Fifa says anti-racism taskforce had 'completed work'

The Fifa Taskforce Against Racism and Discrimination was set up in 2013 to develop strategies to tackle the issue.

Fifa general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said: "It had a specific mandate, which it has fully fulfilled."

But former Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein said: "For it to be disbanded with Fifa considering its work done is extremely worrying."

Beautiful Madang to host Momase regional qualifiers

Madang Soccer Association President Ray Romo in a meeting with the Local Organizing Committee and Chairman of Momase Soccer Federation Sigi Beche reiterated that MSA is looking forward to the tournament and will do everything possible to make this tournament a success.

“As the President of one of the oldest association in the country, my executives and I are ready to host the tournament, at the same time provide necessary support to the local organising committee.”

Preparations for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup stepping up

A joint committee for security has been created for security operations during the World Cup.

This comprises of the PNG Defence Force, Customs, National Airport Corporation, Department of Transport, the National Maritime and Safety Authority, National Security Advisory Council, PNG Fire Service, NCDC and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) as the lead agency for public safety and security plans.

Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Seamus Marten said preparations are going according to schedule.

Program aims to increase popularity of women’s football

PNG Football Association in partnership with FIFA will launch the FIFA ‘Live Your Goals’ concept this Sunday at the Bisini Soccer Oval in Port Moresby to encourage women in football.

The objective of the campaign is to increase participation of girls and women, increase the popularity of women’s football locally, nationally and globally, spark, foster and generate excitement about women’s football.

Scala quits as FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee chair

In what represents a severe blow to President Gianni Infantino just three months into his tenure at world football's governing body, the Swiss-Italian has quit an important role at FIFA after the ruling Council was granted the power to dismiss the heads of the independent watchdog committees without consulting its membership.

The unprecedented move was approved at the Congress, the first to be held under Infantino's leadership, with an overwhelming majority of 186 votes to one during yesterday's meeting

FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer assesses preparations in PNG

It was an opportunity to gather information regarding the health situation in the region and the condition of medical facilities as well as to initiate discussions with the authorities for the future implementation of FIFA’s global health initiative “FIFA 11 for Health”.

Planning underway for FIFA U20 World Cup

After meeting recently with FIFA delegates at the FIFA headquarters at Zurich, Switzerland, local organising committee (LOC) chief executive officer Seamus Marten said it gave them the chance to discuss key functional areas.

Marten travelled with a team in the areas of Security, Medical, Competition, Broadcast and Media personnel from the LOC.

These are the key functional areas that will start the planning process for logistics.

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Asian man in police uniform warned

Central police commander Laimo Asi says that the Chinese man pictured wearing police uniform and serving customers at his supermarket at Moreguina station, has been warned to stop impersonating police.

FIFA to punish Papua New Guinea for Olympic playoff no-show

FIFA to punish Papua New Guinea for Olympic playoff no-show

The incident is embarrassing for FIFA vice president David Chung, who leads the Papua New Guinea soccer federation and the Oceania confederation.

Papua New Guinea lost 7-1 in the first leg at home on Saturday.

New Zealand media reported that visa issues were blamed for the visiting team not travelling for the return match in Auckland.

FIFA did not give a reason Monday when confirming in a statement that the playoff second leg was cancelled.

New Zealand now advances to represent Oceania at the 12-team Rio de Janeiro Olympics tournament in August.

Blatter and Platini receive eight year bans from FIFA

Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in a 26 Febuary election is now likely to be over.

Ethics judges ruled that Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts.

Platini broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty.

Both denied wrongdoing in 2011 when Platini took $2.8 million of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

Blatter was fined $70,000 and Platini was fined $112,000.