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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 24.06.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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...

Oooh, Aaaaah ... Manchest-ar!

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

Way back in the mists of time (otherwise known as the late 1980s and early 1990s) I was a student living in Manchester absorbing a lot of that excellent city's life, culture and ... not inconsiderable precipitation...

POLL: Which Alternative 2022 World Cup Destination Would You Prefer?

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa president Sepp Blatter's admission it was a "mistake" to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup will intensify pressure on his organisation to move the f...

'It Was A Mistake' - Blatter Finally Acknowledges Qatar World Cup Error

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted it was a "mistake" to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Qatar 2022 World Cup: 7 Alternative Destinations ...

Focusing Minds on the Human Suffering in Qatar

Gail Cartmail | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Gail Cartmail

Workers explained their circumstances. As we sat with them in the terribly overcrowded 'bedrooms' many wept from sheer frustration. Returning home to massive debts chalked up by payment to labour agents is a humiliating prospect that has led some migrant workers to take their own lives. Agents actively recruit workers in poverty stricken and jobless countries. I wondered about the men I met who will return home alive or uninjured, who will repay their debt and who will survive the shame if they "fail". I looked workers in the eye and felt immense anger at the betrayal of their human rights.

Jim Murphy Urges FIFA To Put Pressure On Qatar Over Working Conditions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa and the national football associations of the UK should put pressure on Qatar to improve the "sub-human" working conditions of thousands of migra...

Fifa Feeling the Heat Over Qatar World Cup Decision?

Tony Jimenez | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

Another day, another predictable public relations disaster for FIFA. With this summer's World Cup now just a matter of months away, and Brazil's preparations still lagging alarmingly behind schedule, the governing body has hardly covered itself in glory of late.

FIFA Corruption Allegations Must Question Qatar World Cup

Damian Collins | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

FIFA seems to treat this kind of scrutiny with complete contempt. It needs to realise that it does not own world football; but is merely the governing body of the sport. It gives the impression of being full of a lot of hard faced old men who have grown rich from the game, and whose instinctive response to any crisis is to cover for each other.

The Case Against Qatar

Sharan Burrow | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

When will the workforce behind the richest country in the world and the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup be treated as human beings with decent housing, fundamental rights and no longer live with the enslavement of kafala? Qatar is a country without a conscience.

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.

Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

Frankly, Mr Shankly, Your Quote Needs Updating - Football IS a Matter of Life and Death

Neil Durkin | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

I can never hear about football tragedies without thinking of the Shankly saying. Hillsborough, Bradford City, Heysel, the Accra Sports Stadium deaths in Ghana in 2001, the dozens killed during Egypt's Port Said stadium clashes in 2012. The list goes on and on. Or indeed the recent depressing news of two more deaths during construction work on the stadium that will host the opening ceremony for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

French Footballer Zahir Belounis Finally Leaves Qatar (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Sport

French footballer Zahir Belounis has finally returned home from Qatar after he was finally granted an exit visa. Belounis arrived in Paris on Thurs...

Let's Get Real Greg

Kevin Graham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Kevin Graham

Win the World Cup in 2022? Is that it? Really? One refereeing decision, a couple of injuries or a Qatari version of Delhi belly can put paid to that in mins! Okay - there was a little bit more than that to it, but Greg Dyke's solution over simplified the matter at hand for me. English football is struggling because...

The Qatar Question - Has Fifa Been Even More Short-Sighted Than First Anticipated?

Ashley Khossousi | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Sport
Ashley Khossousi

It's almost guaranteed that the run-up to 2022 will be a treacherous minefield of political and social issues. Post-Brazil 2014 will be an ongoing fight for Fifa to regain its credibility and it's not going to be won too easily.