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UEFA Bans Russian Club Rubin Kazan From European Competition

Russian club Rubin Kazan have been banned from playing in the Champions League and Europa League if they qualify for either tournament in the next two seasons. European football's governing body UEFA handed down the punishment for the breach of financial fair play rules. The Russian Premier League side had a 'settlement agreement' with UEFA after initially breaking the rules. But it broke that arrangement, leading UEFA to open a new investigation. Financial fair play rules are designed to stop clubs spending more…

Luka Modric Wins FIFA Men’s Best Player Award

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named FIFA’s player of the year. The Croatian captain beat former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to the prize. Modric enjoyed arguably the best year of his career as he won a third consecutive Champions League trophy - before reaching the World Cup final with Croatia. In the summer his international team-mate Dejan Lovren said: "Modric would probably be getting more attention if he was German or Spanish. He would…

NFF Presidency: FIFA President Congratulates Pinnick On Re-election

Gianni Infantino, President of World Football ruling body, FIFA has sent a congratulatory message to Amaju Pinnick on his re-election as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the polls conducted by the NFF Electoral Committee in Katsina, Pinnick swept aside three other contestants, polling 34 votes. The second –placed Aminu Maigari’s get eight votes, with former international, Taiwo Ogunjobi getting only 2 votes, while there was none for club owner…

Edwin Clark Wants Sports Minister, Dalung Sacked

Elder statesman and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called for the sack of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung. Clark, in a statement on Thursday, accused Dalung of engineering the crisis that is rocking the nation’s football house. Recall that Dalung had in different occasion insisted Chris Giwa was the NFF President, even when World football body FIFA had made it clear that it recognizes the Amaju Pinnick presidency. In August, FIFA threatened to ban Nigeria, and slammed the NFF with a timeline to…

FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles Rise, Belgium, France Joint-Top

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Thursday moved up by one spot to 48th position in the new FIFA rankings released by the World football governing body, on Thursday. Nigeria garnered 1415 points in September, placing it fifth on the continental stage behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR and Morocco. Nigeria defeated Liberia by 2-1 in a friendly in September, after beating Seychelles in the African Nations Cup qualifiers to renew hopes of making it to the next year’s event. Belgium joined world champions France as joint…

Super Eagles Coach Salisu Yusuf Handed One-Year Ban, Fined $5,000

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has banned Super Eagles Team B Coach Salisu Yusuf for one year and fined him US$5000. The sanctions were imposed on Salisu, following the adoption of a report by the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play. The committee in a statement on Wednesday said the ban was from investigations done after Salisu was filmed by a Ghanaian investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, receiving bribe to field two players, in the 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco. But Salisu had claimed that at…

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah Finalist For FIFA Best Award

Lionel Messi has been excluded from the podium of the top prize at FIFA Best Awards after the final shortlists were announced by world football governing body, FIFA, on Monday. Making the three-man shortlist are Portuguese and 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Cristiano Ronaldo, Croatian Captain Luka Modric, and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah. Modric had last week won the UEFA best player award for his spectacular contributions to his club, Real Madrid in the 2017/18 session, which infuriated his former team mate Ronaldo,…

Pinnick-Led NFF Board ‘Illegal’ – Giwa

Factional President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Giwa, has described the Amaju Pinnick-led board as illegal. Giwa, in a statement by his counsel, Mr Habilla Ardzard, condemned a statement credited to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo, lead counsel to Amaju Pinnick. Keyamo had in a statement recently claimed there was no court order restraining his client from acting as NFF President nor installing Chris Giwa as President of the football body. “There is no Supreme Court order or any…

Dalung Reacts After FG Overruled His Decision To Avert FIFA Ban

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday congratulated the Federal Government for averting a FIFA ban on Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, said the minister lauded the efforts of the Vice-President which aborted the ban. “I welcome the intervention of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, which saved Nigeria from a suspension threat by FIFA in the lingering crisis of the FootbaIl…

Nigeria Escapes Ban As FIFA Confirms FG’s Position

World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended its planned ban of Nigeria from participating in its activities. This was contained in a statement issued by FIFA on Thursday. “FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices. “In view of these circumstances, FIFA deems that the conditions set by the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council have now…
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