Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United. His agent, Fernando Felicevich, declined to comment when asked if he was asking for a £15m   fee himself for the forward to agree a move. Photograph: Getty Images

The January transfer window closed with a blizzard of late moves, delivering £50 million as the new normal fee for players – £142 million for one of t(...)

Lowest-ranked team Saudi Arabia are drawn against Russia in the 2018 World Cup. The second- and third-lowest ranked teams were also, coincidentally, drawn against Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

I can’t put the feeling into words, but I’ll never forget it. Niall Quinn had just equalised against Holland and I was jumping around ecstatically in (...)

Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also heading up the World Cup organising committee, pictured with Fifa president  Gianni Infantino during last week’s draw in Moscow. Photograph:  Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Cornel Borbely, Fifa’s ethics committee chairman, was investigating the alleged role of Russia’s deputy prime minister for sport, tourism and youth po(...)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino (right) and Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko give a press conference prior to the  World Cup draw  in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

How awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, ruthlessly plotting a course towards next year’s World Cup in Russia, that the I(...)

 Gary Lineker will front Friday’s World Cup draw. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

As the days ticked down you kept thinking he might still have something up his sleeve. Maybe this is a brilliantly orchestrated inside job. Maybe half(...)

Fifa handed out three lifetime bans for corruption on Tuesday. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images

Fifa has dished out life bans to the former presidents of the Guam, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan football associations for corruption, its ethics committ(...)

 Martin O’Neill: victory over Denmark for his Republic of Ireland side could prove  very lucrative for the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Fifa has confirmed a 12 per cent increase in the prize money for next summer’s World Cup with the FAI standing to gain a minimum of around €7 million (...)

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney pictured at the FAI Football For All Strategic Plan Launch. The organisation will receive over €7 million should Ireland beat Denmark and reach the World Cup. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The FAI stands to gain around €7.75 million in guaranteed prize money if Martin O’Neill and his players can beat Denmark over the two legs of their Wo(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho

There are a fair few moments recalled in David Conn’s remarkable book on football’s governing body The Fall Of The House of Fifa that you find yoursel(...)

 Fifa president Gianni Infantino. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar have written to world soccer’s governing body Fifa to demand it be stripped of hosting the (...)

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