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# Qatar 2022

Last year
# OneLove
Fifa accused of 'sinister abuse of power' over OneLove armband
Fifa threatened sporting sanctions, starting at a yellow card for the captains, if the armbands were worn.
# World Cup
Harry Kane still set to wear OneLove armband despite Fifa’s late intervention
Fifa has launched a new captain’s armband on the eve of the World Cup in Qatar.
Qatar 2022: The carbon-neutral World Cup that never was
A report by
Lauren Boland
Qatar and FIFA promised a carbon-neutral World Cup, but experts argue it is far from that.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Joe Lycett urges David Beckham to abandon Qatar football deal due to country's LGBTQ laws
# looking ahead
Final four? Surprise package? Biggest flop? Our writers' World Cup predictions
The42′s journalists look ahead to Qatar 2022.
# absent friends
Missing XI: The best players not at the 2022 World Cup
Erling Haaland and some of the other stars you won’t see in Qatar.
# Qatar 2022
Another injury headache for Southgate as Chilwell ruled out of World Cup
The 25-year-old damaged his hamstring against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek.
# Protest
Ukraine calls for Iran to be banned from World Cup
Anti-government protests have engulfed the Middle East country since the death in custody of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini.
# Qatar 2022
Senegal forward Balde set to miss World Cup after being handed three-month doping ban
The Africa Cup of Nations winner, currently at Spartak Moscow, has been suspended until 5 December.
# rebuttal
Qatar 2022 chief warns Southgate to 'pick his words carefully'
The England boss had previously voiced concerns over the country’s suitability as World Cup hosts.
# Distraction
Controversy as Mo Salah and team-mates targeted with lasers during shoot-out loss
The Liverpool star was among three Egypt players to miss a spot-kick as Senegal booked their spot in Qatar.
# Heartbreak
Despair for Colombia and Chile in World Cup qualifiers
With Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay already qualified, all that was to play for in the final round of South American qualifying was fifth place.
# Ukraine
Russia’s Qatar World Cup hopes appear to be over after Cas rejects appeal
Russia was suspended from Fifa competitions on 28 February.
All time
# Qatar 2022
Play-off draw ensures that at least one of Portugal or Italy will miss the World Cup
The European heavyweights are on the same side of the draw.
# Qatar 2022
Argentina qualify for World Cup after Brazil draw
Messi couldn’t help his side break the deadlock.
# off form
Ireland fall 6 places in latest Fifa rankings, as World Cup seeding blow confirmed
As expected, Stephen Kenny’s side have been placed in Pot 3.
# Preview
Crucial World Cup ranking points at stake, as Ireland aim to end barren run against Ryan Giggs-less Wales
Stephen Kenny’s side are also aiming a run of five games without a goal.
# Future
'Tides can turn' but Southgate has no plans to quit England ahead of 2022 World Cup
The manager has outlined his intention to remain in charge through Qatar, depending on how Euro 2020 goes.
# bright idea
Fifa scrap plan to expand World Cup to 48 teams for Qatar 2022
The tournament will still be played between 21 November and 18 December.
# Qatar
'For football, Qatar 2022 is great news' - Graeme Souness looking forward to next World Cup
The former Liverpool star feels that the considerable decrease in travelling time will help the players and fans alike.
# Qatar 2022
Talks for 48-team World Cup put on hold - Infantino
Plans for the 2022 Qatar tournament to feature 48 teams have been shelved according to the Fifa president.
# Corruption
How a €7m Italian mansion is at the centre of bribery scandal involving PSG's owner
Nasser al-Khelaifi and Jerome Valcke are under investigation by Swiss prosecutors.
# revelations
Sepp Blatter says 2018 & 2022 World Cup hosts were decided well before the vote took place
The Fifa president has given a remarkable interview to Russian media.
# Controversial
The dates for a pre-Christmas 2022 World Cup have been officially confirmed
The move will heavily disrupt scheduling for the Premier League and several other competitions.
# in with the old
Is this the man to save Fifa? Michel Platini set to run for presidency
Frenchman expected to announce his plans later this week.
# Concern
Delaney fears taking 2022 World Cup from Qatar could 'bankrupt' Fifa
The FAI chief executive is concerned about potential legal action.
# Save the Date
We have a date for the 2022 World Cup Final in Qatar - and no, it's not on Christmas Eve
Santa will have time to fit the football in before he sets off around the world.
# Saga
Qatar 2022 saga 'damaging to Fifa' - John Delaney
The head of the FAI says Fifa should have been clear it was always going to be a winter tournament.
# Nuisance
My sporting wish for 2015: Sepp Blatter to step down as FIFA President
The controversial 78-year-old has been head of the organisation since 1998.
# no surprise
Fifa reject complaints of the man who investigated alleged corruption for them
Michael Garcia appealed the version of his report that was released, calling it ‘incomplete and erroneous’.
# Qatar 2022
Big sponsors are putting pressure on FIFA following more Qatar World Cup allegations
Adidas, Visa, Hyundai and Sony all expressed their concern over the weekend.
# Exploitation
Concerns raised about some Irish businesses involved with Qatar World Cup
As fresh bribery allegations throw the spotlight back on to Qatar, an Irish human rights lawyer has warned that the country’s ‘kafala’ labour system is leading to the exploitation of migrant workers.
# Qatar 2022
Blatter admits that Qatar World Cup is a 'mistake'. In other news, water is wet.
It’s okay though, says Sepp, because “everyone makes mistakes in life.”
Ski chief fears impact of winter World Cup on 2022 Olympics
A 2022 football World Cup in Qatar could detract from the traditional quadrennial winter Games.
# Art
Qatar buys controversial Zidane head-butt statue
Because why not?
# Qatar 2022
Qatar 2022 organisers 'appalled' by slavery claims
44 Nepalese workers died after being subjected to conditions akin to “modern-day slavery” according to one investigation.
# Future Star
10-year-old Irish footballer gets 2-year extension at Barcelona
Here’s Zak Gilsenan celebrating the good news with Neymar at his lavish unveiling.
# Qatar 2022
Premier League will accept winter World Cup, says EPL chairman
‘I think they will play the World Cup at a time that is proper for football but they will have to speak to the leagues in Europe. ‘
Sepp Blatter doesn't rule out switching 2022 World Cup from Qatar
The FIFA president also insisted that the organisation’s ethics committee “are not just lying on the beach” as they look set to probe allegations surrounding the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
# Qatar 2022
FIFA president's "joke" to gay fans: avoid sex in Qatar
Sepp Blatter says fans should refrain from sexual activity – but that Qatar’s anti-gay laws will not impact on the World Cup.