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Fifa acknowledge 1998 and 2010 World Cup bid bribes

Fifa have accepted bribes were taken. Credit: PA

Fifa plans to reclaim millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt Fifa members and other football officials.

A US investigation exposed widespread corruption at the top of world football and Fifa estimates that at a minimum tens of millions of dollars were diverted from the sport illegally through bribery, kickbacks and corrupt schemes carried out by the defendants.

Fifa submitted documents on Wednesday to the US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars taken illegally by corrupt Fifa members and other football officials

Football's ruling body has admitted to bribes being taken as part of the bidding process for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The defendants diverted this money not just from Fifa but from players, coaches and fans worldwide who benefit from the programmes that Fifa runs to develop and promote football.

– Gianni Infantino


Infantino: football can't ignore technology

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino. Credit: PA

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes football cannot ignore technology.

The 45-year-old is in Cardiff ahead of the International Football Association Board's AGM, where they are expected to give the go-ahead for live video trials to help officials.

Sin-bins and the possibility of allowing a fourth substitute in extra time in cup competitions will also be on the agenda.

Infantino said: "Technology is on the agenda, the experiments to be done are on the agenda and it's important to protect the traditions.

"Football is such a successful sport because some wise people have protected the history but we cannot close our eyes to progress.

"We have to look forward. Look into it, test it, maybe it's successful, maybe it's not. Maybe we have to fine-tune it and maybe it takes a few more years to reach the right solution."

Platini launches appeal against six-year ban

Michel Platini is currently banned from all football-related activity. Credit: PA

Michel Platini has taken his appeal against his ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS announced on Wednesday that the Frenchman was challenging the suspension from football at a national and international level, which last week was reduced from eight years to six by Fifa's Appeal Committee.

Michel Platini has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 24 February 2016.

In appealing to the CAS, Michel Platini seeks to annul the decisions taken by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee and by the FIFA Appeal Committee which lead to him being declared ineligible to take part in football-related activity at national and international level for six years.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. The Panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel will deliberate and on a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.

– CAS statement


Gianni Infantino vows to 'restore Fifa and the image of Fifa'

Gianni Infantino was elected in the second ballot. Credit: Reuters

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino has vowed to "restore Fifa and the image of Fifa" after being elected to lead football's world governing body.

In a speech moments after his election, he told the Fifa Congress in Zurich that football had gone through "sad times and crisis", but said: "Those times are over, now we need to go forward."

Mr Infantino, a Swiss lawyer of Italian origin, thanked the other candidates and the members of the Congress who voted.

"I cannot express my feelings in this moment," he said.

"We will restore Fifa and the image of Fifa. We have to be proud of Fifa and everybody has to be proud of Fifa."

Gianni Infantino elected as new Fifa president

Gianni Infantino received 115 votes. Credit: PA

Gianni Infantino has been elected as the new president of Fifa in the second round of the vote.

Mr Infantino secured 115 votes, having need 104 to win.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa came second with 88 votes.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein received four votes, but there were none for Jerome Champagne.

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