April 5, 2014
In response to the transfer ban imposed earlier this week by FIFA, Barcelona supporters unfurl a tifosi that translates to “Don’t mess with La Masia” (the name of Barcelona’s training academy). 

In response to the transfer ban imposed earlier this week by FIFA, Barcelona supporters unfurl a tifosi that translates to “Don’t mess with La Masia” (the name of Barcelona’s training academy). 

April 2, 2014
FC Barcelona banned from transfers for two consecutive transfer windows

Also from the statement:

The Disciplinary Committee underlined that FIFA takes the protection of minors in football very seriously. The protection of minors is one of the key principles included in the agreement concluded between FIFA, UEFA and the European Commission in 2001. The Disciplinary Committee acknowledged that young football players are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in a foreign country without the proper controls. This particular fact makes the protection of minors in football by the sport’s governing bodies, especially by FIFA, even more important.

With regard to the case in question, FC Barcelona has been found to be in breach of art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of ten minor players and to have committed several other concurrent infringements in the context of other players, including under Annexe 2 of the Regulations.

The Disciplinary Committee regarded the infringements as serious and decided to sanction the club with a transfer ban at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, together with a fine of CHF 450,000. Additionally, the club was granted a period of 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.

This is relatively massive news to start your day.

January 28, 2014
A lifetime ban for fixing a match makes total sense. Except, this referee decided to fix the match not for money, but for….sex.

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA says it imposed a worldwide lifetime ban on Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, who agreed to fix an April 2013 match in Singapore in exchange for sexual favors.
The Asian Football Confederation had already banned Sabbagh from refereeing and attending stadiums this month.
FIFA also extended 10-year bans on Sabbagh’s assistants, Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, to apply globally

I hope it was worth it, sir.

A lifetime ban for fixing a match makes total sense. Except, this referee decided to fix the match not for money, but for….sex.

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA says it imposed a worldwide lifetime ban on Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, who agreed to fix an April 2013 match in Singapore in exchange for sexual favors.

The Asian Football Confederation had already banned Sabbagh from refereeing and attending stadiums this month.

FIFA also extended 10-year bans on Sabbagh’s assistants, Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, to apply globally

I hope it was worth it, sir.

January 8, 2014
So this just happened. We’ll have more later.
ETA: Here’s the first story on the Beeb.

So this just happened. We’ll have more later.

ETA: Here’s the first story on the Beeb.

October 5, 2013
USMNT out of luck? FIFA says top 7 teams in October rankings will get 2014 World Cup seeds

We always post the FIFA rankings as a bit of a laugh, because at times they can really be ridiculous, but here’s proof that FIFA takes those rankings at least somewhat seriously.

Brazil will get an automatic birth in Pot 1 as the host country, and your other seven top seeds right now would be Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium, and Uruguay. 

I feel like this is pretty big news, to be honest. Thoughts?

June 1, 2013
That’s Sepp Blatter on the left, the President of FIFA. On the right is Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, the first woman elected to the top board of FIFA.
How did Sepp choose to introduce her at the initial news conference after she had been elected?
“Say something ladies, you are always speaking at home, now you can speak here.”
Oh Sepp, you do go on. They should take FIFA on the road, since it’s pretty much the best ongoing show available. Corruption, graft, awarding major tournaments to countries who have horrendous human rights records, and now we can add overt sexism to the list!

That’s Sepp Blatter on the left, the President of FIFA. On the right is Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, the first woman elected to the top board of FIFA.

How did Sepp choose to introduce her at the initial news conference after she had been elected?

Say something ladies, you are always speaking at home, now you can speak here.”

Oh Sepp, you do go on. They should take FIFA on the road, since it’s pretty much the best ongoing show available. Corruption, graft, awarding major tournaments to countries who have horrendous human rights records, and now we can add overt sexism to the list!

June 18, 2012
Today we have a handy reminder of where UEFA and FIFA’s priorities lie. 
On one hand, the FAs of Russia and Poland are fined 30,000 euros and 4,000 euros respectively over fan violence. In the last Euros and World Cup, Croatia amassed more than $40,000 in fines for racist fan behavior.
But Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner showing his undies with a betting house’s name on them gets him a one-game suspension and a 100,000 euro fine.
UEFA and FIFA: fuck shit up and yell what you like, but don’t you dare make money off something we’re not.

Today we have a handy reminder of where UEFA and FIFA’s priorities lie. 

On one hand, the FAs of Russia and Poland are fined 30,000 euros and 4,000 euros respectively over fan violence. In the last Euros and World Cup, Croatia amassed more than $40,000 in fines for racist fan behavior.

But Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner showing his undies with a betting house’s name on them gets him a one-game suspension and a 100,000 euro fine.

UEFA and FIFA: fuck shit up and yell what you like, but don’t you dare make money off something we’re not.

March 7, 2012
The latest FIFA world rankings are out. As you can see, the big move was from Argentina, which pulled back into the Top 10 on the strength of their recent performances. The USA got itself back into the top 30, as did the Korean Republic. Spain and the Netherlands hold the top two spots once more, after the Netherlands leap-frogged Germany back into second spot.
As always, we ask for your thoughts on the matter?

The latest FIFA world rankings are out. As you can see, the big move was from Argentina, which pulled back into the Top 10 on the strength of their recent performances. The USA got itself back into the top 30, as did the Korean Republic. Spain and the Netherlands hold the top two spots once more, after the Netherlands leap-frogged Germany back into second spot.

As always, we ask for your thoughts on the matter?

October 11, 2011
Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is caught on tape offering 'gifts’ of £25,000 to Caribbean delegates - Telegraph

Oops.

Why FIFA sucks, part….oh, hell, we lost count.

July 27, 2011
The latest FIFA national ranking table came out, and as you can see, it was a great month for Uruguay, Chile, and Peru and a fairly bad one for the United States.
Your thoughts?

The latest FIFA national ranking table came out, and as you can see, it was a great month for Uruguay, Chile, and Peru and a fairly bad one for the United States.

Your thoughts?

July 23, 2011
FIFA bans M. Bin Hammam for life

Sepp is still in charge, though.

The sport’s governing body has ruled that the Qatari candidate conspired to pay Caribbean officials $40,000 cash bribes to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Bin Hammam is the most senior FIFA official convicted of corruption in its 107-year history.

The Asian Football Confederation president didn’t cooperate with the FIFA investigation or attend his hearing Friday.

Bin Hammam denied wrongdoing but wrote on his website Friday that he expected a guilty verdict and would appeal.

June 1, 2011
Sepp Blatter does not really understand what reform is

Quite the excellent piece of work by Georger on today’s FIFA president election, the corruption surrounding it, and what it all means for the future of the game in the coming years.

May 30, 2011
"I am the president of FIFA; you cannot question me."

Sepp Blatter, as quoted in the New York Times

L’état, c’est moi.

(NYTimes.com)

Sepp is Judge Dredd: I AM THE LAW!

(via acmesalesrep)

March 9, 2011
The latest FIFA World Rankings are out, and here is the top 40. Not too much noticeable movement since there haven’t been many international matches lately, but Argentina did jump Brazil.

The latest FIFA World Rankings are out, and here is the top 40. Not too much noticeable movement since there haven’t been many international matches lately, but Argentina did jump Brazil.

October 21, 2010
Spain and Qatar's FA's being looked into for questionable tactics over WC 2018 bids

High-level FIFA sources revealed that Spain and Qatar were the countries concerned, although they were not named during the press conference that announced that Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Oceania football chief Reynald Temarii had been provisionally suspended until the next ethics committee meeting makes a final decision next month. 

That summit will also decide whether Spain and Qatar will be removed from the December 2 vote in Zurich that will decide the venues of the next two World Cups.