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FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

Swiss attorney general investigated over handling FIFA case

May. 10, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general is the subject of a disciplinary case related to his handling of a four-year investigation of FIFA that involves 25 criminal proceedings. The federal office overseeing the work of chief prosecutor Michael Lauber said Friday it is examining possible...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Apr. 27, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the tournament...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino held talks in Kuwait on Sunday about the country staging 2022 World Cup matches as he pushes to enlarge the Qatar tournament from 32 to 48 teams. After meeting with the emir of Kuwait and soccer officials, Infantino flew to Doha to see Qatari leaders on Monday about the prospect of...

FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

Apr. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination, from football, at...

Qatar wins, regional rivals lose in Asian soccer elections

Apr. 6, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — On a big day for Qatar at the Asian soccer elections, the 2022 World Cup host regained a seat on FIFA's ruling committee and saw defeats for candidates from its regional rivals which are boycotting Doha and want the tournament shared with other Middle East countries. There...