Match Agents Regulations At its meeting on 17 December 2002, the FIFA Executive Committee passed the following regulations in compliance with art. 16 par. 3 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes. To simplify matters, the use of the male gender in these regulations applies to both males and females. Preamble These regulations govern the occupation of match agents who arrange matches between teams belonging to different confederations. Any confederation that makes use of its entitlement to issue its own match agents licence (cf. art. 3 par. 2 of these regulations) shall ensure that its regulations are based on the guidelines...

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia's formula one team, Lotus Racing, must perform well in Bahrain next month to maintain the Lotus image and brand. He said he believed that the team had their own mission to do their level best as failure to deliver would tarnish the famous name that they carried. Dr Mahathir, who played an important role in setting up motoring sports in Malaysia, was speaking at the reporters after officially opening the team's factory in Norfolk, Norwich on Monday. He was joined by the team's principal Tony Fernandes, his deputies Kamaruddin Meranun and SM Nasaruddin SM Nasimuddin,...

AFC president Mohamed Hammam appears to have signaled his intention to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in elections next year. Speaking at a press conference in Seoul, Hammam said: “We would like to see an Asian as the president of FIFA. This represents and reflects the importance of our continent. The AFC’s slogan is ‘The Future is Asia’. (Pic:Jaiho with Blatter) And this is true in all spheres of the sport.“I believe that the time has come for an Asian to come forward for this position. And there is more than one potential candidate available from Asia to lead world football. When...

FORMER Philippines national player and PFF General Secretary Domeka Garamendi will take on the position as FIFA Assistant Development Officer in Kuala Lumpur on March 6. It is learnt a couple of weeks ago, FIFA officials were in Kuala Lumpur for a meeting with the staffs. Domeka is not a stranger to football administration, infact he has been actively involved in PFF and AFF for many years till he settled down in America after his marriage. I am sure this is a dream come through for him, and I wish all the best. I worked with him in many AFF tournaments. While Domeka...

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday he would have to face an Asian challenge when he stands for re-election next year. “There will be candidates for the presidency for the FIFA presidency in 2011, from Asia,” he told reporters without giving further details. Blatter, 73, was elected FIFA president in 1998 and has since been re-elected twice. In Thursday’s edition of the English daily newspaper The Guardian, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) head Mohamed Hammam said he would propose the FIFA president should in future have a maximum period in office of eight years. Qatari Hammam said he had support for the idea from other...

Indonesia’s surprise bid to host the 2022 World Cup seems to be over after a government official told Reuters today that the priority should be to improve the standard of the national team. The ambitious bid by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) relied on financial support from the government, who said they were more concerned with the team improving on their Fifa world ranking of 136. “PSSI has been asking for the government to give a government guarantee and declaration. The (guarantee) has not been granted at this stage,” Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng said via telephone. Fifa’s deadline for the...

(from left SAM vice-president Eric Samuel, president Ahmad Khawari Isa, Datuk Kamal Harun, F&N national corporate affairs manager and Jin Ye of F&N at the press conference) The trio are among the top six nominees shortlisted by SAM ahead of the grand award ceremony, which will be held at the Petaling Jaya Hilton on Feb 20. The winner of the award will receive RM10,000. The other nominees are swimmer Daniel Bego, divers Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee and the women’s badminton team who won the SEA Games gold medal in Vientiane last December. SAM president Ahmad Khawari Isa said that this year’s...

THE MALAY MAIL HARESH DEOL MINISTRY PROBES NSC KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry has started its probe into the controversial purchase of two chalets in Port Dickson by the National Sports Council (NSC). Its minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, in voicing his displeasure over NSC's investments in such properties, wants to get to the bottom of the issue. “This happened sometime back and I’m unaware as to why NSC bought the chalets in the first place,” he said. “I’ve been asking them (NSC officials) the same question. Buying chalets is not the core business of NSC.” Shabery was told, during a board of directors...

ZOL COMES CLEAN ON AUDITORS REPORT NSC's Chalet fiasco: It was supposed to be a secret NSC wanted to avoid misuse by some 'high ranking officials' Haresh Deol Friday, February 5th, 2010 11:38:00 Sources told The Malay Mail that the council was forced to keep the purchase under wraps for fear of it being misused by “higher ranking officials within the Sports Ministry”. KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council, apparently, wanted to keep the purchase of the two premium chalets in Port Dickson "a secret". The Malay Mail, in its report "NSC in the soup — again!" published yesterday, revealed that the council was ticked off by the Auditor-General after...