Football Notes: FIFA Lifts Kuwait's Two-Year Ban From Int'l Football
FIFA lifted Kuwait's ban from int'l football. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is in Kuwait to confirm the government is "no longer interfering" in how the football federation is being run. FIFA said that the "Kuwait Parliament has adopted a new sports law" which complies with its statutes. The ban was imposed in Oct. '15, leaving Kuwait unable to play its World Cup qualifiers (AP, 12/6).
Nigeria Sports Minister Solomon Dalung disclosed that the 2018 World Cup will cost the country N3B ($8.3M). Dalung added that FIFA would make N900M ($2.5M) available; football sponsors would raise N600M ($1.6M) while the federal government would provide N2B ($5.5M). The players will begin to get their allowances three months ahead of the "take-off" of the tournament to "boost their morale" (THIS DAY, 12/6).
Police submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service "following the arrest of a hugely respected youth football coach on suspicion of child sexual offences." Michael Sean Carson, 74, was arrested in Cambridge in January and "questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault." Police had been working with two of Carson’s former clubs, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, since the football abuse scandal was broken last year. (London GUARDIAN, 12/6).