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Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 06:59 UTC

Headache for FIFA: Amnesty again blasts Qatar for rampant abuse of migrant workers

Sherif Elsayed-Ali said ”urgent action is needed to ensure we do not end up with a World Cup tournament that is built on forced labor and exploitation.”

Qatar’s authorities are lagging severely behind on efforts to address the rampant abuse of migrant workers’ rights, Amnesty International said in a briefing published six months after the government announced a series of reforms to tackle exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Saturday, November 8th 2014 - 10:18 UTC

Former US soccer leader Blazer spied on FIFA as an FBI informant

The FBI pressured Blazer into working for them from 2011 because he failed to pay income taxes on millions of dollars he made as a leader of CONCACAF

Chuck Blazer, once the most powerful man in US soccer, was an FBI informant used to spy on Fifa, the New York Daily News reports. Blazer, who is now suffering from cancer, secretly recorded conversations with officials he arranged to meet at his London hotel during the 2012 Olympics, the report said.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 10:04 UTC

Three Argentine players nominated for the 2014 Golden Ball

Messi, Mascherano who play for Barcelona and Manchester United Angel di María are in the list

Three Argentine players have been nominated for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded by FIFA and France Football magazine to the best player of the year.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 09:43 UTC

Cosmonauts unveil from space the emblem of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia have released the logo for the 2018 World Cup from the Space

The official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been unveiled by the cosmonauts at the International Space Station. The logo was then projected onto the iconic Bolshoi Theater building in the heart of Russian capital, Moscow.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 - 04:48 UTC

Blatter favors playing the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November/December

“We cannot play the World Cup in summer,” said Blatter. ‘The date which is the most convenient is the end of the year.”

Holding the controversy-plagued 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar at the end of that year rather than the scorching summer is FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s preferred option, he told French radio station France Info.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 11:01 UTC

FIFA will not make public full report on alleged corruption in 2018/22 World Cup bidding

“Publishing the report in full would actually put the FIFA Ethics Committee and FIFA itself in a very difficult situation legally,” said Eckert

FIFA’s ethics judge says full publication of Michael Garcia’s report on alleged corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race is not legally possible and would breach confidentiality agreements with interviewees.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Friday, October 10th 2014 - 04:47 UTC

Damon Albarn apologizes to Argentina for Top Gear's offensive behavior

The English singer-musician was cheered by his audience in Buenos Aires

Damon Albarn has apologized to the people of Argentina after Top Gear offended the population with an inappropriate number plate while filming their BBC show in the country. In effect during his set at one Buenos Aires main theatres this week the Blur front-man called To Gear's Jeremy Clarkson a “f****** a*****” over the serious gaffe.

Wednesday, October 1st 2014 - 07:00 UTC

UEFA member Gibraltar will appeal FIFA decision rejecting its incorporation

Gibraltar will play Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland on 11 October in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Gibraltar's football association has announced it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA rejected its bid to become a member. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the “FA of Gibraltar cannot be accepted as a member of FIFA” because it contravened the world governing body's statutes regarding independent territories.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 - 22:47 UTC

Blatter assures Asia (and Africa) votes for his fifth bid as FIFA president

”Our growth in world football can also be credited to the dynamic relationship that the AFC has with FIFA under the guidance of Mr. Blatter.”

Asian Football Confederation chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has joined his African counterpart in officially backing Sepp Blatter’s bid for re-election. Last week Issa Hayatou and the Confederation of African Football executive committee “unanimously resolved” to support Blatter for a fifth term as FIFA president.

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