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USA Soccer cancels plans for men's team to train in Doha

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The US men's soccer team drops plans to set up a training camp in Doha 'due to the developing situation in the region'

NEW PLANS. The US soccer team, which had hoped to check the country hosting the 2022 World Cup, looks for a new training site. Photo by Tytus Omijewski/EPA-EFE

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Qatar, FIFA urged to protect 800,000 workers from desert heat

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Human Rights Watch also calls on the Gulf state to investigate workers' deaths and make those findings public

TIME OUT. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Qatar's workers seek security with labor law change

Dec 12, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Qatar is expected to announce the end of its controversial kafala sponsorship law replacing it with a contract based system for workers

A migrant worker carries a pole at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Fire at under-construction Qatar shopping complex

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:59 PM

UPDATED Local media says the fire broke out at the construction site of the Mall of Qatar Authorities say they have completely contained the fire and that there are no injuries

Swiss prosecutors probe 53 'suspicious' transactions in FIFA case

Jun 17, 2015 - 5:22 PM

Attorney general Michael Lauber says the cases have been reported under Switzerland s anti money laundering alert mechanism

EYE ON FIFA. Swiss attorney General Michael Lauber speaks during a press conference on June 17, 2015 in Bern. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Football: Computer data seized at FIFA HQ

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Swiss authorities are investigating the 2010 FIFA vote that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar

View of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 19 March 2010 Alessandro della Bella/EPA

Russia, Qatar may lose World Cups 'if bribery found'

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:52 AM

The comments by the head of FIFA s auditing and compliance committee come as bribery claims mount against disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. The FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 14 November 2014. Walter Bieri/EPA

Australian football chief says 2022 World Cup race 'not clean'

Jun 03, 2015 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Football Federation Australia chief: We ran a clean bid I know that others did not and I have shared what I know with the authorities

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. A file picture dated October 29, 2007 of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquaters in Zurich, Switzerland. Steffen Schmidt/EPA

2022 World Cup stays on 32 teams – Blatter

May 30, 2015 - 10:15 PM

FIFA also confirms that the same continent cannot hold the World Cup twice in a row ruling out a Chinese bid for 2026

FOOTBALL HQ. This file photo taken on March 20, 2015 shows members of the media waiting next to the logo of the world’s football governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich. Michael Buholzer/AFP

Qatar failing to deliver on labor reform – Amnesty

May 21, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Amnesty says Doha has failed to deliver reforms in key areas such as pay the kafala system and curbs on changing employers

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Foreign construction workers work at the construction site of Lusail Multipurpose Sports Hall in Doha, Qatar, November 19, 2013. Stringer/EPA

Qatar to house 250,000 laborers in new 'cities'

May 06, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Ministers say all 7 should be built by the end of 2016 and that the largest Labour City for 70 000 people and complete with its own 24 000 seat cricket stadium will begin housing workers in the next few weeks

Migrant laborers work on a construction site on October 3, 2013 in Doha in Qatar. Karim Jaafar/Al-Watan Doha/AFP

Qatar hopes to end 'kafala' system in 2015 – minister

May 05, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Labor minister: We discussed it our stakeholders have looked at it Now it is on track

In this file photo, foreign construction workers leave a construction site in Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2013. Stringer/EPA

FIFA moves 2022 World Cup to December, triples player compensation

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:23 PM

We are taking a huge step forward in promoting relations between FIFA and the clubs in a spirit of mutual and constructive cooperation

FIFA President Joseph Blatter speaks to journalists following the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, 20 March 2015. Photo by Ennio Leanza/EPA

FIFA must compensate, says German league boss

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:06 PM

DFL president Reinhard Rauball believes FIFA should compensate leagues that will be affected by the change of dates for World Cup 2022

The official DFL (German Football League) match ball for the Bundesliga season 2014/2015. Photo by Stefan Puchner/EPA

Winter World Cup for 2022 sparks Europe anger

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Europe s top leagues and clubs who fear a costly disruption to their domestic championships expressed immediate opposition

A file picture dated 29 October 2007 of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquaters in Zurich, Switzerland. Steffen Schmidt/EPA

Blatter: Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The world football chief reiterates his backing for the tournament after a British newspaper publishes fresh allegations about the bidding process

BLATTER IN MANILA. FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his message during the AFC's 60th Anniversary and Annual Awards held in Manila on November 30, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

World Cup host Qatar vows to change 'kafala' labor law

Nov 16, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Qatar s treatment of its massive foreign workforce has been under the international spotlight as it launches a massive construction program for the world football showcase in 2022

Foreign construction workers leave a construction site in Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2013. Stringer/EPA

Amnesty accuses Qatar of foot-dragging on labor rights

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Amnesty: Urgent action is needed to ensure we do not end up with a World Cup tournament that is built on forced labor and exploitation

Foreign construction workers leave a construction site in Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2013. Stringer/EPA

Qatar 'detains' Britons probing World Cup labor conditions

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:42 PM

The Norway based Global Network for Rights and Development said Wednesday September 3 that two British staff had disappeared in the Qatari capital

PREPS FOR 2022. An image made available by the Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), on May 20, 2014, shows work at al-Wakrah Stadium, one of the proposed host venues for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. AFP / Handout / Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)

World Cup sponsors demand FIFA investigate corruption charges

Jun 09, 2014 - 4:58 AM

Major sponsors Adidas Sony and Visa on Sunday demanded that FIFA thoroughly investigate corruption allegations over Qatar s 2022 World Cup bid

UNDER FIRE. File photo from 2010 shows FIFA President Joseph Blatter announcing that Qatar will be hosting the 2022 Soccer World Cup during the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid Announcement in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Walter Bieri/EPA

Winter schedule envisaged for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Jan 08, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in June and July but would best be held in the winter time