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  • UEFA joins English soccer in weekend-long boycott against online abuse


    UEFA will join English soccer players, clubs and organizations in a social media boycott this weekend to protest against online abuse.

  • Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps say no one at club has tested positive for COVID-19


    Major League Soccer said Sunday that 18 MLS players and six club staff had received positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests prior to travelling to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament.

  • Chapecoense vows to play again

    Colombia Air Crash

    Six players, a handful of support staff, and deep sorrow are all that remain of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club. They will still try to play again. Because they know that's what their 19 teammates who died when a charter plane ripped into an Andean mountainside would want them to do.

  • Gianni Infantino backed by UEFA to run for FIFA presidency

    Gianni Infantino

    UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has agreed to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency, European soccer's governing body said on Monday, adding that he had its full support. The announcement came on deadline day for candidates to register their nominations for the election of soccer's crisis-torn governing body which will take place in Zurich on Feb. 26. FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, is embroiled in the worst scandal of its 111-year history, the United States having indicted several FIFA officials for bribery, money laundering and wire fraud in May. Swiss authorities are also investigating the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Earlier this month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, who had been favourite to succeed him, were suspended for 90 days pending a full investigation by FIFA's Ethics Committee. "We are delighted that Gianni has agreed to stand and he knows that he has our full support in his campaign to become FIFA President," said UEFA in a statement. "He is in the process of submitting the required nominations and will issue a statement on his candidacy later today." "We believe that Gianni Infantino has all of the qualities required to tackle the major challenges ahead and to lead the organisation on a path of reform to restore FIFA's integrity and credibility." A multilingual lawyer, shaven-headed Infantino joined UEFA in 2000 and has been general secretary since 2009. He has overseen the implementation of the complicated and controversial Financial Fair Play policy, a break-even rule which clubs are required to meet before they can take part in European competition. Devised to stop rich owners buying success by splurging on top players, it also forces smaller clubs to sell stars to bigger rivals to balance their books. But there has been criticism, including from Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, that the rules are too complex. UEFA's announcement came amid uncertainty over how many candidates would be able to run, especially because of the rule which requires them to have the written backing of five national football associations (FAs). Platini has also registered, but his chances are slim because of the investigation against him. SOUTH KOREAN WITHDRAWS On Saturday, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale, a former Apartheid-era political prisoner turned businessman, announced he would stand. Former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid says he has submitted his papers to FIFA, along with former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne and Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. On Sunday, the Bahrain News Agency reported that the Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, had also entered the race. Liberia's Musa Bility has said he wants to run. His chances suffered a setback when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) refused to back him, but on Monday the BBC reported that he had the five nominations necessary to stand. Former Brazil international Zico has been campaigning but has admitted he is struggling to get the backing of five FAs. Another candidate, South Korea's Chung Mong-Joon, pulled out of the race on Monday. A scion of South Korea's Hyundai industrial conglomerate, Chung was banned from the sport for six years by FIFA, after an investigation into the decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

  • Rycroft: Toronto FC's search for respectability

    Rycroft: Toronto FC's search for respectability

    CBC Sports soccer contributor Ben Rycroft details why Toronto's FC's desire to hire a worthy club president is critical for an organization short on soccer people and long-term planning.

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