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FIFA World Cup: Serbia face probe from football's governing body over depiction of Kosovo flag
Football

FIFA World Cup: Serbia face probe from football's governing body over depiction of Kosovo flag

The Kosovo football federation (FFK) filed a complaint with the governing body after photos showed a version of the Serbian flag with a map including Kosovo as part of the country and stamped with the slogan "there will be no surrender".

Empty streets and idle lobbies: Why the city built for Qatar's World Cup final is unusually quiet
World

Empty streets and idle lobbies: Why the city built for Qatar's World Cup final is unusually quiet

With soccer's biggest event underway, Lusail, the city built for Qatar's World Cup, is raising concerns about how much use the infrastructure built for the event will receive after more than a million soccer fans leave the small Gulf Arab nation following the tournament

Zakir Naik saga exposes Europe and Qatar: They should stop lecturing India on trade relations and religious tolerance
World

Zakir Naik saga exposes Europe and Qatar: They should stop lecturing India on trade relations and religious tolerance

While Qatar’s Islamist connections are well known, the Western world’s supposed commitment to human rights and liberal values takes a back seat when the commercial interests take the wheel

FIFA World Cup: 2.95 million tickets sold so far in Qatar
Football

FIFA World Cup: 2.95 million tickets sold so far in Qatar

Qatar has already overtaken Russia 2018, when just over 2.4 million tickets were sold.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino accuses Qatar World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy'
Football

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino accuses Qatar World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy'

The World Cup kicks off on Sunday when host nation Qatar take on Ecuador in the opening match.

Gianni Infantino to get four more years as FIFA president
Football

Gianni Infantino to get four more years as FIFA president

The 52-year-old Swiss lawyer was confirmed by FIFA to be the only person to enter the race by the time the deadline passed.

Explained: Qatar's role in diplomacy ahead of 2022 World Cup
World

Explained: Qatar's role in diplomacy ahead of 2022 World Cup

Qatar's quest for global influence ranges wide and runs deep. Flush with gas billions, the country has sought to mediate conflicts far afield but its brazen stances have also sparked diplomatic conflict back home

Amnesty International pleads for FIFA to compensate World Cup migrant workers
World

Amnesty International pleads for FIFA to compensate World Cup migrant workers

Workers have complained of working conditions that amount to forced labour, lost and unpaid wages, and long hours without days off.

No kissing or consumption of alcohol in public: How Islam in Qatar will affect FIFA World Cup
World

No kissing or consumption of alcohol in public: How Islam in Qatar will affect FIFA World Cup

Qatar's laws are rooted in Islamic Shariah law, but also includes civil laws. Tourists are also expected to dress in a way that is sensitive to Qatar's norms. It is also illegal to consume alcohol in public places other than hotels, restaurants, and bars

FIFA World Cup: England won't be silenced by FIFA plea to focus on football, says Gareth Southgate
Football

FIFA World Cup: England won't be silenced by FIFA plea to focus on football, says Gareth Southgate

A World Cup ambassador sparked outrage this week by calling homosexuality, which is illegal in the Gulf state, "damage in the mind".

Travelling to Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022? A guide to the host country
World

Travelling to Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022? A guide to the host country

Qatar, sharing a land border with Saudi Arabia, is all set to host FIFA World Cup 2022. Ahead of the tournament, here's a look at its history, politics and military

Explained: Qatar's carbon offset plan to make World Cup eco-friendly
World

Explained: Qatar's carbon offset plan to make World Cup eco-friendly

For this year's FIFA World Cup, Qatar has pledged to voluntarily buy credits to offset all the emissions from the games, which is a bold claim for a country that has spent the past 12 years building seven new stadiums, hotels, high-rises and roads for the event

FIFA president Gianni Infantino reveals broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cups
Football

FIFA president Gianni Infantino reveals broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cups

The FIFA president made the comments in Auckland hours before the draw for next year's Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will be the first to feature 32 teams.

Fury at FIFA president Gianni Infantino's kickabout in Indonesia after stadium tragedy
Football

Fury at FIFA president Gianni Infantino's kickabout in Indonesia after stadium tragedy

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday in the capital Jakarta, the pair pledging to boost match safety and rebuild Arema FC's Kanjuruhan stadium to avoid a repeat of the disaster.

FIFA won't sanction Indonesia over fatal stampede, says Joko Widodo
Football

FIFA won't sanction Indonesia over fatal stampede, says Joko Widodo

The Indonesian president said that FIFA chief Gianni Infantino contacted him and said that Indonesia will remain the host of 2023 FIFA World Cup.

Violence, tear gas and a deadly crush: How chaos unfolded at Indonesia's soccer match
World

Violence, tear gas and a deadly crush: How chaos unfolded at Indonesia's soccer match

Panic broke out at an Indonesian soccer match when police fired tear gas to disperse supporters invading the pitch after Persebaya Surabaya defeated Arema Malang. In the chaos, 125 people died and dozens more were injured

FIFA-AFC delegation meets promoters of ISL, national coach Igor Stimac
Football

FIFA-AFC delegation meets promoters of ISL, national coach Igor Stimac

The AIFF Secretary General Shaji Prabhakaran said that once the roadmap is ready, it will reflect on our work.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino might call on PM Modi next month to discuss Indian football
Football

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino might call on PM Modi next month to discuss Indian football

Narendra Modi will meet the FIFA President during the final leg of the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, which is to be held in India from 11 to 30 October.

Cabinet nod for signing of guarantees for FIFA U17 women's world cup
Football

Cabinet nod for signing of guarantees for FIFA U17 women's world cup

The government on Wednesday approved the signing of guarantees for hosting the Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in India from October 11 to 30

Cabinet approves signing of guarantees for hosting FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup 2022 in India
India

Cabinet approves signing of guarantees for hosting FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup 2022 in India

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be held between 11 to 30 October. The AIFF has proposed holding of the competition matches in three venues - Bhubaneshwar, Navi Mumbai and Goa