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FIFA Fines Ibrahimovic Agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent will be fined more than $6,000 for comparing FIFA to a mafia organization and President Sepp Blatter to a “demented dictator”.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday (Getty)

According to an Associated Press report, Mino Raiola of Monaco must pay a base sum of $5,350 as well as more than $1,000 in legal fees.

The agent made the comments in January after his Swedish client, a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, finished 10th in voting for FIFA's Ballon D'Or, which he said was “politically corrupt” because Ibrahimovic has yet to win.

Luzhniki Refurb to Cost $800 Million?

Moscow’s top construction official says renovations to Luzhniki Stadium could cost almost $800 million ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Luzhniki Stadium as seen in March 2012. (WFI)

"If FIFA keeps all of its tough demands, then it could cost as much as [$635 million to $793 million)," Marat Khusnullin, Moscow`s deputy mayor for city planning and construction, was quoted Saturday by the Indo-Asian News Service.

The venue, which staged athletics, football finals and ceremonies during the 1980 Olympics, will close in August after hosting the IAAF World Championships.

Among the areas that must be brought up to FIFA regulations in the 78,360-seater are spectator comfort, VIP facilities and media resources.

According to Khusnullin, the stadium’s bowl shape may also need to be altered for the World Cup.

"The angle of slope of the stands will probably be changed," he said.

FA Readies Chinese Website

The Football Association will launch its first foreign-language website later this week in Mandarin.

“Our key intention is to increase interaction with fans of the England team in China, and those who avidly follow The FA Cup,” said Sean McAuliffe, The FA’s Global Head of Business Development.

“Naturally, we are also keen to maximize any commercial opportunities in China, as well as supporting our major global partners, Budweiser and Nike.”

Most of the Mandarin website’s content will be translated from FIFA.com. Local content provided by FA partners in the region will also play a part.

The launch is timed around next weekend’s FA Cup semifinals and is part of the FA’s yearlong anniversary celebrations.

“In a year when The FA celebrates its 150th anniversary, our digital launch in China reflects that we continue to look for new opportunities to interact with fans everywhere,” added McAuliffe.

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson

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