FIFA has appointed Senegal's Fatma Samoura as its first female secretary general. A United Nations veteran and humanitarian expert, Samoura will take over for Frenchman Jerome Valcke, who was fired and banned for ethics violations.
World soccer leaders are gathering in Bahrain ahead of the annual FIFA Congress. Elections of Asian members and possible changes to how World Cups are awarded are on the agenda, but corruption still clouds the air.
Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has filed an appeal against his 10-year ban from football. FIFA issued the ban last year over a scandal involving the sale of World Cup tickets and television rights.
Qatar's national soccer team may face disciplinary action from FIFA after its players wore T-shirts showing support for the country's emir. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain and others recently cut all ties with Doha.
Senegal's Fatma Samoura is set to become the second most powerful person at football's world governing body. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in the post - a major change in the male-dominated world of FIFA.
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