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Sunday June 10 2018
FIFA revamp rankings system

FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced a revamp of the way FIFA world rankings are calculated, which could help Italy in future.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, partly because they were second seeds in the draw and ended up in the same group as Spain.

As only one side could go through from each group, this almost automatically doomed the Nazionale to the play-offs, where they went out against Sweden.

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Saturday June 9 2018
Rosetti: '3D VAR technology

The next stage of VAR will see maxi-screen replays for the fans and 3D graphics to represent offside calls, said Project Leader Roberto Rosetti.

The former referee is working as the Refereeing Project Leader in both Serie A and with FIFA for the 2018 World Cup.

After its first season in Italy, the Video Assistant Referee technology vastly cut the number of errors, yellow and red cards as well as reducing simulation by 35 per cent.

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Wednesday June 6 2018
Platini: ‘I’m not corrupt’

Michel Platini insists “I’m not a corrupt person, I haven’t stolen” as he goes “on the counter-attack”.

The former Juventus midfielder was President of UEFA, and had planned to run for the FIFA Presidency in 2015.

However, he was given an eight year ban by the organisation’s independent ethics committee in 2015, later reduced on appeal.

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Monday May 28 2018
Infantino: 'Italy absence painful'

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said it is “painful as a lover of football” to miss Italy in the World Cup, but welcomes Mario Balotelli back.

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“It’s painful as an Italian, but also as a lover of football, to think that this Azzurri jersey won’t be there at the World Cup,” Infantino told Rai Sport.

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Wednesday May 23 2018
Agnelli proposes new Champions League

Juventus President and chairman of the European Club Association Andrea Agnelli outlined his plans for a new Champions League format.

Agnelli sat down with The Guardian to discuss the backlash against FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s proposed new approach to the Club World Cup.

“We all want more international [European] games and less domestic, combined with an overall reduction of games because we don’t want to go over a certain number. And we said: ‘Let’s come up with a proposal.’”

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Tuesday May 15 2018
Juventus, Inter, Milan for Club World Cup

Reports in Italy suggest FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup will start in 2021, with Juventus, Inter and Milan all invited.

World football’s governing body is seeking to expand the current tournament, which features the winners of the UEFA, CONCACAF, AFC, CAF, OFC and CONMEBOL Champions Leagues.

FIFA wants to expand the tournament to revamp the tournament, holding it every four years in a deal would could be worth around €21bn.

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Wednesday May 2 2018
FIFA propose ‘mini World Cup’?

It’s reported that FIFA wants to stage a ‘mini World Cup’ of eight teams every two years, in addition to the expanded tournament.

Starting in 2026, the World Cup will expand from 32 teams to 48, a move which has drawn criticism from some quarters.

Now news agency Reuters reports that it has seen a letter from FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggesting a new tournament which would take place every October and/or November of every odd year, starting from 2021.

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Monday April 16 2018
‘Referees can’t go with context’

The head of FIFA’s refereeing department responds to Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon - “it’s impossible to think about where we are, what happened before…”

The Bianconeri goalkeeper was incensed by Michael Oliver’s decision to award a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid, declaring that a more experienced official wouldn’t have given a debatable decision in such a crucial moment.

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Tuesday April 10 2018
FIFA considers abolishing loans

It’s reported that FIFA are considering reforming the loan system, or even scrapping it altogether.

The executive committee will debate new measures in October, after meetings between FIFPro [the players’ union], the European Club Association, the World League Forum and former stars such as Cafu, Zvonimir Boban, Edwin van der Sar and Marco van Basten.

According to France Football, one of the measures being considered is the reformation or even scrapping of the loan system.

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Saturday March 3 2018
Official: Ifab approves VAR

VAR has already been used in Serie A this season, but has now been approved for wider use by the International Football Association Board.

The Ifab held a summit today to debate the new Video Assistant Referee technology and passed it unanimously, meaning the laws of the game can be amended.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is pushing for VAR to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.

According to the Ifab protocols, VAR should only be used on incidents of goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

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