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FIFA fines Croatia over fans' behaviour

Croatia fans. Credit: PA

The Croatian federation has been fined 50,000 Swiss francs by FIFA for the "inappropriate behaviour" of the national team's fans during a World Cup qualifier against Kosovo on October 6.

Media reports after the match stated that sections of the home and away support engaged in anti-Serbian chants during the game, which was played in Albania and classified as a home match for Kosovo.

In addition to the fine, which equates to just over £41,000, the Croatian federation said it had also been given a warning by the game's world governing body that more stringent sanctions may follow if there were any further disturbances.

Croatia must play their home qualifier against Iceland on November 12 behind closed doors as the second part of a supporter ban imposed for previous disturbances.

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Russia and Qatar World Cups 'helping to clean the game'

Fifa vice-president Victor Montagliani has suggested football might still be blighted by corruption if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen to host the next two World Cups.

Russia will host the next tournament in 2018 and Qatar the 2022 event, with both nations winning the right in a controversial vote almost six years ago.

Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. Credit: PA

Since the December 2010 awarding, corruption has been exposed in the global game, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter among those now banned.

Montagliani, speaking at the Leaders in Sport conference in London, said: "If Russia and Qatar wouldn't have got these World Cups, would we be in this situation now with an opportunity to clean the game?

"I think that was the starting point and the tipping point for certain things to happen.

"If England and the US had got the World Cup, maybe we would've had status quo.

"I'm just wondering if the authorities that have stepped up their involvement in the game would've done that if the choices had been a bit different.

"Maybe the best thing that happened in football was Russia and Qatar."

Former Fifa vice-president Webb handed lifetime ban

Jeffrey Webb has no future in football. Credit: PA

Former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life and fined £770,000.

The 51-year-old from the Cayman Islands was once considered a future leader of world football's governing body but that prospect ended when he was arrested in Switzerland last May by local police acting on behalf of the United States Department of Justice.

Webb, who ran the CONCACAF confederation which governs football in the Caribbean and North and Central America, pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in November.

He has been provisionally suspended by Fifa since his arrest but the adjudicatory chamber of its ethics committee has now handed him its most serious sentence.

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