Anti-Gay Law Threatens Morocco World Cup Bid

A review of Morocco’s 2026 FIFATM World Cup bid documents carried out by Associated Press indicates that the bid did not adequately disclose or address the now fundamental human rights issue of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Simply put, amendments to FIFA Statutes (since 2013) now include sexual orientation as one of the grounds upon which discrimination is “strictly prohibited”. In Morocco (like Nigeria) homosexuality is a criminal offence and pro-LGBT activists argue against the hosting of international sporting events in such countries, where LGBT people could be discriminated against, if not prosecuted. The arguments still rage ahead[…]

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Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NPFL?

In a recent press release, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) revealed that it had sought the intervention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in order to pressure the League Management Company (LMC) into signing a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) proposed by NANPF. The LMC is the company that administers the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) – the top flight football league in the country. Being a players’ union, NANPF assumes the role of seeking to protect the welfare and interests of football players in Nigeria. The proposal by NANPF for a collective bargaining agreement is a[…]

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NANF demands $10b for EPL “Invasion”

It hit the news recently that the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), complained about the “invasion“ of Nigeria by foreign football leagues, particularly the English Premier League (EPL). NANF did not stop there as they are reported to have contracted Johnson & Steler Solicitors in London to initiate a process “to recover $10billion as outstanding royalties from 2008 to 2018 for the adverse effect of the invasion of the EPL and football betting using the Premier League games”. While NANF may have a valid complaint, it is unclear from whom the sum is to be claimed, how the sum[…]

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Delta State to Fund 6 Football Clubs: The Way Government sees Things

  For the second consecutive season, 20% of the clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be privately-owned. Last season’s quartet comprised of Giwa, Ifeanyi Ubah, Ikorodu United and MFM; but with Giwa’s expulsion and Ikorodu United’s relegation, two other privately-owned clubs, ABS and Remo Stars, have gained promotion to the top-flight. In this era of calls for government to leave the running of professional football clubs to the private sector, the fact that up to four of the 20 teams in the NPFL are privately-owned represents an improvement from the recent past. The government of Delta State[…]

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