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Court of Arbitration for Sport hears Gibraltar's appeal to join FIFA

Gibraltar will wait to hear if they will be admitted to FIFA.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Gibraltar's appeal to become a FIFA member has been heard at world sport's highest court, with no timetable set for a ruling.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the two sides will now submit further legal arguments after a hearing ended late on Thursday.

The case is unlikely to be resolved before the FIFA congress next week in Zurich.

FIFA declined to comment on Friday.

Though Gibraltar are UEFA members, they are barred from entering FIFA's 2018 World Cup qualifying...

FIFA's Sepp Blatter claims progress made in Israel-Palestine spat

FIFA president Sepp Blatter explains that football can function as an agent for peace, at the Israel Football Federation meeting in Jerusalem.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he is making progress in resolving a spat between Palestinian and Israeli soccer leaders and hopes to avoid a vote to suspend Israel.

Blatter says progress was made after speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. But he says one obstacle remains because the Palestinians are demanding that Israeli teams based in settlements in the West Bank be banned.

Blatter is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday.


FIFA's Sepp Blatter meets with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Palestine

FIFA president Sepp Blatter explains that football can function as an agent for peace, at the Israel Football Federation meeting in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in the hope of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body.

As part of his vision of using sports as a bridge between people, Blatter proposed holding a peace match in Zurich between the Israeli and Palestinian national teams. Seated alongside Blatter, the president of the Israeli federation, Ofer Eini, immediately...

UEFA sets 2018 World Cup qualifying format but wants 14th entry

With Russia automatically qualified as host, Europe is already set to have 14 teams in the 32-nation lineup.

VIENNA -- UEFA has announced it wants an extra place to be given to a European country at World Cup finals.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Monday that Europe will retain the same format of nine qualifying groups. The nine group winners will advance to play in Russia, and the eight best runners-up will enter a playoff round.

With Russia automatically...

Reinhard Rauball: Extra World Cup berth for Africa is 'unreasonable'

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has revealed that Europe are set to lose a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball has warned that providing the African confederation (CAF) with an extra World Cup berth could be unreasonable.

On Tuesday, FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger revealed that UEFA could lose one of its places at the 2018 finals, and that CAF could profit from it as they are under-represented under the current formula.

The 56 CAF associations have a total of five starting berths at the World Cup, while the 54 UEFA members, so far, have a guaranteed...