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FIFA to receive over $201 million in compensation from corruption probe

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(Last Updated On: August 25, 2021)

FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, will receive $201 million in compensation for losses sustained in global soccer corruption schemes, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), said on Tuesday.

The money was seized from the bank accounts of former officials who were involved in the schemes and then prosecuted following a probe into years of corruption within world soccer.

Since the DOJ unveiled the corruption probe in 2015, more than 50 defendants have been criminally charged. Twenty seven people and four corporate entities have pleaded guilty, and two people were convicted at trial, Reuters reported.

“Today’s announcement confirms that money stolen by corrupt soccer officials and sports marketing executives through fraud and greed will be returned to where it belongs and used to benefit the sport,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York in a statement.

“From the start, this investigation and prosecution have been focused on bringing wrongdoers to justice and restoring ill-gotten gains to those who work for the benefit of the beautiful game.”

The DOJ said $32.3 million in forfeited funds has been approved for an initial distribution to FIFA, CONCACAF, the confederation responsible for soccer in North and Central America, CONMEBOL, which represents soccer in South America, and various constituent national soccer federations.

The funds will go into a new World Football Remission Fund to help finance football-related projects across the globe.

“I am delighted to see that money which was illegally siphoned out of football is now coming back to be used for its proper purposes, as it should have been in the first place,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“I would like to thank the U.S. authorities for the trust placed in FIFA, and we will make sure that these funds are used properly and bring tangible benefits for people who really need it.”

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Gulbuddin Naib appointed anti-drug addiction ambassador

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

Gulbuddin Naib, Afghan national cricket team player, was on Wednesday appointed as the ambassador for the prevention of drug addiction and the prevention of drug use among young people.

A ceremony was held by the Ministry of Public Wednesday at the 1000-bed clinic for addicts in Kabul.

The ceremony was held for 250 addicts that were reunited with their families after being treated at the facility, Ministry of Public Health said.

These addicts had been in treatment for 45 days.

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This has been the best World Cup group stage ever: FIFA president

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said this week he is thrilled with the opening round of matches in this World Cup which has thrown up some surprising results including some major upsets.

“I have seen all the matches, and this has been the best group stage of a World Cup ever. The matches have been of great quality in beautiful stadiums,” said Infantino.

“There are no more small teams and no more big teams. The level is very equal,” he said adding “this shows that football is really becoming truly global.”

According to him, the knockout stage matches had “over 51,000 on average [spectators]. Record-breaking figures on TV – we already had over two billion viewers.

In addition, he said FIFA expects “to reach the five billion [TV] viewers [mark] around the world,” before the tournament ends and is also hoping that the on-field action will continue to be as riveting as the first 56 games.

Down to the final 8

With the quarter-finals almost upon us, the 2022 World Cup has entered its crunch stage and a host of major nations have been sent packing and only eight teams are left.

Fans of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will meanwhile be pleased to see the two icons are still in it – meaning a showdown between the two greats is still a possibility.

The eight teams that are still in the running for this year’s title are England, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Croatia, Brazil, Morocco and Portugal.

England defeated Senegal to progress and set up a meeting with France, who beat Poland in the last 16. The Netherlands overcame the USA and will play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in their next match.

Croatia will face Brazil in the quarter-final while Morocco, who sprung an upset on Spain, will face Portugal, who coasted past Switzerland.

This next stage will be played on Friday and Saturday.

Croatia will take on Brazil in Friday’s early match, while Netherlands meets Argentina later in the day. On Saturday, it’s Morocco up against Portugal and then later that day England tackles France.

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IEA says ‘it will work to address IOC’s concerns’ on women’s sport in Afghansitan

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said Wednesday that the IOC will continue to support the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee but that the committee had expressed concern over the issue of women’s sport in the country.

This was in response to the International Olympic Committee’s statement Tuesday that it will stop supporting Afghanistan unless restrictions are repealed on women in sport.

The IOC made the comment after an executive board meeting Tuesday.

The IEA said in its statement that the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee and the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports “will work with the relevant parties to address IOC’s concerns and find a proper solution to the problems in this regard.”

On Tuesday, the IOC said its support for Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) will depend on conditions, including women being allowed to play sports with “safe and inclusive access” and to take part in sports administration.

Afghan teams for international events must include female athletes who live in the country, not just those based abroad, the IOC said.

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