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Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums
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Explained: Why FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar is averse to rainbow flags at stadiums

Rainbow flags will supposedly be taken away from fans at the World Cup in Qatar 'to protect them' from attacks in the conservative Gulf nation.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar drops 'criminal' proceedings against stadium worker
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar drops 'criminal' proceedings against stadium worker

Schietekat, who fled the country, was charged with sex outside wedlock — a crime in Qatar — after reporting an assault against her.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Rainbow flags could be taken from fans ‘to protect them’, says tournament official
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Rainbow flags could be taken from fans ‘to protect them’, says tournament official

Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament, is against the overt promotion of LGBTQ freedoms as symbolised by the rainbow flag that FIFA and World Cup organisers had previously said would be welcome across Qatar’s eight stadiums.

FIFA World Cup 2022: England boss Gareth Southgate wary of little preparation time for finals despite kind draw
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FIFA World Cup 2022: England boss Gareth Southgate wary of little preparation time for finals despite kind draw

However, Southgate's men are now considered one of the favourites for the tournament after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup four years ago and then the final of Euro 2020.

FIFA World Cup 2022 official match ball will be the 'fastest ever', say designers
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FIFA World Cup 2022 official match ball will be the 'fastest ever', say designers

The ball made by Adidas is called Al Rihla, which means "the journey" in Arabic, and its design "is inspired by the culture, architecture, iconic boats and flag of Qatar", FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA quietly phasing biennial World Cup plans out ahead of annual congress
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FIFA quietly phasing biennial World Cup plans out ahead of annual congress

The biennial World Cup has been left off the agenda, with only changes to the women's football calendar scheduled for a vote by the 211 member associations.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Hosts Qatar hit back at 'ridiculous' attack by Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Hosts Qatar hit back at 'ridiculous' attack by Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal

Van Gaal said this week that it was "ridiculous" for the World Cup to be held in Qatar and that FIFA had only been motivated by money.

FIFA in 'advanced discussions' to expel Russia from World Cup, discloses source
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FIFA in 'advanced discussions' to expel Russia from World Cup, discloses source

The International Olympic Committee on Monday called on sports organisers to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from international events "in order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants".

Russia facing World Cup exile after 'unacceptable' FIFA plan
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Russia facing World Cup exile after 'unacceptable' FIFA plan

FIFA ordered Russia to play home internationals at neutral venues where their national flag and anthem would be banned.

Igor Stimac says qualifying regularly and doing well in Asian Cup must for India to achieve bigger target
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Igor Stimac says qualifying regularly and doing well in Asian Cup must for India to achieve bigger target

India must work towards qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup and "doing well there" on a regular basis in order to achieve bigger goals, says men's national football team head coach Stimac.

After Beijing Winter Olympics, China hopes to host FIFA World Cup in future
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After Beijing Winter Olympics, China hopes to host FIFA World Cup in future

Football fan President Xi Jinping has said he wants China to stage and even win the men's World Cup one day, and the country has been building and renovating stadiums in apparent anticipation

2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino
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2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino

The same message was given by World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who highlighted the "unique challenges" faced by organisers because of the pandemic.

FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence
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FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence

IOC President Thomas Bach chided FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino, an IOC member for the past two years, for not being in Beijing to hear the criticism.

AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: Ji So-yun's late strike stuns Australia, sends South Korea into semi-finals and World Cup
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AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: Ji So-yun's late strike stuns Australia, sends South Korea into semi-finals and World Cup

Riding Ji So-yun's late long-range stunner, South Korea halted the Australian juggernaut with a 1-0 win to enter the semifinals and book a 2023 FIFA World Cup spot on Sunday.

CONMEBOL president says there is 'no chance' of biennial FIFA World Cup
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CONMEBOL president says there is 'no chance' of biennial FIFA World Cup

Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL, told The Associated Press on Thursday that it's a “waste of time” for FIFA President Gianni Infantino to continue pushing his desire to stage a World Cup every two years.

Gianni Infantino says biennial FIFA World Cups can 'give hope' to potential migrants
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Gianni Infantino says biennial FIFA World Cups can 'give hope' to potential migrants

The idea of a World Cup every two years, rather than every four as it has been since 1930, has faced a hostile reception from the European and South American federations as well as the big clubs. But it enjoys the unanimous support among the 54 African federations.

AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: Team mentally strong, there's belief we can do well, says India goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan
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AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: Team mentally strong, there's belief we can do well, says India goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

Despite being held to a goal-less draw in their opening game against Iran, the Indian team have a lot of "belief" that they can do well in the tournament, said Aditi on Saturday.

AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: We have enough quality to qualify for the World Cup, says Bala Devi
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AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: We have enough quality to qualify for the World Cup, says Bala Devi

Indian women's football path-breaker N Bala Devi feels the team has enough quality to do well in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup and secure a maiden qualification to next FIFA World Cup.

AFC Asian Cup: 'Anything can happen if we reach knockouts', says Thomas Dennerby on Indian team's chances
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AFC Asian Cup: 'Anything can happen if we reach knockouts', says Thomas Dennerby on Indian team's chances

Dennerby has served as coach of Sweden and taken Nigeria to the World Cup after winning the African Championships. Now he dreams of achieving the feat with the Indian team

FIFA World Cup 2018 star Kylian Mbappe against switch to biannual format
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FIFA World Cup 2018 star Kylian Mbappe against switch to biannual format

Mbappe said it was important not to wear players out, but that maintaining the competition's beauty was his key motive.