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 By Ian Holyman

Lassana Diarra to be paid €6m by FIFA, Belgian FA after winning court case

19-year-old Maxime Lopez won the Ligue 1 player of the month award for December and is being compared to Andres Iniesta.

A Belgian court has ruled FIFA and the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) share the blame for Lassana Diarra's transfer to Charleroi falling through in 2015 and must now pay the midfielder €6 million.

The court in Charleroi ruled FIFA had infringed EU law concerning the freedom of movement by stating that any club that signed Diarra could be jointly liable with the Frenchman to pay the €10m fine he owes Lokomotiv Moscow. 

The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid man was...

British man dies on 2022 World Cup stadium site in Qatar

There's been plenty of bad news surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with corruption allegations about Qatar's bid to host the event still making the headlines.
ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say a British man has died working at a stadium that will be a venue for the event.

The organisers say the unnamed 40-year-old man died on Thursday working at Khalifa International Stadium, which is due to stage games up to the quarterfinal stage in 2022.

A statement from Qatar read: "The relevant authorities have been notified and the next of kin has been informed. An immediate investigation into the cause of this fatality is underway and further details...

Bundesliga to debut video review for 2017-18 season

Here's what you need to know ahead of the return of the Bundesliga this week, as Bayern lead heading into the second half.
Arjen Robben was in a jovial mood after signing a new one-year extension with Bayern Munich.
ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines Borussia Dortmund's goals for 2017 and the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Bundesliga says it will be ready to use video review next season.

FIFA's rules-making panel, known as IFAB, is working with leagues to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VARs) ahead of likely approval for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFA wants video review only for potential "clear errors" in four situations: Goals being scored, penalties being awarded, players being sent off, and cases of mistaken identity.

IFAB should decide early next year on using VARs at the World Cup.

Germany's top...

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Arsenal Wenger against Marco van Basten's plan to scrap offside rule

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Marco van Basten's idea to have NASL-style penalties at the World Cup.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned proposed changes to the laws of the game, which include scrapping offside, put forward by FIFA technical director Marco van Basten.

The former AC Milan and Netherlands striker has also suggested replacing penalty shootouts with eight-second run-ups and introducing orange cards to send players to sin-bins for 10 minutes.

He has also proposed that players should be involved in fewer matches each season, that games should go straight to penalties without extra-time,...

FIFA mulls NASL-style shootouts for 2026 World Cup group stage

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Marco van Basten's idea to have NASL-style penalties at the World Cup.
Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

Marco van Basten has said FIFA is considering using shootouts in group-stage games at the 2026 World Cup and may revive the old NASL-style penalties for the tournament.

Former Netherlands star Van Basten, who became FIFA's chief officer for technical development in September, is responsible for all technical areas from football technology innovation to refereeing.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has already received the green light for his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, with...

2018 World Cup in Russia will be the best ever - Yura Movsisyan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Real Salt Lake and Armenia international forward Yura Movsisyan insists that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be "the best World Cup this world has ever seen," and that fans need not worry about their safety.

With the tournament now less than 18 months away, worries over terrorism, the country's infrastructure, hooliganism, and racism from the host country's fans are significant. The fact that the security effort for the 2014 Winter Olympics proved to be successful hasn't...