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FIFA World Cup

 By PA Sport

David Ginola withdraws bid to be FIFA president

Portugese legend Luis Figo outlined his reasons for standing for the FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter who has been president since 1998.
David Ginola has officially ended his bid to become FIFA president.

David Ginola has withdrawn from the FIFA presidential race after failing to gain the minimum five nominations.

The former France and Tottenham winger's withdrawal was widely expected, and uncertainty continues over whether another prospective candidate Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy general secretary, has secured the nominations.

Ginola, who was paid 250,000 pounds by a bookmaker for his two-week campaign, said: ''Having not obtained required five nominations by deadline I will not be able...

 By PA Sport

Sepp Blatter: An 'omission' that Australia has not hosted World Cup

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the latest challengers to Joseph Blatter's role as FIFA president.
Dutch FA president Michael van Praag has confirmed he's running to become the next top boss of FIFA.
Portugese legend Luis Figo outlined his reasons for standing for the FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter who has been president since 1998.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has fired the opening salvo of his campaign for re-election by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup.

Blatter, bidding for a fifth term at the head of world football's governing body, said it was an "unfortunate omission" that the nation had not done so before.

Australia gained only one vote when bidding for the 2022 World Cup, controversially awarded to Qatar, and some FIFA observers believe Blatter was the member of the FIFA executive committee who voted for...

 By PA Sport

England FA backs Prince Ali for FIFA president as David Ginola's bid stops

England will back Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the FIFA presidential election.

England's Football Association formally nominated Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as a candidate to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, while the campaign by David Ginola appeared to end  on Thursday.

The decision was rubber-stamped at an FA board meeting -- but board members also welcomed the decision by Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to run for the presidency.

Former Portugal international Luis Figo is also standing, while French former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne is hoping...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Figo: I know what's best for FIFA

Portugese legend Luis Figo outlined his reasons for standing for the FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter who has been president since 1998.

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Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

MOSCOW -- Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

The Russian government is cutting its spending by 10 percent across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy could contract by between 4.5 and 4.7 percent this year, under pressure from low oil prices and international sanctions.

Mutko, who is a FIFA Executive Committee member, said in comments...