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UEFA seals $230 million sponsorship from China's Alipay

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp previews the Huddersfield match, targets the Nations League and congratulates the Red Sox for getting to the World Series.

UEFA has secured more than €200 million ($230m) from Chinese online payments platform Alipay to sponsor leading European soccer competitions.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was in Shanghai on Friday to announce the eight-year deal with Alipay to sponsor men's national team competitions, including the European Championship in 2020 and 2024 and the new Nations League.

The company is controlled by Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

World soccer's governing body, FIFA,...

Kevin-Prince Boateng on racism in football: 'Nothing has changed'

SASSUOLO, Italy -- It has been almost six years since Kevin-Prince Boateng made the decision to walk off the pitch, followed in solidarity by his AC Milan teammates, in protest at the racist abuse he, M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari were subjected to during a friendly against Pro Patria. The gesture made headlines around the world, starting a conversation about what could be done within football and society as a whole to tackle the issue.

Shortly after that incident in Busto Arsizio,...

FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in European Super League

The biggest names in football would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday.

Infantino, speaking to a small group of reporters at FIFA headquarters, said the governing body would punish players at clubs like Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich if they left the organised structure to form a privately-owned league.

"Either you are in or you are out," Infantino said, listing the World Cup, European...

Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini: I'll return to football, but not as a daily job

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has told RMC he will return to football but does not want to be involved in the game on a daily basis.

Platini had appeared set to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of FIFA when revelations of a "disloyal payment" from Blatter emerged in 2015.

Gianni Infantino, Platini's former general secretary at UEFA, instead replaced Blatter and Platini fought to reduce an eight-year ban from football activities imposed by FIFA.

The former France midfielder eventually saw...

La Liga could take FIFA to court over opposition to Barcelona-Girona game in Miami

La Liga could go to court to challenge FIFA's opposition to Spanish league games being played in the United States.

On Friday, the FIFA Council voiced its opposition to plans for Barcelona to play Girona in Florida on Jan. 26.

The proposal would need approval from the Spanish and American football federations, plus continental bodies UEFA and CONCACAF.

Speaking after a meeting of the council, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it had backed the principle that "official league matches must be played...

Club World Cup plans to be examined by FIFA taskforce after UEFA opposition

FIFA has set up a task force to examine president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and Global Nations League, a member of the FIFA Council told Reuters after a meeting on Friday.

Infantino's plans had been opposed by the major European club leagues.

"On the question of Club World Cup and the Nations League, we decided to build a task force to have more information, to share different views on this topic from club leagues and national associations," a member of the FIFA council,...