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# Qatar World Cup

Last year
# Goat
Pep Guardiola hails Messi as greatest footballer ever
City manager describes World Cup win as ‘final achievement of an incredible career’ for Messi.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the World Cup final?
Argentina will take on reigning champions France in the final today.
# A step too VAR
France file complaint with Fifa over Griezmann's disallowed goal
French Football Federation say equaliser was wrongly ruled out.
# Departure
England defender Ben White leaves World Cup squad for 'personal reasons'
A statement from the English FA confirmed that the Arsenal star is not expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
# World Cup
Coveney criticises Fifa's 'extraordinary' decision on One Love armbands
Under Fifa’s rules, players wearing kit that is not authorised by the governing body could be shown a yellow card.
# Qatar World Cup
Gay Australian footballer Cavallo 'lost respect' for Fifa
‘All the work my fellow allies and the LGBTQ+ community are doing to make football inclusive, you have shown that football isn’t a place for everyone.’
# Beer Ban
Alcohol u-turn as Fifa ban beer in stadiums two days before Qatar World Cup begins
The move follows ‘discussions’ with the host nation.
# 2022
World Cup organisers apologise after staff threaten to 'smash' Danish TV crew's camera
They claimed security staff mistakenly interrupted a live broadcast.
# speaking up
Bale says Wales can 'shed a light on the problems' in Qatar during World Cup
Bale has echoed the Football Association of Wales’ determination to speak out on human rights and LGBT issues surrounding the World Cup.
# Coming Home
‘England could go all the way’ – Gary Lineker optimistic ahead of World Cup
The former England striker believes Gareth Southgate’s team can be a contender for glory in Qatar.
# Qatar World Cup
Amnesty pleads for Fifa to compensate World Cup migrant workers
Sponsors including Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have backed the initial call.
# voting controversy
Sepp Blatter: The choice of Qatar to host the World Cup was a mistake
Former Fifa president says that former Uefa president Michel Platini helped turn the vote in Gulf state’s favour.
# On the plane
Eriksen in Denmark's preliminary World Cup squad, Australia include Newcastle-bound teen star
Eriksen spent eight months out of the game after collapsing in Denmark’s opening game of the European Championships last year.
# Controversy
Hacking gang targeted Qatar World Cup critics
A dozen lawyers, journalists and famous people were victims of the scheme.
# Qatar World Cup
'You don't have to take Qatari money': Gary Neville called out on Have I Got News For You
Neville will be working as a commentator for Qatar’s state-owned broadcaster BeIN Sports.
# Qatar World Cup
Taoiseach: There 'can't be any inhibition' for LGBT people to attend World Cup in Qatar
It comes after UK foreign secretary James Cleverly said LGBT football fans should be “respectful of the host nation” if they attend the tournament.
# Qatar World Cup
'Abhorrent': UK Foreign Secretary under fire for urging LGBT football fans to ‘respect’ Qatar
Longtime campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was questioned by Qatari police over an LGBT protest, said James Cleverly should condemn Qatari human rights abuses.
# Liberation
Gary Lineker hopes gay footballer comes out during Qatar World Cup
The former England striker believes this act would send a strong message to the host nation.
# Captain's armband
Fifa urged to let captains wear rainbow-coloured armbands in Qatar
Governing body yet to confirm whether players will be permitted to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband
# Switch
Fixture change as Qatar World Cup is now set to start a day early on 20 November
The move, which should be approved by the FIFA Council this week, will retain the tradition of the first match featuring the host country.
# 3D
Semi-automated offside technology to be used at World Cup in Qatar
The technology is expected to cut by more than half the time taken on average to reach a decision.
# Qatar
Female referees to officiate at men’s World Cup finals for first time
Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan have been included on Fifa’s official list.
# Human Rights
Norwegian football president makes powerful speech criticising Qatar World Cup
Speaking at the Fifa Congress in Doha, Lise Klaveness said the 2022 finals were awarded ‘in unacceptable ways, with unacceptable consequences’.
All time
# Qatar World Cup
'We need the pressure to continue to build' - calls for FAI to speak up for migrants’ rights in Qatar
Bohemians and Amnesty International Ireland have made their voices heard, as the Republic of Ireland face the 2022 World Cup hosts in a friendly game tonight.
Fifa won't punish Germany for human rights protest aimed at Qatar
The German team lined up to display the message before Thursday’s 3-0 win over Iceland.
# Investigation
'He has nothing to blame himself for,' insists Platini's lawyer amid Qatar World Cup police probe
William Bourdon, who is representing the former UEFA president, also stressed that the 63-year-old has not been arrested.
# crisis
As Middle East is hit with massive political instability, Qatar's 2022 World Cup is in jeopardy
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with the country.
# Qatar World Cup
Sepp Blatter thinks the Qatar World Cup allegations are all a bit racist
FIFA critics “want to destroy the institution, because our institution is too strong,” says Blatter.
# Qatar World Cup
Australia is thinking about another bid to host the 2022 World Cup
FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce wants voting to be re-opened if latest corruption allegations are proven to be true.
# Shambles
FIFA chief says Qatar World Cup could actually be held in 2023
General secretary Jerome Valcke has confirmed the 2022 finals won’t take place during the traditional June-July period.
# Clocked
Ding dong Blatter open to hearing Qatar's side in worker abuse claims
‘I have listened to the ding from lots critics and I am going to Qatar to listen to the dong.’