Qatar World Cup

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 28.03.2014 | 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 19.03.2014 | 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 17.03.2014 | 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.

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.

Fifa Say There Is 'No Doubt' 2022 World Cup Will Be In Qatar

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Sport

There is "no doubt" the 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar, according to a Fifa spokesman, despite concerns over the host nation's credentials. ...

We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar

Damian Collins | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Like most people I have been appalled to read the recently published stories about the terrible conditions in which the builders and workers in Qatar who are constructing the infrastructure that will support the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that country, are being subjected to. It is shocking to hear about their lack of basic human rights and how so many have died working on projects there. The organisers in Qatar say that they share our concerns, as do Fifa, but they must show the world that they are clearly making a massive effort to stop these practices, and ensure the health and dignity of the workers.

Football - Crazy?

Mark Piggott | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Piggott

What's the League Cup called now? I lost track somewhere between the Coca-Cola and Milk Cup eras. As for the Europa, which would you prefer - top four in the league or a tricky second leg in Elfsborg? Come to think of it (Wigan), which would YOU prefer - FA Cup winners, or staying in the Premiership?

Qatar 2022 World Cup Must Be Held In Winter, Says FA Chairman Greg Dyke

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Sport

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar must inevitably be held in the winter, the new chairman of the FA has said. Greg Dyke, only two weeks into his job as c...

Change My Mind: A World Cup In Winter?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Sport

Last week the chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, tried to pour cold water on the "flawed" plans to host the Qatar World Cup in the winter, saying it...

A Winter World Cup Would Wreak Havoc on the Football Calendar

Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Sport
Samuel Luckhurst

A winter tournament would wreak havoc to the European football calendar and, for the majority, that is non-negotiable. The awful alternative is that the season would begin after the World Cup, depriving supporters of watching their club for two-thirds of a year.

A Winter World Cup? Why Not?

Paul Vale | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Sport
Paul Vale

We can't possibly have a World Cup during the European winter, can we? If it means holding the world's biggest and most important football tournament in temperate conditions, suitable for both players and fans, then yes... let's do it and soon.

Olympic Business Legacy Needs to Remain a Vital Part of the UK's Growth Agenda

Colin Stanbridge | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Colin Stanbridge

However great the achievements of British businesses last summer there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the chance of building a business legacy from the Games is not lost.

Fifa Play Down Blatter's Comments 2022 World Cup Could Be Re-Run

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Sport

FIFA have moved to clarify an interview with Sepp Blatter in which the organisation's president suggested the vote to stage the 2022 World Cup could b...

Qatar World Cup Likely To Move To Winter

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Sport

The prospect of the 2022 World Cup being switched to the winter has increased after both Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards and Britain's FIFA ...

Obesity, Water Scarcity, Unemployment and Why Qatar Needs to Look at Its History for a Solution

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Water usage needs to become the responsibility of every individual and entity in Qatar with a realization that their current attitude flies in the face of their very culture.

Doha, Beckham and the 'Arab Summer'

Damon Boughen | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

Several people this week found out that Qatar existed after the signing of David Beckham to Paris St. Germain.

Hamas Rolls Out Red Carpet In Gaza

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK

The red carpet was rolled out in Gaza for the Emir of Qatar, who became the first head of state to visit the territory since the Islamist movement Ham...

Fifa Ban Mohamed Bin Hammam From Football For Life

BBC Sport | BBC Sport | Posted 22.09.2011 | UK

Former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam has been banned from football for life after being found guilty of attempted bribery....