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Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane take top honours at FIFA awards

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane were named FIFA men’s and men’s coach of the year respectively at the governing body’s annual ‘The Best’ football awards.

Ronaldo will retain the title he won in 2016 — again finishing ahead of Lionel Messi in a vote between national team players, coaches, media and fans — earning his fifth award as FIFA’s top male footballer.

The Portuguese captain took 43.16% of the total vote, earned in a fruitful year in which he won the Champions League and La Liga with Real and extending his form in longevity. He scored two goals against Juventus in the Champions League final to help Real achieve continental supremacy for the 12th time, along with a hat-trick against Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals.

When asked how long he could keep up this level of form, Ronaldo said: “I don’t know, I just enjoy the moment, the moment is great. I feel happy, I’m 32 and have won best player in the world and I’m so glad. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next year. I just try to focus on the moment.”

The was also little doubt that Real coach Zinedine Zidane would claim the award for best men’s coach after concluding last season as the champions of Spain for the first time since 2012 and champions of Europe for the second successive season.

Zidane won the award ahead of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League title in his first season, and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri, who led his team to a league and cup double in Serie A and Coppa Italia.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud was awarded the Puskas for best goal that came in the Premier League match against Palace on New Year’s Day, with the France forward converting a superb ‘scorpion’ kick volley in which he flicked an Alexis Sanchez cross from behind him over his shoulder and into the goal with his left heel.

Also, in addition to awarding the best players and best coaches of different categories the FIFA ceremony also included the Fair Play Award, which recognised the gesture by Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life-saving first aid on Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during a Czech League game in February.

PSG president investigated in World Cup bribery case

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The Swiss attorney-general’s office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.

Nasser al-Khelaifi, one of the most powerful figures in European and world football because of PSG’s and beIN’s Qatari backing and FIFA’s controversial vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, was named as the subject of investigation by OAG on Thursday.

This follows an ongoing OAG investigation into the former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke that began in March 2016 on grounds of “suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement”. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Khelaifi was accused of bribing Valcke in connection with the award of TV rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, as beIN Sports has bought from FIFA the rights to broadcast those tournaments to countries in the Middle East and north Africa, after findings obtained in the investigation against Valcke have led to a separate line of inquiry involving Al-Khelaifi, who is CEO of beIN Media Group.

Searches were carried out at beIN’s offices at Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris following a request from the OAG.

The sports broadcaster, of which Khelaifi is the chief executive as well as chairman, said in a statement: “beIN refutes all accusations made by OAG. The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of the investigation.”

Valcke — who was interviewed on Thursday — is currently in the process of appealing against his 10-year ban from football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being found guilty of a series of breaches of FIFA’s code of ethics and was sacked in January 2016, though he has always denied any wrongdoing.

Leicester turns to CAS after appeal to FIFA over Adrien Silva fails

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Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport (CAS) to plead their case after FIFA turned down their appeals to legitimise Adrien Silva’s registration.

The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning, after Leicester and the Football Association had asked to ratify the transfer as the paperwork for Silva’s £22m deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon had been declared to have been submitted 14 seconds late.

Instead of opting to make an exception with the slight delay, FIFA withheld the International Transfer Certificate, as the data input into its Transfer Matching System was received by the FA moments after the deadline.

After the world governing body also refused appeals to the case, Silva will remain registered to play for Leicester until January. It also leaves him in limbo, being unable to train with Leicester and having been left out of Portugal’s squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Switzerland this month. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

A Leicester spokesman said: “The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning.”

“We cannot hide our disappointment or that of the player at the short-term consequences of the decision. Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport over the signing of Adrien Silva.”

“We maintain, and have made strong representations to the Players’ Status Committee, that all parties involved in Adrien’s transfer fulfilled their obligations, consistent with regulations and within the required timeframe. The club is reserving its position in relation to whether it will decide to appeal the decision to the court of arbitration for sport.”

“The club and its staff will continue to work with Adrien to hopefully minimise the impact that missing a substantial period of the season may have on the player, while continuing to prepare the squad for the games ahead.”

Football Association to defend Dele Alli over one-finger salute

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The Football Association (FA) has shown support to Dele Alli in the belief that they can prove the Tottenham midfielder was not directing a one-finger salute at the referee in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia on Monday

Alli, 21, was caught on camera gesturing his middle finger immediately after the French official, Clement Turpin, had waved away his appeals for a free-kick 13 minutes from time in the win against Slovakia at Wembley.

The player subsequently told his manager, Gareth Southgate, that the gesture had been made towards his former club-mate, Kyle Walker.

“Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle,” explained Southgate on Monday. “The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

Alli reiterated that explanation for his actions on Twitter late on Monday night, also apologising on said tweet “for any offence caused”, with Walker also suggesting on social media that he had seen the funny side of the incident, as well as one long-distance camera angle of the incident appears to support Alli’s version of events.

The FA also indicated that they will support Alli if contacted by Fifa about the incident. Members of the organization has already unearthed a closer camera shot, which has not been made public, which would back up Alli’s explanation and, if requested, will make it available to world football’s governing body in an attempt to prevent Alli being sanctioned.

However, FIFA indicated on Tuesday that it was “gathering evidence” before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation.

The world football governing body could also charge the 21-year-old with acting against the spirit of the game, an offence which most likely carry a fine or, at worst, a short suspension.