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.
The majority of tickets have been sold to Russians but international buyers account for 47 percent. With the draw taking place on Friday, Russia and FIFA have been eager to play down fears over racism and doping.
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.
Italian police have seized and searched a luxury Sardinian villa in connection with an ongoing Swiss investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
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.
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