policies] to maybe...

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Diego Maradona announces FIFA ambassador role via Facebook

Chelsea bid farewell to Ivanovic, Peter Crouch completes his century, Sergio Ramos makes a trade and more in The Sweeper.

Diego Maradona has been given an ambassador role by FIFA.

Maradona, 56, led Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986 but has been a harsh critic of of the game's governing body over the years.

However, the former Boca Juniors and Barcelona man announced his new role with the organisation via his Facebook page on Thursday.

"Now it's official," Maradona said on his account. "Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football."

 By PA Sport

Scottish FA to appeal against FIFA fine over poppy tributes at Wembley

The Scottish and English FAs have both been fined by FIFA due to their players wearing poppies.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) will appeal against the fine imposed by FIFA over poppy tributes at Wembley.

The SFA, which was fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,692), has followed its English counterpart in deciding to challenge the sanctions, which were brought after the Nov. 11 World Cup qualifier between the two nations.

An SFA statement read: "We have received written reasons from FIFA's disciplinary committee relating to the sanction imposed for commemorating Remembrance Day during...

UEFA to ask for 16 places at expanded 2026 World Cup - Aleksander Ceferin

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.

Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup lineup, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

Last month, FIFA opted to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament.  Two teams will advance to the knockout round from each three-nation group.

Ceferin, speaking after the UEFA executive committee meeting, said: "We think it's realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European [team] is in a different group.

"I think all 16 can...

Cameroon up 29 places in FIFA World Ranking after AFCON triumph

African Nations Cup winners Cameroon were welcomed home with a parade through the nation's capital city.

African Nations Cup champions Cameroon have moved up to No. 33 in the FIFA World Ranking, a 29-place jump.

But Africa's top-ranked team remains Egypt, who lost in the final but are 25th.

The top five is unchanged following a month when no high-ranked teams played, with Argentina at No. 1.

Brazil are second, followed by World Cup holders Germany and then Chile and Belgium. France climbed above Colombia into sixth place.

Mexico are the highest-placed CONCACAF team at No. 17, while Costa Rica...