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Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup. Xi greeted Infantino in the capital's palatial…

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

LONDON: US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday. The United States is the favourite to stage the…

FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026 World Cup

DOHA: FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 soccer World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries. "We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup…

FIFA boss wants video referees at 2018 World Cup

YOKOHAMA: FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- if its teething problems have been fixed in time. Colombia's Atletico Nacional slammed the new video assistant referee (VAR)…

FIFA chief wants video refs for next World Cup

PARIS: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after previously expressing fears it would break up games too much. The head of world football's governing body…

FIFA chief backs ‘more open’ 48-team World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Thursday that he backs expanding the World Cup to 48 teams, giving "more of a chance to more teams". Infantino believes "a fundamental point" for an expanded finals would be to have it…