Qatar World Cup

Football's NOT Coming Home in 2018

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Sport
Sayed Bukhari

It was a big surprise to most of the footballing world when Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively...

The International Community Has a Responsibility to Challenge Qatar's Human Rights Record

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Qatar must allow international safety experts to assess the death toll so far and ensure that not one more person dies needlessly. If London 2012 could host an entire Olympics with no work-related fatalities, then Qatar can do the same for the World Cup. It's all down to will and political leadership.

Could England Host 2022 World Cup? Minister Says We're Ready

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics

England could host the 2022 World Cup if asked by Fifa in the the wake of corruption allegations, a Cabinet minister has said. Culture Secretary J...

Fifa's Corruption Should Be Measured in Blood, Not Money

Brogan Morris | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Sport
Brogan Morris

So, Sepp Blatter wins again. Despite all the scandal (forget the past few days, the past 17 years should've been enough), Blatter has been once more crowned king at the head of FIFA. Predictable, if still hugely depressing - this is, after all, the man who suggested female footballers wear tighter shorts, who's shrugged off stories of match-fixing, who confidently once declared, "there is no racism in football".

Ginola Attacks World Cup 'Slave-Labour', Offers To Replace Blatter

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Sport

Five international footballers, including former Tottenham midfielder David Ginola, have demanded Qatar abolish the labour system that allows migrant ...

Could UEFA's Intervention Mean The End For Sepp Blatter?

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Sport

UEFA called on Wednesday for the forthcoming FIFA presidential election to be postponed following revelations that Swiss prosecutors had launched crim...

Irish Equal Rights: Why Football Must Be Next

Dan Tickner | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Sport
Dan Tickner

Never short of an opinion, and in one of his more perky reflections to date, Morrissey has suggested that the same-sex marriage referendum in his home...

BBC Film Crew Arrested - A World Cup 'D'OH!' in Doha!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

The World Cup in Qatar had another public relations hit recently, when a press relations exercise went badly wrong - a real 'D'OH!' moment in Doha... ...

Qatar 2022: All Sing Together, ITUC or Anyone, They'll Never Defeat Us, We'll Fight Til the Day Is Won...

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

Qatar's deep-seated labour issues are going to take a lot of sorting out. Millions of overseas workers will continue to risk being cheated, underpaid, overworked, maimed through injury and even killed while they slog through their long hot days building the stadia and associated infrastructure for this football jamboree. Meanwhile, we're likely to get more and more puff stories about Qatar's "model" accommodation blocks and worker villages

FIFA Remains a Laughing Stock and So Is the Idea of a World Cup Boycott

Chris Deeley | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

There are three options. The first is that there is no corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes and every report to the contrary is just an extraordinary coincidence, or a conspiracy put together by people bitter about the results of recent World Cup bids. Stop sniggering, it's possible.

World Cup Whistleblower Offered Secret Service Protection

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Sport

A World Cup whistleblower, who made allegations of corruption against the Qatari bid to host the tournament in 2022, was offered protection by the US ...

This Is How to End Fifa Corruption

Grant Feller | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Sport
Grant Feller

The world's biggest brands should all pull out of their relationships with FIFA at the same time, complete with the knowledge that every single football fan - and pretty much every other consumer too - will hail them as heroes. Let their competitors take their place, let them spend billions propping up one of the world's most loathed institutions and face the opprobrium of customers whose sense of right and wrong will have been heightened by a mass walk-out.

BREAKING NEWS: FIFA Realises Qatar Is A Hot Country

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Officials from football's governing body FIFA have realised that Qatar is a hot country. "When we chose Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022, we had...

Qatar 'Will Not Host' 2022 World Cup

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Sport

A Fifa ExCo member has claimed the 2022 World Cup will not be staged in Qatar due to the country's sweltering conditions. Theo Zwanziger, the forme...

If Qatar's World Cup Bid Video Had Told The Truth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Comedy

HuffPost UK Comedy (thanks to Handface and David Schneider) imagines a slightly more truthful version of Qatar's bid advert for the 2022 World Cup... ...

Shedding Light on the Threat of Terrorism at Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Quintan Wiktorowicz | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Quintan Wiktorowicz

Citing a confidential assessment by former South African police chief Andre Pruis, British media is trying to make the case that Qatar is too vulnerable to terrorism to serve as host. As someone who has worked on counter-terrorism issues for nearly 20 years, I find this argument wrong for three key reasons.

Beckenbauer Banned For Declining To Cooperate With Investigation Into Qatar World Cup Bid

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport

Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from football by Fifa for 90 days while the organisation's ethics commission investigate a breach of its code. Wo...

Remember That Time Blatter Fell Over?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Sport

Yes, it happened nearly four years ago, but after Fifa president Sepp Blatter accused scrupulous and reputable journalists of racism for alleging the ...

Read That Garcia FIFA Corruption Report in Full

Damian Collins | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Sport
Damian Collins

Fifa is not above the law; it only looks like that. The FBI is conducting its own investigation into whether corrupt payments were made during the World Cup bids using computer servers based in the USA. They are free to bring forward their own prosecutions, like any other law enforcement agency if they believe that there is clear evidence of wrong doing within their jurisdiction. However, the only real way to hurt Fifa and to make it change its ways is through its finances.

Blatter Slams 'Racist' British Media

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has dismissed allegations of corruption surrounding the controversial Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, saying British journalists...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 7 June 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The relaxing hammock bear of news Nobody likes to admit they're wrong, but whether it's a team of footballers' passport numbers being printed on a s...

World Cup 2022 Now For Sale On eBay

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Anyone fancy a bid..? (eBay auctioneers: David Schneider, Robin Flavell, David Beresford, Handface)...

Qatar 2022 World Cup 'Corruption Facts'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Sport

The Sunday Times Insight team's 11-page exposé of the "plot to buy the World Cup" would have sent shockwaves throughout football had the meticulous d...

Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to Protest

Thomas Hughes | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Thomas Hughes

Article 19 is calling on the Brazilian government to ensure the right to protest and freedom of expression is protected, by introducing a new law to regulate the use of police force during demonstrations, which should follow five principles, according to UN standards: legality, necessity, proportionality, moderation and convenience.

Australia Could Renew 2022 World Cup Bid As Fifa Urged To Take Finals Away From Qatar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Sport

The Australian football association could resurrect its bid to host the 2022 World Cup after it confirmed it is "heavily involved" in investigating cl...