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Argentina goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez  under FIFA investigation for vulgar gesture

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FIFA has announced  that its Disciplinary Committee has launched investigations against a number of football associations for their potential breaching of FIFA regulations during the Qatar World Cup, including Argentina’s national team, winners of the 2022 World Cup.

Argentina’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez won the World Cup’s Golden Glove award for his iconic saves at the tournament. But after Martinez collected his award at the podium, he made a gesture with his trophy that was described by many to be vulgar and inappropriate.

The goalkeeper’s gesture caught viewers of the historic Qatar World Cup final by surprise. Some found Martinez’s way of celebration hilarious, while others deemed it disrespectful and inappropriate.

Martinez’s unusual way of celebrating made international headlines and was trending on social media for several days after the World Cup ended.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Argentinian Football Association due to potential breaches of article 11 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” which entails offensive behavior and violations of the principles of fair play, FIFA said in a statement.

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In addition, the Argentinian team is under investigation for potentially breaching article 12 of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code on the misconduct of players and officials.

FIFA has also opened an investigation into Argentina’s possible breaching of article 44 of the Qatar World Cup regulations, “in conjunction with the Media and Marketing Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” added the statement.

Meanwhile, FIFA has sanctioned Ecuador’s Football Federation with a fine of $21,566 for breaching article 13 of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code on Discrimination, after Ecuadorian supporters performed discriminatory chants during their national team’s opening game against Qatar.

The Mexican Football Association was sanctioned with a fine of $107,833 for breaching the same article, as Mexican supporters performed discriminatory chants during the Mexican team’s games against Poland and Saudi Arabia.

In addition, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ordered Serbia’s Football Federation to pay a fine of $53,916 for breaching articles 13 and 12 during Serbia’s game against Switzerland.

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The statement concluded that FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has also opened an investigation against Croatia’s Football Association for potentially breaching articles 13 (Discrimination) and 16 (Order and security at matches) during the Croatia-Morocco game.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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CAF looking for hosts for CAF Awards, Women Champions League and youth tournaments

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After eventually fixing dates for Africa Cup of Nations 2025 and the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football still have major hurdles to scale.

The confederation is looking for hosts for the CAF Women’s Champions League, the U-17 and U-20 AFCON as well as the CAF Awards 2024. Morocco were the hosts for the last editions of the CAF Awards and Women’s Champions League. The confederation which opened the bids hopes to get possible responses by the time of the 46th CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Kinshasa, DR Congo on Thursday 10 October 2024.

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CAF Executive Committee to meet on Friday

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Plunged with myriad of issues especially concerning regular fixtures of the Africa Cup of Nations 2025 as well as the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2024 both of which are to be held in Morocco, the  Confédération Africaine de Football CAF Executive Committee  will hold a virtual meeting on Friday.

It is expected that the congested fixtures occasioned by the women’s football event of the Paris 2024 Olympics as well as the enlarged FIFA Club World Cup 2025 will be discussed.

Till now,neither hosts nor period has been allocated for the Women’s Club Champions League which is supposed to be an annual event.

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Samuel Eto’o apologises and reinstates Cameroon coach Brys

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Former Cameroonian star forward and now football federation president Samuel Eto’o apologised Thursday to national team coach Marc Brys, with whom he had been involved in a heated exchange this week.

The ex-Barcelona striker also confirmed Brys would remain in his position after it was announced the Belgian was to be replaced as head coach of Cameroon on Wednesday.

“I apologise because during our first unfortunate meeting, there was a lot of emotion… but the Cameroonian people are more important than us, and it is for them that we must work,” said Eto’o at a press conference.

Eto’o was referring to an incident captured on video during his first meeting with Brys, which was widely shared on social media Tuesday.

The pair were seen to engage in a heated argument, before Brys left abruptly.

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“Your mission is not an easy one, despite your qualities and experience, but you should know that you will have our support,” added the two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner.

Brys was appointed to the role in April by Cameroon’s sport ministry, much to the astonishment of the country’s football federation (Fecafoot) and its president Eto’o wrote to the ministry to denounce its “illegal” appointment of the 62-year-old.

Fecafoot said it regretted not being involved “closely, nor remotely” in the selection process for the new coach and his staff.

Belgian Brys will now oversee Cameroon’s next two crucial matches in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, against Cape Verde on June 8 and Angola three days later.

-AFP

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