Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting rights from rivals like the United States and Australia by hiring former CIA officer turned private contractor Kevin Chalker
Southgate, who also masterminded a run to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has transformed his team into serious contenders after years of underachievement
CEO Nasser al-Khater said Qatar has not been given enough credit for its labour reforms aimed at improving conditions for migrant workers, mostly from South Asia.
FIFA changed the World Cup qualifying format for the intercontinental playoffs on Friday to be single-leg games at a neutral venue.
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.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa was picked up by police at a Nairobi hotel the day after the government set up a caretaker committee to run the body and further investigate alleged financial irregularities during his tenure.
The 20 teams also all opposed a FIFA proposal to reduce the five windows for international men's matches to just two in a year.
Kenya disbands national football federation due to allegations of corruption, puts caretaker committee in charge
Kenya Sports Minister Amina Mohamed said the action was taken after a government investigation into the finances of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) revealed it had failed to account for all funds received from the government and other sponsors.
Chiellini's absence is a big blow heading into Friday's clash in Rome against the Swiss, who trail Group C leaders Italy on goal difference with two games remaining for both teams
The 10 group winners will secure qualification for football's global showpiece which kicks off on 21 November, 2022. The 10 runners-up will get another chance to qualify in play-offs next March
Chile, ranked 37th in FIFA chart, and Venezuela (56th) are the other teams that the 57th-ranked Indians will face in the 25 November to 1 December tournament to be held in Manaus, Brazil
The 85-year-old Blatter and 66-year-old Platini now face a trial within months at federal criminal court in Bellinzona. They could be jailed for several years if found guilty.
FIFA will hold a summit in December with president Gianni Infantino still hoping to find consensus on plans to stage the men's tournament more often than the current four-year cycle.
FIFPro, European Leagues announced a joint manifesto calling for greater influence over decisions affecting the future of the sport
Qatar, with a population of approximately 2.75 million, will be the first ever Middle East World Cup host nation between 21 November and 18 December next year.
FIFA has been actively pushing the idea of a biennial World Cup, rather than staging the competition every four years.
The latest edition of the tournament – which features the champions of the six continental confederations along with the top team in the host nation – was due to be played at the end of this year in Japan before it pulled out as host because of the pandemic.
European football's governing body presented the findings of the study to the leaders of its 55 member federations on Tuesday.
Infantino, who is working with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to gain support for World Cups every two years, claims the plans would help more nations qualify to play on the biggest stage.
FIFA revealed its detailed plan last month, after meeting with retired players, to redraft the calendar of international football competitions with biennial World Cups for men and women at the heart. The proposal was strongly backed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.