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Russia's request to suspend FIFA ban for World Cup playoffs rejected
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Russia's request to suspend FIFA ban for World Cup playoffs rejected

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday refused to suspend FIFA's ban on Russia taking part in the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup finals that was imposed over the invasion of Ukraine.

2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar
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2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar

Qatar has faced constant criticism of the working conditions of its hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, including those who built the World Cup stadiums.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Paul Pogba to miss France matches due to thigh injury
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Paul Pogba to miss France matches due to thigh injury

France host Kazakhstan on Saturday knowing victory would secure a place at next year's World Cup, before their final Group D game in Finland next week.

Arsene Wenger says offside calls could be automated by next year, possibly by FIFA World Cup
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Arsene Wenger says offside calls could be automated by next year, possibly by FIFA World Cup

The former Arsenal manager also said he understood the opposition of many in football to his recommendation, which FIFA has embraced, to stage the World Cup every two years.

Sweden pull out of January training camp in Qatar citing concerns over migrant worker rights
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Sweden pull out of January training camp in Qatar citing concerns over migrant worker rights

The decision to withdraw came after discussions between the SVFF and Swedish domestic outfits late on Tuesday.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Japan, Australia in Group B for last round to make the cut for mega tournament
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Japan, Australia in Group B for last round to make the cut for mega tournament

The final round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup will begin in September.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Qatar's sole female Olympic rower Tala Abujbara wants to put 'best foot forward' in Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Qatar's sole female Olympic rower Tala Abujbara wants to put 'best foot forward' in Games

Abujbara is building up momentum from a creditable performance in the women's single sculls final at the world championships in Linz, Austria in 2019 as she heads to Tokyo

Norway decides against boycotting FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
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Norway decides against boycotting FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Norway, which has not qualified for a major international competition since Euro 2000, is currently fourth in its World Cup qualifying group.

South Africa football team coach announcement delayed due to COVID-19
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South Africa football team coach announcement delayed due to COVID-19

Former Real Madrid manager and twice Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is favourite to succeed sacked Molefi Ntseki just over a month before South Africa begin 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Ajax's Daley Blind to miss rest of Eredivisie season due to ankle injury, but hopes to be fit for Euro 2021
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Ajax's Daley Blind to miss rest of Eredivisie season due to ankle injury, but hopes to be fit for Euro 2021

Blind was hurt during the second half of his country’s 7-0 win over Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Germany's Toni Kroos slams hosts Qatar over treatment of migrant workers
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Germany's Toni Kroos slams hosts Qatar over treatment of migrant workers

Kroos' comments came after the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Norway all protested by wearing T-shirts with messages such as "Human Rights" or "Football supports change" before World Cup qualifiers over the last week.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Harry Kane ends England goal drought to sink Albania
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Harry Kane ends England goal drought to sink Albania

This was the England captain Kane's first international goal since he scored against Kosovo 500 days ago in November 2019.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Denmark players join protest against Qatar's treatment of migrant workers
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Denmark players join protest against Qatar's treatment of migrant workers

Players from Germany and the Netherlands have also protested in recent days as the European qualifying campaign begins for the 2022 tournament, the hosting of which was controversially awarded a decade ago to Qatar.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coronavirus pandemic blamed for lack of VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo's complaints
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coronavirus pandemic blamed for lack of VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo's complaints

Portugal's path to the 2022 World Cup has been complicated by Ronaldo being denied a stoppage-time winner against Serbia on Saturday

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Ousmane Dembele scores, Kylian Mbappe misses penalty as France beat Kazakhstan
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Ousmane Dembele scores, Kylian Mbappe misses penalty as France beat Kazakhstan

It was a welcome result for reigning world champions France after they kicked off their campaign in qualifying Group D by drawing 1-1 at home to Ukraine last Wednesday.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Netherlands players aim rights protest at Qatar ahead of Latvia clash
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Netherlands players aim rights protest at Qatar ahead of Latvia clash

Germany lined up before the Iceland game in black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out "Human Rights", while Norway donned T-shirts with the message "Human rights, on and off the pitch" before their qualifier against Gibraltar.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Denmark team promise to protest against Qatar in Moldova clash
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Denmark team promise to protest against Qatar in Moldova clash

Both Norway's and Germany's teams have already made protest gestures at their respective qualifiers, in both case by wearing shirts with human rights messages.

Qatar puts up 'for sale' sign with new property visas, offers permanent residency with $1mn purchase
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Qatar puts up 'for sale' sign with new property visas, offers permanent residency with $1mn purchase

Foreigners can now house hunt in 25 areas of Qatar — mostly in and around the capital Doha — nine on a freehold basis and the rest with 99-year leaseholds

Lionel Messi to put Barcelona drama behind him as Argentina begin 2022 World Cup qualifiers
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Lionel Messi to put Barcelona drama behind him as Argentina begin 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Messi, a record six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, has won everything in the club game with Barcelona several times over but his international trophy cabinet looks bare in comparison.

FIFA World Cup 2022 organisers in Qatar lay off employees after 'efficiency exercise'
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FIFA World Cup 2022 organisers in Qatar lay off employees after 'efficiency exercise'

Qatar has opened three of the eight stadiums that will be used in the tournament across November and December 2022 which means fewer staff overseeing building infrastructure are required.