The Qatar World Cup has been accused of imposing a ‘freezing’ ban on the media

The Qatar World Cup has been accused of imposing a 'freezing' ban on the media

International television crews in Qatar for the Fifa World Cup could be prevented from interviewing people in their own homes under sweeping reporting restrictions that could have a “serious chilling effect” on media coverage. Broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV will be effectively banned from filming in shelters, such as those housing migrant workers, under filming permits issued by the Qatari government. The terms …

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Disruptive fans have been banned from the World Cup in Qatar

Disruptive fans have been banned from the World Cup in Qatar

Supporters with football ban orders have been banned from traveling to Qatar for the World Cup. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Measures to prevent disruptive and violent football fans are under orders to ban football in England and Wales from the World Cup in Qatar from today (Friday 14 October). From 10 November 1,308 people under the football ban will be required to surrender their …

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FIFA World Cup 2022 facts: dates, times, teams, football stars in action, how to watch, official song and Qatar tournament mascot

FIFA World Cup 2022 facts: dates, times, teams, football stars in action, how to watch, official song and Qatar tournament mascot

Qatar will host the biggest football show on the planet in 2022, with world stars like Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Pogba, Neymar and Kane set to light it up. The FIFA Men’s World Cup is up for grabs, four years after France claimed the right to call themselves world champions. The stakes are as high as ever with established football nations such as Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, …

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World Cup 2022: Qatar’s frantic countdown to a football tournament steeped in controversy

World Cup 2022: Qatar's frantic countdown to a football tournament steeped in controversy

When Denmark play in the men’s World Cup in Qatar this winter, their shirts will bear the name and logo of their sponsor, sportswear brand Hummel. One strip is all black, which Hummel describes as “the color of mourning”. The company explained the unusual design as a direct reference to the death of migrant workers in Qatar, as well as the region’s highly questionable human …

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Eight teams that missed out on this year’s FIFA World Cup

Eight teams that missed out on this year's FIFA World Cup

Even before the first kicks at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, fans who haven’t followed the qualifiers will be in for a shock: current European champions and four-time World Cup winners Italy will not be among the participants. While the failure to qualify has left the squad with some embarrassment, it’s not the only big name missing from Qatar’s 2022 roster. Several other major …

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Blatter to Beckham: who was in the room when Qatar won the World Cup

Blatter to Beckham: who was in the room when Qatar won the World Cup

The FIFA executive who chooses the World Cup host Fifa executives who voted on World Cup hosts Sepp Blatter … Then the President of FIFA, overseeing the bidding process. Now banned from football. Julio Grondona … Then a FIFA exco member. Now The Argentinian died in 2014, blamed by his colleagues for corrupt payments in the US indictment. Michel Platini … Then UEFA President, FIFA …

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Football corruption and the remarkable path to the Qatar World Cup

Football corruption and the remarkable path to the Qatar World Cup

With all the noise around human rights, worker deaths, image washing and more, it’s easy to forget what Qatar 2022 is really about, the message at the heart of this global football festival. Which of course is corruption. Committee members live high on someone else’s dick. Development money that never developed. A thick and wet handshake ended with a TV rights deal. Six weeks away …

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Ukraine will bid for the 2030 Men’s World Cup with Spain and Portugal

Ukraine will bid for the 2030 Men's World Cup with Spain and Portugal

Ukraine will join Spain and Portugal’s bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup in a move sanctioned by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Confirmation of the partnership is expected at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. It is understood that Ukraine, which has been under full-scale invasion by Russia since February 24, will host one of the tournament’s groups if the bid is successful. Spain …

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