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    Premier League teams fear Champions League changes could hurt their cash windfall from TV rights deal

    PREM clubs fear the proposed changes to the Champions League could adversely impact top-flight TV deals.Uefa look set to confirm the 36-team competition will award two “coefficient places”, rewarding sides who missed out domestically but have the best Euro record over the previous five years.
    Steve Parish believes the changes to the Champions League are designed to give the big clubs what they wantCredit: Getty
    Crystal Palace supremo Steve Parish called it “Super League by the back door”.
    And his worries are shared, with clubs arguing the new system will amplify the current financial and sporting dominance of the Big Six — and make it harder for other clubs to catch up.
    If the top-four race loses its importance, the extra fear is that the broadcasters will decide the loss of the “jeopardy” element no longer justifies huge broadcast deals. This could mean a decline in income for all 20 clubs.
    Fifa’s last resort
    Fifa chiefs are working on ANOTHER plan to try to prevent “agreed” last-game results in the 2026 World Cup group phase.
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    Switching to a 48-team tournament, with 16 groups of three in the first round, raised concerns that teams drawn to play each other in the final match could come to unofficial arrangements to ensure both progress.
    Penalty shootouts after every drawn group game — in a tournament hosted by Canada, Mexico, and US — are one idea.
    Another option would see group winners stay in the same city for their second round, last-32 tie, rather than risk having to travel up to 2,500 miles and potentially cross THREE time zones.
    Plans for the 2026 World Cup are still being drawn upCredit: PA:Press Association
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    Wembley to host “Finalissima”
    Uefa’s link-up with South America was formalised by opening a joint London office.
    Wembley will host the sold-out “Finalissima” between Euro 2020 winners Italy and Copa America champions Argentina on June 1.
    And it is now planned to play an annual play-off between the winners of the Uefa Youth League and their South American counterparts, with a potential 50,000 crowd in Uruguay’s Centenario in Montevideo.
    Wembley is set to host the “Finalissima” between Italy and Argentina on June 1Credit: Getty
    Radrizzani to help Fifa streaming
    Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is playing a major role in Fifa’s planned delivery of 40,000 free live games per year worldwide.
    His sports media company Eleven will deliver the Fifa+ service to provide the new platform’s content.
    Wonder how many old films of Marcelo Bielsa’s teams he will be able to find?
    Andrea Radrizzani’s company Eleven will provide the Fifa+ streaming serviceCredit: Reuters More

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    What is Fifa+, how can I stream it, can I watch for FREE?

    REJOICE football fans, for Fifa+ is here for your entertainment.That’s right, the world’s most popular sport’s governing body has launched a streaming service which will allow fans to watch plenty of football-related content.
    Fifa+ will feature plenty of 2022 World Cup related contentCredit: PA
    In a move which looks similar to that of Netflix’s, Amazon Prime’s and DAZN’s, the brand-new platform should entice fans all across the world.
    But Fifa+ is not exactly the same as those famous streaming platforms.
    “FIFA+ represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive, and it underpins FIFA’s core mission of expanding and developing football globally,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
    “This project represents a cultural shift in the way different types of football fans want to connect with and explore the global game and has been a fundamental part of my Vision 2020-2023. It will accelerate the democratisation of football and we are delighted to share it with fans.”
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    Here’s everything you need to know…
    How can I watch Fifa+?

    Fifa+ was first launched on April 12, 2022 and is ready for football fans to use now.
    The best way to access it is by visiting the Fifa+ website.
    You can also live stream content from the Fifa+ app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.

    Is Fifa+ FREE?

    Yes, Fifa+ is completely FREE for football fans to use.
    Not only that, but a subscription isn’t required for you to view any of the content on their website.

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    What is there to watch on Fifa+?
    Here’s a brief list of what you can currently watch on Fifa+:

    Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World
    Captains: Season 1. It features Luka Modric (Croatia), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Brian Kaltak (Vanuatu), Andre Blake (Jamaica), Hassan Maatouk (Lebanon) and Thiago Silva (Brazil)
    Croatia: Defining a Nation
    HD Cutz – London barber Sheldon Edwards talks to Paul Pogba, Antonio Rudiger and Aaron Wan-Bissaka among others
    Dani Crazy Dream – An intimate documentary about Dani Alves featuring his transfer to Barcelona and conversation with manager Xavi Hernandez
    Golden Boot – A look at the greatest goalscorers in football history, including Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker and Ronaldo Nazario
    Icons – A look at the best players in the women’s game with Wendie Renard, Lucy Bronze, Asisat Oshoala, Carli Lloyd and Sam Kerr involved
    Academies – The best academies, with Anderlecht featured in episode 1 More

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    Fifa launch free streaming platform Fifa+ and reveal plans to show more than 40,000 live matches this year

    FIFA have announced the launch of its very own FREE streaming service.The new digital platform, titled Fifa+, will be broadcast around the world and will host a variety of content from live matches to documentaries.
    Fifa+ will launch with a documentary about Ronaldinho’s life and careerCredit: Getty
    Fifa president Gianni Infantino says Fifa+ will “accelerate the democratisation of football”Credit: Getty
    To start the service will be available in five languages – English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese – with six more languages to be added in June.
    Fifa estimate 40,000 matches will be shown live on the platform with the potential to stream World Cup matches on Fifa+ too.
    That includes 11,000 women’s matches with 1,400 to be streamed in the first month after launch.
    As well as live events, viewers will also be able to access a range of documentaries at no cost thanks to Fifa’s extensive archive.
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    Eight Fifa+ Originals have already been confirmed, with one documenting the life of football legend Ronaldinho, featuring interviews with Lionel Messi, Frank Rijkaard and Carles Puyol.
    Also included is a documentary on Croatia and their rise to becoming a global powerhouse when they reached the 2018 World Cup final.
    Other documentaries include a look at club academies, the famous barber to footballers like Paul Pogba – Sheldon Edwards – and a series focusing on six national team captains – Luka Modrić, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thiago Silva, Brian Kaltak, Andre Blake, and Hassan Maatouk.
    Fifa’s archive also gives fans access to replays of historic matches and goals with more than 2,500 videos dating back to the 1950s available from launch.
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    Speaking ahead of the launch, Fifa President Gianni Infantino said: “Fifa+ represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive, and it underpins Fifa’s core mission of expanding and developing football globally.
    “This project represents a cultural shift in the way different types of football fans want to connect with and explore the global game and has been a fundamental part of my Vision 2020-2023.
    “It will accelerate the democratisation of football and we are delighted to share it with fans.” More

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    Trials to shorten football matches to just 60 minutes could begin this month and spark radical rule changes

    RADICAL plans are in place to trial 60-minute football matches.And the first hour-long games could take place THIS MONTH.
    The prospect of 60-minute games will come too late for ref Mike Dean, who retires at the end of the seasonCredit: PA
    According to the I, the Portuguese Football Federation want to use the new format for the U23 Revelation Cup.
    Each half would be 30 minutes in, but actual ‘game time’ would not be affected.
    This is because the clock would only run when the ball was in play.
    This kind of system is currently used in rugby.
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    But there is still one major obstacle to overcome – the green light from the International Football Association Board [IFAB].
    They are responsible for implementing and overseeing the rules of the Beautiful Game.
    Reportedly they are yet to even discuss the proposals let alone allowed the trial to take place.
    Research carried out by the CIES Football Observatory discovered that in 90-minute games, the ball was in play for just under 60 minutes.
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    The Premier League average for in-play football was 60mins 59secs, placing them ninth of the 36 leagues studied.
    The Eredivisie of Holland was top at 63mins 21secs with the German Bundesliga bottom on 58mins 46secs.
    Fifa were forced to deny there were talks to extend games to 100 minutes for this summer’s World Cup.
    Corriere dello Sport carried the story, but Fifa released a statement that “there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition”. More

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    Fifa want World Cup every THREE YEARS despite Gianni Infantino’s failed plan for biennial tournament

    WHEN it comes to the World Cup, you can’t keep a bad idea down.No sooner had Gianni Infantino admitted defeat in his plan for a World Cup every two years, than he started up the alternative.
    Gianni Infantino wants a World Cup every three yearsCredit: Rex
    Now the Fifa president is seeking to hold the greatest show on Earth every THREE years as part of a 36-month tournament cycle.
    Under the new Infantino blueprint, year one would see his expanded, 24-team, Club World Cup.
    The middle summer would bring continental championships, such as the Euros and Copa America. And year three will be dominated by the World Cup.
    Infantino hinted at the idea after last week’s congress of the 211-member associations in Doha, arguing it was “important to do something . . . whether it’s a World Cup every two years or every three years”.
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    Fifa insiders were pointing to that line as the next battleground with Infantino aware of the backlash.
    But as he pointed out in Doha: “We could have gone for a vote and got a majority.”
    Get ready for another massive fight, just as everybody has taken off their gloves.
    Laureas contenders
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    US Open champ Raducanu is a favourite for the Newcomer prize with Manx Rocket Cavendish in line to be handed the Comeback gong.
    Emma Raducanu is well-placed to win a Laureus awardCredit: Getty
    Daly a wet thing
    THE torrential rain that turned Augusta ­National into a lake put a ­dampener on John Daly’s money-making plans.
    ‘Wild Thing’ Daly, the former Open and USPGA champion, has set up camp for Masters week in the parking lot of the local Hooters restaurant to sell merchandise.
    But with patrons sent home before 11am on Tuesday ahead of the almighty flood, Daly was struggling to get his head above water. And on his fourth marriage at 55, he sure has some bills to pay.
    John Daly’s plans have taken a hitCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Clarke left in the dark
    SCOTLAND and Wales are waiting on Fifa to confirm IF the World Cup play-off semi-final with Ukraine at Hampden will go ahead.
    Fifa must set the dates for that match and the final against Wales to decide the last remaining spot alongside England, Iran and the USA in Group B in Qatar.
    While Scotland are aware of the delicacy of the situation and want to play Ukraine as planned, manager Steve Clarke needs to know his side’s precise summer schedule with four Nations League matches to be played in June too.
    It means Fifa realistically have until the first week of May to determine if Ukraine can play at the start of the following month or withdraw, meaning the Scots will go through to the final in Cardiff.
    Steve Clarke is still waiting on news from UkraineCredit: PA
    Merger scrapped
    THE planned merger of the Belgium and Dutch top divisions has been junked.
    Top-flight teams from both countries voted in March 2021 in favour of the scheme to create a “BeNeLiga” worth up to £350million a year in TV rights.
    But clubs in Holland have now put their clogs into the scheme, arguing the renewed competitiveness of Eredivisie sides in Europe renders the need for the new league redundant.
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    ‘I really want to cry’ – Fifa President Gianni Infantino reveals devastation over Italy failing to reach World Cup

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino “really wants to cry” after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup again.The four-time winners looked on course for a play-off showdown with Portugal for a spot at Qatar 2022.
    Italy lost at home to North Macedonia to end their hopes of qualifying for Qatar 2022Credit: Getty
    Gianni Infantino was desperate for the Azzurri to be there after missing the 2018 tournamentCredit: Getty
    But Roberto Mancini’s side were stunned 1-0 by North Macedonia in their home semi-final after a 92nd-minute winner from the minnows.
    That ensured the Azzurri would miss a second World Cup in a row – despite winning the Euros just 257 days earlier.
    Infantino was born in Switzerland but his parents are migrants from the Italian regions of Calabria and Lombardy.
    And the Inter Milan fan, 52, revealed his sheer devastation at Italy’s absence this winter.
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    He told Rai Sport: “I really want to cry.
    “For all the Italians it is sad, it is the second World Cup in a row in which the Azzurri do not participate.
    “And if they qualify for the next World Cup it will be 12 years of absence.”
    By the time the following World Cup comes around in 2026, Italy will have won just ONE match in the 20 years since lifting the trophy in 2006.
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    And, typically, that was in Brazil in 2014 as Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored past England’s Joe Hart.
    Infantino added: “I think back to when I was a kid, the emotions of watching the World Cup in 1978 and 1982, these are the things that make you fall in love with football.
    “It’s sad for the Italian children, but this is the situation, only 32 can qualify and the World Cup is every four years. For now…”
    The World Cup will expand to 48 teams for the tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
    But despite his hint, Infantino confirmed Fifa had scrapped plans to stage the biggest global competition every two years.
    He continued: “Let me clarify one thing here – and I want to speak about some of the discussions and speculations on a biennial World Cup.
    “Fifa has not proposed a biennial World Cup.
    “Let’s get the process clear. At Congress last year, 88 per cent of associations asked us to study the feasibility of that and some other projects.
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    “Fifa, under Arsene Wenger, did that. We studied the feasibility. But Fifa did not propose anything.
    “Fifa came to the conclusion that it was feasible but would have repercussions and an adverse impact.” More

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    NORWEIGIAN FA president, Lise Klaveness, has called out Fifa for allowing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. The Middle Eastern country were handed the World Cup in 2010 despite controversy surrounding the country’s human rights record.
    Klaveness blasted Fifa for handing Qatar this year’s World CupCredit: GETTY
    Klaveness walks away after her speech criticising Fifa’s Qatar decision, which she says has ‘unacceptable consequences’Credit: AP
    Treatment of migrant workers has also been an issue for Qatar and there are concerns from the LGBTQ+ community ahead of the winter tournament.
    And at the 72nd FIFA Congress, Klaveness blasted Fifa’s 2010 decision to award the Gulf State this year’s World Cup.
    Klaveness said: “In 2010, the World Cup was awarded by Fifa in unacceptable ways with unacceptable consequences.
    “Human rights, equality, democracy, the core interests of football, were not in the starting XI until many years later.
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    “These basic rights were pressured on as substitutes, mainly by outside voices.
    “Fifa has later addressed these issues, but there is still a long way to go.
    “The migrant workers injured or families of those who died in the build-up to the World Cup should be cared for.
    “Fifa, all of us, must now take all necessary measures to really implement change.
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    “There is no room for employers who do not secure the freedom and safety of World Cup workers.
    “No room for leaders that cannot host the women’s game.
    “No room for hosts that cannot legally guarantee the safety and respect of LGBTQ+ people coming to this theatre of dreams.”
    Klaveness’ comments were not well received by some, with Honduras FA president Jorge Salomon claiming that “it is not the place” to discuss such issues.
    And the Qatar World Cup’s top organiser, Hassan Al Thawadi, has accused the Norway FA president of failing to educate herself on the country’s human rights record.
    He said: “Madam president, you visit our country and made no request for a meeting.
    “You did not attempt to contact us and did not attempt to engage in dialogue before addressing Congress today.
    “I urge everybody, we have always been open for dialogue.
    “We have always welcomed constructive criticism, criticism that is based on discussion, understanding the issues and understanding the context of the issues and the progress of the facts on the ground.
    “We will always have our doors open for anybody who wants to understand the issues, who wants to educate themselves before passing any judgement.
    “On that note, I would like to inform yourselves, as well as the Norwegian Federation and anybody who has doubts about the legacy of this World Cup, that this World Cup is creating legacy.
    “We are creating legacy before a ball has even been kicked. The International Labour Organisation has described Qatar’s reforms as historic.

    “The International Trade Union Confederation considers Qatar’s updated laws as a benchmark for the region.
    “The Building and Woodworkers’ International has compared the safety standards on World Cup sites as equal to those in Europe or North America.
    “Remember that a number of these entities that I have mentioned were at one time outspoken adversaries of ours but through taking time to understand the complexities of the situation on the ground and through a shared commitment to improving lives, those who were once adversaries became allies and partners.” More

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    ALGERIA have demanded their clash with Cameroon be replayed after being dumped out of World Cup qualifying, according to reports.The Desert Warriors went into their pivotal second leg clash with a 1-0 lead, having triumphed in Douala last week.
    Algeria were left devastated by their late defeatCredit: EPA
    Coach Djamel Belmadi sinks to his knees at the final whistleCredit: AFP
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    The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winners went 1-0 down in the 22nd minute when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting profited from some poor keeping to bundle the ball home.
    Algeria thought they’d levelled on the night in the 98th minute, when Islam Slimani appeared to have headed the ball home.
    Video replays showed that the ball struck his arm and the goal was disallowed, much to the home side’s disgust.
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    But Algeria would go on to capitulate, with dreadful defending allowing Karl Toko-Ekambi to net a 124th minute winner.
    The incident prompted coach Djamel Belmadi to collapse to his knees, his face contorted in sheer agony.
    According to outlandish reports in Algerian media, Fifa have agreed to investigate the incident.
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    Egypt have also complained to Fifa after their defeat to Senegal – following missiles thrown at Mo Salah and alleged racial abuse thrown towards the Liverpool ace.
    Salah missed a penalty in the crucial shoot-out, after having lasers directed at his face.
    Islam Slimani was adjudged to have handballedCredit: Fifa
    Mo Salah had lasers pointed in his faceCredit: Rex More