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Neymar wants to stay at Santos instead of going to Manchester City

Settled Neymar frustrates Man City and Chelsea by insisting he's happy at Santos

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UPDATED:

06:33 GMT, 27 December 2012

Neymar has dashed the hopes of Europe's elite by insisting he will not leave Santos in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old has been linked with
Barclays Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea and Spanish
giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But the Brazil star says he is happy at Santos and that it is not the right time to leave.

Spot on: Neymar scored two, made one and them turned on the style

Settled: Neymar is happy at Santos and wants to concentrate on life in Brazil

He told TV Bandeirantes: 'I am happy at Santos, with my family, son, friends, so it's not the moment to leave.

'That moment will come because I have the dream of playing in Europe since I was a kid, but that moment hasn't come yet.

'Today, I don't see myself playing for any other team [than Santos].'

Last week Man City's director of
football Txiki Begiristain flew to South America to discuss a possible
move for the Brazil international.

Neymar enjoys playing for his country
and some believe he will not leave Santos until after the 2014 World
Cup, which is being hosted in his country.

In summer 2013 Brazil participate in the Confederation Cup and he is determined to make an impact.

'I would be lying if I said I am not thinking about the Confederations Cup,' he explained.

'I had two opportunities to play
competitions for the national team, one in the Olympics and another in
the Copa America, and I feel I am even more prepared now.

'I am very eager and I hope I will do a good job so we can win the title.'

Mohamed Bin Hamann resigns as FIFA issue life ban

Bin Hamann resigns from all positions in football as FIFA issue new life ban to disgraced former Blatter rival

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 17 December 2012

FIFA has imposed another life ban on former presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam, who has resigned from all his positions in football.

The world governing body said the 63-year-old Qatari had been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.

The ban is not in connection with allegations of bribery while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency but for 'conflicts of interest' while president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

FIFA said in a statement: 'Mr Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again.

'This results from a resignation letter of Mr Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.

'In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

'This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.

'That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (conflict of interest) of the FIFA code of ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC president and as member of the FIFA executive committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a lifelong ban from all football-related activity.'

African players get a raw deal, says Wigan boss Martinez

African players get a raw deal, says Wigan boss Martinez

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UPDATED:

22:05 GMT, 1 December 2012

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
believes the Africa Cup of Nations will put Premier League managers off
signing players from that continent.

Martinez will lose Arouna Kone when
the Wigan striker represents Ivory Coast, alongside Manchester City duo
Yaya and Kolo Toure, in the 29th tournament to be held from January 19
to February 10 in South Africa.

National service: Wigan will lose Arouna Kone

National service: Wigan will lose Arouna Kone

The Wigan boss, whose side face Newcastle tomorrow night at St James' Park, signed Kone in the summer but says he may need to rethink his policy of bringing in African players because of the disruption the tournament causes every two years. 'If you are going to sign a player in January and then you are going to lose him for four weeks, I'm sure you will look elsewhere,' said Martinez.

'It brings a disadvantage to players that represent their countries in that tournament, which is unfair. I guarantee that managers will always think that if you're going to lose a player then it is an extra consideration and it goes against African players getting to the Premier League. That's a real shame.

'If you're going to lose a player every January for four or five weeks, some clubs cannot cope -they rely on these players.'

Martinez thinks world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should make their tournament every four years like the European Championships.

'The authorities need to take a look, it is not fair on the clubs,' he added.

The Africa Cup of Nations used to be played every even year but from next year it will be every odd year to avoid clashing with future World Cup finals.

England up to third in FIFA world rankings, leaving Italy trailing

Watch out, Spain! England leave Italy trailing and move up to third in FIFA world rankings

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 8 August 2012

England have climbed to third place in the latest FIFA world rankings – their highest position.

Roy Hodgson’s side exited Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage and have failed to reach the last four of a major competition since 1996.

Yet they have moved above Uruguay into third in the standings, which are led by Spain with Germany in second place.

More misery: England crashed out of Euro 2012 to Italy in the quarter-finals

More misery: England crashed out of Euro 2012 to Italy in the quarter-finals

England were outclassed by Italy in their quarter-final in Kiev six weeks ago, yet bizarrely are ranked three places higher than the finalists.

Portugal, who reached the semis at Euro 2012, are also lower, as are Holland and Argentina.

In a further quirk of the standings, Brazil are 13th – one position below Greece and three beneath Denmark.

England’s lofty position asks significant questions of the way the rankings are calculated.

Apart from a friendly win over Spain last November and the 5-1 thrashing of Croatia in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup, England fans have had precious little to celebrate in recent times.

Odd: Italy reached the Euro 2012 final - but England are ranked above them

Odd: Italy reached the Euro 2012 final – but England are ranked above them

The nation’s last victory against significant opposition at a major competition was the 1-0 win over Argentina at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

FIFA state their rankings are based on all international matches, including friendlies, played in the previous four years.

The criteria included are the outcome, status of the match, opponent’s strength and the strength of team’s confederation.

Wins against high ranking opponents in competitive matches are very valuable, while only results over the last 12 months count in full.

Those from the previous year count half, while games played up to three and four years earlier have even less significance.

Since the 2010 World Cup, England’s record reads a respectable won 13, drawn five and lost three.

But their inability to launch a meaningful challenge at tournaments, where they have consistently fallen short against quality opponents, will bemuse supporters surveying the last FIFA rankings.

Mohamed Bin Hammam has lifetime ban from FIFA annulled

Embarrassment for FIFA as Bin Hammam has lifetime ban overturned by CAS

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 19 July 2012

Mohamed Bin Hammam has had his lifetime FIFA ban annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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The ruling by CAS will cause huge embarrassment to FIFA, whose ethics committee imposed the lifetime ban for bribery one year ago.

It is understood that while the Qatari has not been proven innocent by CAS the appeal has been upheld on the grounds of a lack of evidence.

FIFA can bring fresh proceedings against Bin Hammam if the revamped ethics committee has any new evidence.

Overturned: Mohamed bin Hammam has his ban annulled

Overturned: Mohamed bin Hammam has his ban annulled

Bin Hammam was found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee last year of paying bribes to Caribbean officials while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Bin Hammam had been president of the Asian Football Confederation and he was provisionally suspended by that governing body earlier this week.

That followed an audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers that centred on contract negotiations and payments to and from AFC bank accounts during Bin Hammam's presidency.

He was alleged to have breached a number of AFC regulations including relating to gifts and bribery. Sources close to Bin Hammam say the allegations are further attempts to tarnish his name.

Bin Hammam always claimed the FIFA action against him was retribution for having challenged Blatter for the presidency.

Election: Bin Hammam stood against Sepp Blatter

Election: Bin Hammam stood against Sepp Blatter

It is almost a year to the day since FIFA's ethics committee found 63-year-old Bin Hammam guilty of conspiring to pay bribes and issued the lifetime ban.

Bin Hammam had been a growing force in international football and displayed his power by being influential in Qatar's runaway victory in the contest to host the 2022 World Cup.

Some observers had believed he was on course to defeat Blatter until, less than a month before the election, he was accused of paying around 1million US dollars to officials from 25 Caribbean nations.

Witnesses testified that after being addressed by Bin Hammam at a specially-arranged meeting in Trinidad, officials were invited to pick up cash gifts of 40,000 US dollars per association contained in brown envelopes.

The witnesses stated that former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner had told officials the money had come from Bin Hammam. Warner resigned from FIFA a month later and refused to speak to investigators.

Mohamed Bin Hammam suspended by AFC

Bin Hammam in hot water again as disgraced former FIFA man is suspended in Asia

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 16 July 2012

Disgraced: Bin Hammam

Disgraced: Bin Hammam

Mohamed Bin Hammam has been provisionally suspended from all football activity by the Asian Football Confederation following a forensic audit of the governing body's accounts.

Former AFC president Bin Hammam has already been banned for life by world governing body FIFA after being found guilty of paying cash gifts totalling close to $1million US dollars to football officials from Caribbean countries during his FIFA presidential campaign last May.

He is awaiting a final verdict on his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his final chance to overturn the world ban, but the body he formerly headed are now pursuing their own investigation into a number of alleged rule breaches.

The audit, produced by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, centred on contract negotiations and payments to and from AFC bank accounts during Bin Hammam's presidency.

Bin Hammam is alleged to have breached Article six of the AFC Statutes (Conduct of Bodies and Officials); Article 62 of the AFC Disciplinary Code (Corruption); and Articles three (General Rules), five (Conflict of Interest), nine (Fiduciary Duty and Confidentiality), 10 (Accepting Gifts and Benefits), 11 (Bribery) and 12 (Commission) of the AFC Code of Ethics.

He will be suspended from duty for up to 30 days while the allegations are investigated, the AFC confirmed in a statement.

Franz Beckenbauer hits back at Sepp Blatter over World Cup vote claim

Beckenbauer blasts Blatter over suggestion of corruption in 2006 World Cup vote

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 16 July 2012

Franz Beckenbauer has hit back at suggestions by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that there was irregularity in the decision to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

In an interview with Switzerland's Blick newspaper yesterday, Blatter suggested the vote for the host of the 2006 World Cup had not run smoothly and he suspected malpractice.

However, Beckenbauer, who was head of the organising committee for that tournament, was unhappy with the comments.

Power games: Blatter (left) and Beckenbauer (right) at the 2006 World Cup

Power games: Blatter (left) and Beckenbauer (right) at the 2006 World Cup

'I cannot understand the remarks and suggestions of Sepp Blatter,' he said.

Blatter suggested the vote had been fixed to favour Germany over his own preference of South Africa.

Germany eventually won the right to host the tournament by 12 votes to 11, with New Zealand's representative of the Oceania confederation abstaining.

'When we talk about a World Cup being bought, I remember back to 2006 where, at the very last moment, somebody left the room and, instead of having a vote of 10-10, it finished 10-9 for Germany,' said Blatter.

'I am pleased because I did not have to cast a deciding vote but for somebody to suddenly leave the room – maybe I was too kind or too naive at the time.'

Can't kick me out: Blatter insists he'll never be forced out of his FIFA post

Can't kick me out: Blatter insists he'll never be forced out of his FIFA post

When asked if he presumed the vote had been fixed, Blatter said: 'I don't presume anything, I am stating facts.'

Those facts, according to Beckenbauer, are flawed.

'He has even got the result wrong,' he said in Germany's Bild newspaper. 'It was 12-11 and not 10-9.

'And what was decisive was that the eight Europeans all united behind us and voted for us.'

The president of Germany's Football League, Dr Reinhard Rauball, has called for Blatter to step down as a result of the ISL bribery scandal which has recently come to light, but Blatter has ruled that out.

'It is nothing new that people want rid of me,' said the Swiss. 'Sometimes it is the British media, then the American and then the German.

'The truth is, Rauball called me last Friday and told me that I should resign.

'I told him that it is not as easy as he imagines. The fact is, I have been elected by the congress.

'No club will decide whether and when I leave.'

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Rashidi Yekini dies aged 48

African football great Yekini who scored Nigeria's first World Cup goal dies aged 48

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 5 May 2012

Former Nigeria striker Rashidi Yekini has died aged 48, the Confederation of African Football have announced.

Yekini, who scored Nigeria's first ever World Cup goal 1994, died suddenly in Ira, Nigeria.

The striker, who played for Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal, Greek giants Olympiacos and Spanish team Sporting Gijon, is best remembered for his goals at the World Cup in the United States.

Legend: Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first ever goal in World Cup football

Legend: Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first ever goal in World Cup football

Rest in peace: Yekini died aged 48

Rest in peace: Yekini died aged 48

He scored his country's first World Cup goal in a 3-0 win over Bulgaria. His celebration, running into the goal and clutching the netting was one of the tournaments most memorable images.

CAF president Issa Hayatou said: 'I remember him well – he was a solid attacker – it was so difficult to take the ball from him.

'His physical strength was impressive. His joviality made him an endearing character. He has made a mark on his generation and received recognition from the pantheon of African football.

'In these painful circumstances I want to send in my name and on behalf of all the executive committee and the entire African football family my deepest condolences to his people, the Nigerian Federation and all its supporters. May God bless his soul and comfort his family.'

Yekini, who was named African Footballer of the Year in 1993, was top scorer as Nigeria won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and also appeared at the 1998 World Cup

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Mohamed Bin Hammam to make final bid to escape FIFA ban

Last chance saloon for Bin Hammam as he attempts to escape FIFA lifetime ban

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 17 April 2012

Mohamed Bin Hammam will make his final bid to overturn his lifetime FIFA ban for bribery on Wednesday.

The Qatari is taking an appeal against the ban, which was imposed by FIFA's ethics committee in July, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

Bin Hammam was banned for life after being found guilty of paying cash gifts totalling nearly 1million US dollars (630,000) to football officials from Caribbean countries during his FIFA presidential campaign last May.

Trouble: Mohamed Bin Hammam (right) accompanied by FIFA Vice President Austin Jack Warner

Trouble: Mohamed Bin Hammam (right) accompanied by FIFA Vice President Austin Jack Warner

The 62-year-old, who had also been president of the Asian Football Confederation, failed to overturn the ban at FIFA's appeals committee in September and the CAS panel remains his last chance.

Bin Hammam is not expected to attend the hearing in person but to leave the legal arguments to his lawyers. FIFA will also have their legal team arguing that the bribery charges had been proved and that the lifetime ban was just.

The charges were brought after a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union in Trinidad on May 11 last year arranged to hear Bin Hammam while on the campaign trail.

Unopposed: Sepp Blatter was re-elected

Unopposed: Sepp Blatter was re-elected

According to a FIFA ethics committee
report, witnesses said after Bin Hammam's speech, then FIFA
vice-president Jack Warner instructed delegates to go to a room to pick
up gifts – these turned out to be brown envelopes each containing 40,000
US dollars in cash.

According to the witnesses, Warner told delegates that Bin Hammam 'was the actual source of the money', the report states. Warner resigned from all football activities in June after being charged with bribery.

Bin Hammam pulled out of FIFA presidential contest and Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed.

After his lifetime ban, Bin Hammam – who spearheaded Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup – insisted he would never stop fighting to clear his name.

he will not relent in his bid to clear his name

Never back down: Bin Hammam said he will not relent in his bid to clear his name

He said in August: 'I was found guilty beyond any doubt by a kangaroo court and banned for life.

'I will not rest no matter what tactical delays, forgery or bias are put against me. I will continue my battle until I prove my innocence and that my suspension was a political decision and an absolute abuse of power to deprive me of my right to contest for FIFA presidency.'

The CAS hearing is expected to last for two days with the decision being announced within the next month.

Bin Hammam has also gone to CAS to try stop the Asian Football Confederation replacing him as president.

China's Zhang Jilong was appointed as acting AFC president last summer but the confederation must wait one year from the date of Bin Hammam's provisional ban – May 29 – before holding an election to replace him.