Keir Radnedge

Keir Radnedge is the author of 33 sports books, encyclopaedias, biographies, statistics, quizzes etc.; Film/video/dvd scripts from the World Cup to Maradona to other main issues. He is also a broadcaster, carrying out analysis on TV (BBC, CNN, Sky, Al-Jazeera etc.). He has appeared worldwide on the radio, sports websites, magazines and in national/daily newspapers. He is also a conference moderator, operates a sponsor consultancy, publication aggregation and more… He is also Chairman of the Football Commission of AIPS, the international sports journalists' association.

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09/08/2020

FIFA reform guru Pieth says world federation is ‘panicking’ over its legal tangles

FIFA has been accused of “panicking” by undertaking a second war of words in a week, this time over a media report about events long before Gianni Infantino was elected to the presidency. Last Monday Alasdair Bell, the world football federation’s Deputy Secretary General, summoned a video press conference in...

31/07/2020

Ashley must seek new buyer after Saudis’ Newcastle bid falls through

The Saudi Arabian bid to buy English Premier League (EPL) club Newcastle United from businessman Mike Ashley has been scrapped. Officially the bid had been frozen for the past three months while League officials awaited clarification on the precise chain of responsibility proposed by the Saudi sovereign investment fund PIF,...

07/07/2020

Colombia football bosses plus FIFA Council member fined $4.6m for World Cup tickets scam

The Colombian football federation and 17 senior executives including FIFA Council member Ramón Jesurún have been fined US$4.6 million for a World Cup tickets rip-off. An investigation by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (SIC) – the country’s business regulator – took more than two years to bring a verdict against...

09/04/2020

TV executives deny latest round of FIFAGate corruption charges

Two former 21st Century Fox television executives and a South American sports marketing company have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in New York in the long-running FIFAGate corruption scandal. Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez, and Urugauay-based Full Play Group regstered their pleas to crimes including wire fraud and money...

16/06/2019

Jack Warner fails in latest bid to defy FIFAGate extradition to the United States

Jack Warner, one of the most infamous of the FIFAGate targets of the United States Department of Justice (DoJ), has lost the latest stage in his bid to avoid extradition from Trinidad & Tobago. Warner, a former FIFA Vice President and President of the Central and North American Confederation (CONCACAF),...

News 15/05/2019

Legal tangle heading for extra time as financial fair play cloud rains on City parade

A protracted legal battle is likely if newly re-crowned English title winner Manchester City is suspended from European club competition for a year, as is a reported possibility. At the weekend, City became the first club in ten years to successfully retain the Premier League crown and it can make...

26/02/2019

Money-laundering trial of ex-Barcelona president Rosell starts in Madrid

The trial opens today in Madrid of former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, wife Marta Pineda and four other business associates accused of skimming off commissions from Brazilian national team television rights. Rosell and fellow accused Joan Besolí, his lawyer and close friend, have been held in prison for 641 days...

16/01/2019

Varnish loses fight for ‘employee status’ against UK Sport and British Cycling

Jess Varnish, cycling’s former European team sprint champion, has lost her employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport. The case had threatened to impact how UK Sport offers grants to British athletes in future, potentially forcing the body to introduce benefits and increased protection in the event of disputes...

21/09/2018

UEFA report highlights human rights gap between Turkey and Germany in Euro 2024 bid race

Fall-out from the selection of Russia and Qatar to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has exerted a significant effect on bidding for the 2024 European Championship. Germany and Turkey are the two contenders between whom the Executive Committee of European federation UEFA will decide in Nyon, near Geneva,...

News 19/04/2018

FIFA Council member Omari is detained in DR Congo football fraud investigation

Constant Omari Selemani, a member of the FIFA Council, senior figure in African football and President of the football association of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FECOFA), has been arrested along with three other senior officials in an embezzlement inquiry. Also arrested for questioning were Sports Ministry Secretary General Barthelemy...

22/03/2018

Bundesliga clubs vote to maintain 50+1 rule – for the time being

Clubs in the top two professional leagues in Germany have voted at a general meeting to keep the increasingly-discussed 50+1 rule. Andreas Rettig, CEO of 2.Bundesliga club FC St Pauli, who proposed maintaining the status quo, said: “All those who love football will like this decision. There was some controversial discussion but we...

16/02/2018

CONMEBOL warns it may quit Paraguay HQ after the latest legal defeat

South American football confederation CONMEBOL is threatening to move its headquarters out of Paraguay after losing a breach of contract court case. The row dated back to an agreement undertaken under the presidency of veteran former FIFA executive member Nicolas Leoz who is currently contesting an extradition application from the...

16/01/2018

Berlusconi’s sale of Milan under review by Italian prosecutors

Italian police have reportedly been investigating the terms of Milan’s sale last year by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to a Chinese consortium. Berlusconi, who bought the club in the 1980s, rescued it from near-bankrupcty and financed its rise to the pinnacle of world, European and Italian football, has denied...

27/12/2017

FIFAGate: Ex-Peru FA boss Burga freed after being cleared of corruption charges

The United States’ FIFAGate investigation struck a snag after former Peruvian federation president Manuel Burga was cleared by a jury after further deliberations in New York. Burga had been sent for trial along with ex-Brazilian CBF president Jose Maria Marin and former South American confederation supremo Juan Angel Napout. All...

15/12/2017

FIFAGate: Jury’s verdict crucial on US jurisdiction over CONMEBOL bosses’ bribes business

The jury’s verdict in the FIFAGate trial in New York is more nuanced and potentially far-reaching than many observers may believe. Jose Maria Marin (ex-president of Brazil’s CBF), Juan Angel Napout (fromer head of South American confederation CONMEBOL) and Manuel Burga (ex-president of Peru’s FA) all deny corruption charges which...

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